I hear the sound of the Seal before they see them. A colony is lounging on the rocks on the edge of the cliff. A whole bunch of little ones move awkwardly but extremely quickly on the rocks. In a small swimming pool protected from the furious waves of the sea, it is busy time. The pups were born a few months ago and are still in the learning phase.
It is a magnificent weather at Cape Foulwind, a small cape about fifteen kilometers from Westport. A trail runs along the cliffs from a lighthouse to Tauranga bay where the Seal colony is located. From a small promontory one can observe the animals live a few meters lower. We could spend hours there. Their behavior is extraordinary. The marine mammals seem so foolish to hoist themselves on the rocks with their fins. While appearing very powerful and agile. The little ones have fun, the adults seek the best place to bask in the sun.
To finish my visit of the West Coast on this pretty meeting was the best thing to do. I leave Westport in the late afternoon to reach, by bus in just four hours, Richmond in the Tasman region, the North coast of the South Island. A new step begins.
West Coast in Picture presents the places that most marked or interested me during my journey across the West Coast.
The very last stop on the West Coast, a little extra ride after Westport. Go and return to see Cape Foulwind and its colony of seals. Cape Foulwind is about fifteen kilometers from Westport. I then take the bus to Richmond, in the Tasman region, North of the South Island. The end of one stage and the beginning of another.
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