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Walk to Cape Foulwind


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Cape Foulwind does not live up to its name. 

This pleasant spot near Westport on the South Island’s West Coast is an important site for wildlife, with panoramic views of the surrounding shoreline and mountains. 

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

There are seals, protected sooty shearwaters or tītī and penguins in residence, plus a lighthouse to discover on one of the several walking trails. 

Plus, if you haven’t experienced the ubiquitous flightless weka, you are in for a treat here. But, be warned: do not leave your car keys or anything valuable within reach. Weka are not called ‘sticky-beaked’ without reason. 

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