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June 4, 2016 Blog 6
Cape Foulwind Accommodation Westport New Zealand

Greetings from The Cape!

In 2016, we decided to embark on a complete change of direction, career and a new adventure. As a result we packed our bags and sold our Hamilton home, giving up the security of full time jobs, to purchase a boutique motel, Omau Settlers Lodge on the West Coast. So far we’ve enjoyed exploring this stunning region we now call home and we’ve met some pretty awesome people along the way. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you. 

Warmest regards,
Karen & Lee


Cape Foulwind is located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, overlooking the Tasman Sea, just ten kilometres west of the town of Westport. ‘The Cape’, as it’s fondly referred to by locals, is an ideal base for holiday makers and visitors who want to explore the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast.

The name, Cape Foulwind, was bestowed upon the area by English explorer James Cook in 1770 after his ship Endeavour was blown quite a distance offshore from this point. Tauranga Bay at Cape Foulwind is home to a fur seal breeding colony, which is accessible by a well-maintained walking track, The Cape Foulwind Walkway.


6 Responses

  1. ellie says:

    wow what a brave and bold move you made. Just goes to show that you don’t need anyone’s opinions.
    What matters is you believe in and trust in yourself.
    Hope you have many memorable adventures in your new home.
    Hopefully I get to do that someday too. Cheers to you and

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ellie, thanks for dropping by 🙂 Yes we’ve already had a few memorable moments! Our guests are so interesting and from so many different walks of life, every day is different. All the best, Karen & Lee

  2. B. A. Scott says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

    Good for you for following your dreams. Not many do what you have done simply because they are too afraid to do it.

    New Zealand is definitely one of the destinations I’d love to visit. As a matter of fact, I almost became a New Zealander. Just after my parents got married they were considering building a life there, but something happened and they stayed here.

    Are there any particular things I should see or do in New Zealand?

    • admin says:

      Hi and thanks for stopping by! There’s so much to see and do in NZ I don’t even know where to start. If you love the outdoors and nature, you can’t beat it. On the west coast where we are, there’s so many beautiful untouched beaches, walking tracks, mountain biking trails and some fascinating things to see and do: from underworld cave rafting, to panning for gold, or taking a surf lesson. I hope you get a chance to visit some day, all the best, Karen and Lee

  3. Kevin says:

    It’s nice to hear something like this. You gave up everything for something you believed in and it ended up paying off. I’ve never been to New Zealand, but it seems like it has become a popular place to visit recently. Cape Foulwind looks like a nice place. What are some things to do nearby?

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your message – great to hear from you. There’s so much to do here on the West Coast, everything from adventure caving, scenic walks, surfing, horse riding, coal mining tours or just enjoying a cold beer in a West Coast Country Pub. It’s the Untamed Natural Wilderness of New Zealand 🙂

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