Carters Beach to Cape Foulwind – Westport


Hello blogging my old friend, I’ve come back to write again,

Share the story of our adventures, the sights we see – the discoveries.

Because sharing, enables you to enjoy the adventure too

That’s why we’re here, so here’s to the end

of the sound of silence……..

Jan and the dogs enjoying the views and sunshine Carters Beach Westport

Hopefully you all figured where I was heading with that and got the tune going in your head thanks to Simon and Garfunkel.  My blogging has been very remiss of late and I could bore you with the excuses but instead I’ll share  one of our recent walks, the stunning Carters Beach.

Carters Beach is just on the outskirts of Westport.  Little seaside suburb with possibly the most under-rated beach in New Zealand.  Miles and miles of sandy beach practically for as far as the eye can see.  We had a lovely low tide so decided to walk south towards Cape Foulwind.

Carters beach with Holcim Cement works in the background

The now disused Holcim Cement works factory loomed in the distance and we knew the cliffs of Cape Foulwind were just beyond.

We had a near perfect summer’s day – which like my blogging had been very lacking this summer.  There was no excuse not to go for a nice long walk.  Nice long walk is exactly what it is.  Not sure on the distance but we’re guessing it was about 10kms each way.

Boys enjoying a walk along Carters Beach, Westport

This was one flat sandy beach that seemed like it just went on and on.  The boys were loving it, flitting along the edge of the water line helping keep themselves cool.  I think just like us they enjoyed the feel of the sand under their paws rather than the usual stoney beaches from home.

Rocks and cliffs Cape Foulwind end Carters Beach Westport

We walked and walked and walked until finally we reached the Cape Foulwind end and our flat sandy beach was drawfed by towering cliffs and round boulders covered in carpets of green moss scattering the shoreline.

Jan and the dogs enjoying lunch on a log Carters Beach Westport

As much as we would have liked to have continued we still had to walk all the way back.  Thankfully we had packed a lunch and after a quick share….. yes I did share, we made our way back to where it all began.

Ziggy running along sand at Carters Beach Westport

Stephen treated himself to a quick dip in the sea and then the boys were racing to see who would get back to the car first – no guessing to who had the most energy, despite just having walked (and run) for three hours straight.  I can categorically confirm we all slept like babies.

If you’re ever up Westport way – even just passing through, make sure you stop and check out Carters Beach – it is nothing short of beautiful.

We’re moving our blog soon under a new format direct to our website and via MailChimp.  Hope you’ll all come along for ride.  Watch this space, more info to follow – hopefully soon.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They love nothing more than getting out and exploring this beautiful region they are lucky enough to call home.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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12 Responses to Carters Beach to Cape Foulwind – Westport

  1. Pat says:

    Good to see you back again! Also good to see summer. We’ve got a few more weeks before we see any thing resembling spring. Carters Beach looks like heaven. 🙂

  2. Nice to see you guys back on my feed. Your photos and excursions are always great.

  3. bulldog says:

    Welcome back… says he that is also a little absent… but once again lovely read and great photos…I have to comment that Hubby still has the eye for photos that tell a story… I love this blog and hope that I don’t miss the move and can’t find your site.. please keep me informed… Love to you all that side of the sea… . Not looking forward to rugby season this year with the fiasco of our selection system… you’re all going to give us a hiding…

    • coastingnz says:

      Hello there Bulldog – yes I thought it was about time. Our blog is going to be intergrated with our new website – hopefully going live next week. Little bit nervous. Anyway I’ll need everyone to sign up via Mailchimp so now have to learn that system too – just a matter of sending notification but brain struggling to write blogs let alone figure out a new software system lol. South Africa do ok on the rugby front – just beat Australia for us and England to wipe that smile of Eddie’s face. Don’t mind the teams but their coaches uuuggg.

  4. Glad to have you back for my New Zealand fix… 🙂 –Curt

  5. Pam says:

    Great hearing about these little treasures along the way and they’re not too far off the beaten track. Looks like you had that beach all to yourself. What beautiful nature to connection. Good to see your blogs again.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Pam – we did practically have it all to ourselves – 10kms and I think we saw around 5 people, one at the start, one in the middle and three at the end. Totally bliss.

  6. Gorgeous pictures, lovely to hear from you. I should have got some photos of Blackpool beach yesterday, where you’ve got blue, make it grey, big 🌊 waves and ocean spray 😊. Will be glad for Spring to arrive here.

    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks Charlotte. My cousins live in Blackpool and are often posting photos on Facebook of the pier and crashing waves – quite the spectacle. yes sometime you’ll have to do a blog about it 🙂 You’re looking forward to spring and we’re looking forward to winter. While summer has finally arrived it was very slow in coming and generally winter on the West Coast is more settled and we know exactly what we are getting. Never happy though are we when it comes to the weather lol. Take care.

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