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Ngawi Fishing Village
Ngawi Fishing Village
Country  New Zealand
Region Wellington
Territorial authority South Wairarapa District
Ward Ngawi
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s) 06

Ngawi (pronounced "naa-wee") is a small fishing / holiday town within five kilometers of Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of New Zealand's North Island. The town is made up of mainly small wooden houses, which are often called baches.

Ngawi has more bulldozers per capita than anywhere else. The bulldozers are used to haul fishing boats into and out of the water as there is no wharf or other access to the ocean other than the beach, which can be notoriously rough at times.[1]

The location has a large population of fur seals, and is popular not just with commercial but recreational fishermen. The best fish to catch are Paua (a type of abalone which is prized for its iridescent shell as well as the flesh), crayfish (also known as rock lobster), and cod. The place is popular with all types of fishermen, including spearfishers.

Ngawi is known for its "exposed" climate, its intense and prolonged wind and the fact that there are almost no trees on this isolated coast.The weather can become extremely hot in summer.

A number of ships have become victim to this rough coastline.

Panoramic View of Ngawi and Palliser Bay
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