Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and Walkway

Explore the spectacular Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and spectacular walkway. This clifftop walk also features a working lighthouse and provides panoramic views of mountains and rugged untamed coastline.

“We really enjoyed seeing the seals in their natural habitat rather than a zoo.. Its a short journey from Westport and worth the trip.” Review on TripAdvisor

The Cape Foulwind Walkway is a well marked track on the clifftops along the rugged coastline – over undulating farmland. It starts at the Cape Foulwind carpark at the end of Lighthouse Road, and finishes at the carpark at Tauranga Bay.

As there are two sections on the walkway, you can opt to take a shorter walk (10-20 mins) from the Tauranga Bay carpark up to the Seal Colony viewing platform and return, or walk the entire track.


“Excellent graded track, fantastic views, seal lookouts, places in the grass for picnics. A strong person could push a wheelchair up the track. For more picnic spots and viewpoints you can carry on past the seals. There might even be a Weka or two to feed at beginning of track.” Review on TripAdvisor

Posted by Karen from Omau Settlers Lodge, Cape Foulwind, West Coast, South Island

7 Replies to “Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and Walkway”

  1. We are very blessed to have the spectacular Cape foulwind walk so close to our motel.
    Too also see the reactions of our guests once they have walked this beautiful part of the south island. The Seals are also great to observe in their natural surroundings.
    Omau Settlers Lodge Motel

  2. Nature, beautiful scenery and a natural habitat for seals and I’m sure an abundance of other wildlife. What an absolute gem!

    Certainly a place to visit that we need to add to our bucket list. What month is the warmest and dry?

    1. Hi Claudio, thanks for your feedback. Summer is the best time to visit, December through February are normally the warmest months, this year February/March were the dry-est months – but even in winter we get some pretty stunning weather (West Coast however is well known for it’s rain!)

  3. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Seals are the best! All the places I’ve been and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in their natural habitat. NZ has so much to offer! I can’t wait to visit! I also read your post on the glow worm cave — definitely on my bucket list! As well as Zorbing, Snowbiking, and Bungee jumping! All things you guys are famous for!

    1. Hi Courtney – yes, NZ does have a bit of a reputation for being the adventure playground of the world doesn’t it? I’m pleased to say we’re so much more than zorbing, mountain biking and bungee though! In fact, NZ has something to offer for all ages and stages, from beautiful cities and wineries, nature, shopping etc. I think the best thing about NZ is it’s so easy to get around, which means that visitors can cram quite a lot into their time here. All the best, Cheers, Karen

    1. There is carparking at both ends of the track, but it is a walking track only. It is wheelchair accessible up to the Seal Colony viewing platform though. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever on the West Coast of New Zealand, Cheers, Karen

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