The last couple of times we’ve been up to Cape Foulwind we’ve done the DOC Cape Foulwind walkway but noticed another option down below so this time when we visited…….. well you know us, we just had to check it out.
The walk starts at the same car park but isn’t nicely signposted so not an obvious option for visitors. There is a gate across what is essentially a 4WD access road. It does have a little side gate for walker access though.
After a short section cut through scrub and trees it opens out into a grassy flat on the rocky shore. The cliffs of the walkway are towering above us. This use to be a quarry so there are some artifacts left lying on the ground and slowly being swallowed up nature.
Occasionally there are parts of the old tram-line which is basically what this road was originally.
It is wonderful to be down at sea level with the pounding surf coming in and bouncing off the numerous rocky outcrops.
As we approach the first point there is an overwhelming smell that lets us know there are seals around. Sure enough there is a big fella sunning himself quite close to where we are standing. He isn’t bothered by us – looking up now and again but then deciding lazing in the sun is just too nice to worry about moving on. We can see others further out and given the smell I’m sure there are plenty more around too. I always say to our guests though, seals do great rock impersonations while lazing about so can be quite hard to spot.
While Stephen takes a few (!!) photos, Ziggy and I just sit and enjoy our surroundings.
Onwards again as we wind around the Cape with the cliff – jutting out just as it does above. There is a gorgeous white sandy beach calling our name to come visit so visit we do. There is some negotiating over some marble like boulders to reach the beach – don’t want to make things too easy!
It is gorgeous down here and we could sit and watch the surf for hours but with the incoming tide we don’t hang around too long. Time to head back the way we came.
Great to explore somewhere different – even if it is only a bottom track verses a top track. The views are so different but every bit as spectacular and you get a real sense of belonging to nature when you are up close and personal.
For now though, we have a treat awaiting back at our accommodation – our lovely hosts Nicki and Even from The Lazy Seal Cottages treated us to a pound of white-bait so we’re off for a cook up…… yum, yum……. a nice reward after our new adventure.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring as much of the West Coast as they can especially all the little nooks and crannies that can often be overlooked – the hidden gems.