Cape Foulwind. © Miles Holden

Cape Foulwind Walkway

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Explore this spectacular walkway which features a seal colony, a lighthouse and also provides panoramic views of mountains and coastline. 

About the walkway

A well-marked track along the coastline and over undulating farmland with an occasional stile over fences. It starts at Tauranga Bay car park and finishes at Cape Foulwind car park.

There are two sections on the walkway. You can take a short walk to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony viewpoint and return to the Tauranga Bay car park, or continue on the walking track to the Cape Foulwind lighthouse car park.

Tauranga Bay car park to Tauranga Bay Seal Colony viewpoint

How long will it take? This is a 30-minute return walk

From the Tauranga Bay car park at the southern end of the walkway, a fully accessible path brings you to a viewpoint overlooking the New Zealand fur seal/kekeno breeding colony. Kekeno can be seen here all year round, numbers changing depending on the season. The busiest time of year is the breeding season from November to January.

Tauranga Bay Seal Colony viewpoint to Cape Foulwind lighthouse and car park

How long will it take? This is a one-hour one-way walk

From the Seal Colony viewpoint, the walkway changes to a walking track, and continues northward along the coastal bluffs to pass by the Cape Foulwind lighthouse before reaching the northern end of the walkway and car park.

The walk is one way and you will need to arrange transport from Cape Foulwind car park or return along the same walkway.

Kekeno fur seal

Kekeno fur seal. © Zwennie Creative Commons

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