Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport NZ

A pleasant and easy walk through a re-vegetated strip of coast near Westport.

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport

On our first visit to the New Zealand’s West Coast we planned first to drive over from Christchurch via the Lewis Pass and spend a night in Westport, then drive down the coast and spend some time there doing walks in glacier country. Nevertheless, we had a couple of hours spare in Westport and went out to see the coast and discovered the pleasant Cape Foulwind Walkway. A local school and the DOC have been re-vegetating this coastal strip with native plants since the 90’s, so  it is quite attractive in places.

There is also a seal colony to the south near Tauranga Bay, although we didn’t have the time to complete the walk and see this. We were lucky though to encounter one of these apparently friendly residents hanging around on a secluded section of coast that you can drop down to on an unofficial track. 

Track notes at the end.

Cape Foulwind Walkway: The Scenery

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
Looking down towards the start. You can see our car down there
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
We walked on an unofficial track down to the beach. It was just a little steep.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
Down on the beach. Seagulls nesting on the rocky island in the centre of the picture dive bombed us and successfully deterred us from getting any closer.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
One of the locals.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
This seal may have been planted by the Westport tourism industry, as it just sat there placidly striking various alluring poses, waiting for me to take my photos.

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
Rocks north of the beach.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
As close as I decided to go to this rocky island as the birds seemed agitated by my presence.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
I went just a little further as we needed to return to Westport to buy food for the night.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
Quite green.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
This section looked landscaped.
Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
The Cape Foulwind Lighthouse.

Track Notes

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Westport
We completed only about half the walk due to limited time, although we dropped down to have a look at the beach and a headland, which was nice. The dotted red line is the bit we didn’t do. It’s an obvious and well constructed path the whole way. (The track down to the beach was not constructed or maintained.)

It’s an obvious and well constructed path the whole way. We completed only about half the walk due to limited time, although we dropped down to have a look at the beach and a headland, which was nice. The dotted red line is the bit we didn’t do. Note that the track down to the beach was not constructed or maintained, and although very short was a bit steep. We started near the lighthouse but you can also walk this route from the south, which is where the seal colony is. More information on the DOC website.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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