Introduction

Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay are on the coastline about 16 km south-west of Westport. Tracks include the Seal Colony Walk and the Cape Foulwind Walkway.

Track overview

1 km - 2.9 km one way

Walking and tramping

30 min - 1 hr 15 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Cape Foulwind signpost. Photo: photographer unknown.
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.

Getting there

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.

Contacts

Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 731 1895
Address:   4294 Coast Road
Punakaiki
RD 1
Runanga 7873
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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