Trail Info

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way

Walking Duration: 1 hr 15 mins
1 hour 15 minutes one way
Distance: 3.7 km

Fitness: Low
Cycling Grade: 2
Easy Walking Track

Dog Friendly: Yes

Tauranga Bay Road, Westport

A seal colony, a lighthouse and panoramic views of mountains and coastline feature on this spectacular coastal walkway.

  • With the beach close by as well it's a good option for children. 
  • New Zealand fur seal/kekeno breeding colony
  • Panoramic views of mountains and coastline
  • Cape Foulwind lighthouse

The seal breeding season from November to February is the busiest time of year for New Zealand fur seal/kekeno.

Cape Foulwind was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 after his vessel was blown off course by the prevailing westerly winds. 

There are different options for a shorter or longer walks.

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. 

How to get here:

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).

 Credit photo & content to NZ Walking Access & Shellie Evans


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