Cape Foulwind: Rewarding, epic views, wildlife & history
We’ll start the day in Kiwi fashion, with a coffee and pie. Cape Foulwind is only a short drive from Westport, but I know an even better way to reach it: A walk along the beach, combined with some local stories and snacks. You’re here to explore and fall in love with this Jurrasic coast.
We’ll make our way to the start of the wooden platforms and can take our time at the seal colony before continuing to the lighthouse. The colony is also an important site for shearwaters and blue penguins.
In case you are wondering, Cape Foulwind has no bad smell to it. Originally called Tauranga by Māori, Captain James Cook named it a “place of foul winds” after his ship was blown off course by the strong winds around here.
I’ll tell you more about the history that shaped this area, the rich wildlife found around here and some hidden beaches and spots worth visiting before we retrace our steps to Westport.