Shorter option: Tauranga Bay carpark to seal colony viewpoint
Time: 15 min
Distance: 500 m
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
Time: 1 hr
Distance: 2.9 km
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.
The nearest town is Westport (16 km).
Follow Cape Foulwind Road (SH67A) for 11 km to the former Holcim cement works. Turn left into Tauranga Bay Road to access the Tauranga Bay car park (southern end).
The longer option can also be accessed from the Cape Foulwind lighthouse car park (northern end).
Nature and conservation
History and culture
Cape Foulwind was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 after his vessel was blown off course by the prevailing westerly winds.
Know before you go
What to expect
Elevation change: +/- 7 m
- Rapidly changing weather – this is a coastal walk.
Ensure you take:
- Waterproof and windproof jacket, hat and gloves.