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Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

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Tauranga Bay Seal Colony which includes rocky coastline

Ocean waves lap on the rocky shores of this beautiful bay where you can see multitudes of New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun.

The Cape Foulwind Seal Colony is a fantastic place to observe these native animals in the wild. Watch New Zealand fur seals, or “kekeno” in Māori, from the viewing platform and walk the tracks winding around the historical sites of Tauranga Bay.

Stand on the wooden deck to get a view of the colony from above. Mother seals catch fish for their seal pups and huge males compete for mates. Although the colony is active year-round, the best time to visit is from November to January when breeding season brings greater seal numbers and activity.

Feel the ocean breeze on your skin as you gaze across the wild Tasman Sea. Look for dolphins playing in the waves and seabirds of many species soaring on the coastal breeze.

The viewing platform is about a 10-minute stroll from the car park. The site has no entry fees. Bring warm windproof clothing, as the weather can be quite cold on this exposed headland.

Walk the Tauranga Bay coastal track beginning at the car park and continuing along rugged limestone cliffs and over lush grassy hills. Enjoy the dramatic scenery of the West Coast and look out for the flightless weka bird, which has a reputation for stealing walkers’ lunches.

Take a side path down to the small lighthouse that was built in 1926 to replace an earlier wooden structure. Stop to admire the mounted astrolabe that is a replica of the ancient navigating device used by the first European sailors to visit New Zealand in the1600s. The coastal walk takes about 2 hours return. Bring your own water and food.

Warm up with a drink or meal at the charming restaurant located about a 2-minute drive away on the opposite side of Tauranga Bay. Sit on the balcony to appreciate sweeping ocean views and watch surfers brave giant waves.

The colony and walking tracks are 17 kilometres (11 miles) west of the town of Westport and accessed by a car park area with convenient picnic tables and toilet facilities.

Visit Cape Foulwind Seal Colony to see the amazing wildlife of this beautiful New Zealand region.

79 Cheap Hotels Near Tauranga Bay Seal Colony

The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation
The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation
3 out of 5
433 Tauranga Bay Rd., Cape Foulwind, West Coast
The price is NZ$425 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Situated on the beach, this cottage is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Cape Foulwind Lighthouse. Carters Beach and Coaltown ...
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Seafront haven with charm
"Great hostess and host; gourmet meal at offering from the experienced chef. Rooms with a sea filled view in a tropical setting, and mild ocean breeze. Fully equipped suite of charm and privacy. Would return."

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2020

The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation
Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
365 Tauranga Bay Rd, Cape Foulwind, West Coast
Situated in Cape Foulwind, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Cape Foulwind Lighthouse. Carters ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
view to die for!! stunning. stormy days but we stayed cozy in our nest😊
"clean, well organized. quality bedding. charming hosts."

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2021

Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
Out the Bay
Out the Bay
3.5 out of 5
365 Tauranga Bay Rd, Cape Foulwind, West Coast
Situated in Cape Foulwind, this beach holiday home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tauranga Bay Seal Colony and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cape Foulwind Lighthouse. Carters ...
Out the Bay
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Westport Spa Motel
Westport Spa Motel
3 out of 5
239 Palmerston St, Westport
The price is NZ$133 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation
The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation
3 out of 5
433 Tauranga Bay Rd., Cape Foulwind, West Coast
The price is NZ$425 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
365 Tauranga Bay Rd, Cape Foulwind, West Coast
Out the Bay Rua - Tiny House at the Beach
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3.5 out of 5
365 Tauranga Bay Rd, Cape Foulwind, West Coast
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Omau Settlers Lodge Motel
Omau Settlers Lodge Motel
3 out of 5
2 Omau Road 2, Westport, Cape Foulwind
The price is NZ$178 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
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30 Lighthouse Road, Cape Foulwind, West Coast
The price is NZ$391 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
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Bella Vista Motel Westport
Bella Vista Motel Westport
4 out of 5
314 Palmerston Street, Westport
The price is NZ$143 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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Carters By The Sea Westport
Carters By The Sea Westport
3 out of 5
27 Marine Parade, Carters Beach, West Coast, Westport
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Buller Bridge Motel
Buller Bridge Motel
3 out of 5
32a The Esplanade, Westport
The price is NZ$139 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Buller Bridge Motel
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