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Great Coast Road, West Coast road trip Westport to Greymouth

Cape Foulwind

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Lighthouse at Cape Foulwind, West Coast Lighthouse at Cape Foulwind, West Coast

Take your first detour to Cape Foulwind. It’s a mere 15-minute drive from the centre of Westport. The walk up to the lookout point is easy. Park at the Tauranga Bay carpark to access the walkway. The walk 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. The name was given by Captain Cook with the winds, ocean currents creating challenging sea conditions.

  • Length: 500m
  • Duration: 15 minutes
Cape Foulwind seal colony

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.

Longer option: Seal colony viewpoint to Cape Foulwind lighthouse

  • Length: 2.5 km – 3.7 km depending on where you entered the walkway
  • Duration: 1 hour, easy flat walk

From the seal colony, a longer walking track leads to Cape Foulwind lighthouse.

Return the same way or arrange transport from Cape Foulwind car park.

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