1.25 Hrs 3.4 km (one way)


  • New Zealand fur seal colony
  • Cape Foulwind lighthouse
  • Panoramic coastal and mountain views



There are two sections on this walkway, one to Tauranga Bay, the other to Cape Foulwind lighthouse.

With a seal colony, a lighthouse and panoramic views of mountains and coastline, the Cape Foulwind Walkway is a great walk suitable for all the family.

Beginning from the Tauranga Bay carpark follow the easy walking path to the fur seal breeding colony, where you can see seals at any time of year. From the seal colony follow the track along the coastal bluffs to the Cape Foulwind lighthouse. Along the way interpretation panels give a flavour of the region's history, with stories of early explorers and industries.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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Alternative routes

The full trail can be walked in either direction starting at Tauranga Bay or Cape Foulwind or you can walk a single section.

Leaving from Tauranga Bay carpark, timings for single sections are as follows:

  • Tauranga Bay Seal Colony only (30 mins return)
  • To Cape Foulwind Lighthouse (2 hrs return)

Getting there

Travelling from Westport

  • Tauranga Bay carpark: Follow Cape Foulwind Road. Turn left into Tauranga Bay Road, just past the Holcim Cement Works.
  • Cape Foulwind carpark: Follow Cape Foulwind Road until the road ends.

Need to know

  • Please keep to the track so as not to disturb the native vegetation and wildlife.
  • The busiest time of year for fur seals is breeding season between November and January.

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