Cape Foulwind signpost
A well marked track along the coastline and over undulating farmland with an occasional stile over fences.
The walkway is situated on the Cape Foulwind headland,
about 16 km south-west of Westport. Carparks are located at the southern end (Tauranga Bay) and northern end (Cape Foulwind) of this spectacular walkway which features a seal colony, a lighthouse and also provides panoramic views of mountains and coastline.
Tauranga Bay carpark to Seal Colony Viewpoint
Time: 30 minutes, return
Distance: 1 km
From the Tauranga Bay car park at thesouthern end of the walkway, a fully accessible path brings you to a view point overlooking the kekeno (NZ fur seal) breeding colony.
Kekeno can be seen here all year round, numbers changing depending on the season. The busiest time of year is the breeding season from November to January.
Seal Colony Viewpoint to Cape Foulwind Lighthouse & carpark
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes, one way
Distance: 2.9 km
From the Seal Colony viewpoint the walkway changes to walking track standard, and continues northward along the coastal bluffs to pass by the Cape Foulwind lighthouse before reaching the northern end of the walkway and carpark.
Interpretation panels along this section of track tell of sea voyages, early explorers, timbermills and quarries.
The walk is one-way and you will need to arrange transport or return along the same walkway.
Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay are on the coastline about 16 km southwest of Westport. From Westport follow the Cape Foulwind Road 11 km, past the Holcim Cement Works turn to the left into Tauranga Bay Road.
The Cape Foulwind Walkway starts at the end of the Cape Foulwind Road and finishes at the Tauranga Bay car park. The walk is one-way and you will need to arrange transport at the track end or return along the same walkway.
Know before you go
Wear sturdy footwear, take warm windproof clothes and be aware that children will require tight supervision in exposed places along the coastline.