Cape Foulwind has one of New Zealand’s best short walks as it embraces spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife, a lighthouse and weka (bird) sightings. A one hour loop walk ensures you get to soak up the scenery on the return and stop to observe seals you missed before.
Tauranga Bay seal colony short boardwalk
Tauranga Bay carpark to seal colony viewpoint. This is wheelchair accessible with spectacular views of the coast and seal colony. At first the seals are indistinguishable from the rocks. Wait a while, let your eyes adjust to the shades of the rocks and the seals will pop into your line of sight. Look to the waterline to observe seals as they emerge from the sea onto the rocks.
- Time: 15 min
- Distance: 500 m
- Toilets: Car park
Cape Foulwind short walk takes you from Tauranga Bay along a rocky headland to a viewpoint overlooking a New Zealand fur seal breeding colony. Panels along the track tell stories of Māori history, sea voyages and early explorers.