Barking and Breeding on the Tasman Sea

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by midtownmjd on May 26, 2010

One of the most wonderful things about New Zealand is the accessibility of its natural riches, and the Tauranga Seal Colony is a perfect example. The Cape Foulwind walkway begins at a car park just south of Westport, and from there it’s a 10-minute stroll on a paved trail to the seal colony, a thriving breeding group of the kekeno, or New Zealand fur seal.

Watching the seals is a lot of fun—listening to their shockingly loud barks is especially entertaining—but they do their best to blend into the rocks, so taking a good photograph is challenging. What is photogenic here is the Tasman Sea; Cape Foulwind’s lookout points afford wonderful views up and down the coast.

Viewing the seal colony is free, and the trip can be extended with a hike to the Cape Foulwind Lighthouse, about an hour’s walk away.
Tauranga Bay Seal Colony
Tauranga Bay Road
Westport, New Zealand

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