Cape Foulwind Seal Colony, Westport

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Despite its odious name, Cape Foulwind Seal Colony remains an ideal place for close encounters with kekeno--the New Zealand's fur seals. Whales are also slowly making a comeback in the area, after a whaling station on the cape diminished their numbers in the past. Access the colony via a walkway, which crosses undulating farmland and continues northward along the scenic coastal bluffs to a lighthouse. You will find lots of information panels along the way, describing historic sea voyages, explorers, timbermills, and quarries. Plan to see Cape Foulwind Seal Colony and other attractions that appeal to you using our Westport itinerary planner.
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  • As we were staying in Carters Beach we took the short drive out here. There is a lovely boardwalk around the cliff where you get to a viewing platform looking over rocks. At first when you look down y...  more »
  • We had no plans to visit this area as we were heading for the east coastal road to Christchurch. We changed our route for the west coast due to the earthquake and so glad we had this opportunity as th...  more »
  • We went here a couple of weeks ago during all the rain. Basically, you take a short hike (uphill) on the Cape Foulwind walkway until you reach the viewing platform. Many seals both male & female, and ...  more »