Old but New – Discovering Siberia Bay, Cape Foulwind


On a recent visit to Westport we headed out to Cape Foulwind to make the most of a beautiful West Coast Spring day. With beautiful blue skies and loads of sunshine aplenty, getting out for a walk was a must do.

We’ve done the Cape Foulwind walkway on numerous occasions and it never fails to impress us. Today though we wanted to do something different and that was walk at the bottom of the cliffs instead of the top. We knew there was a track down the bottom that lead to the beaches you can see below the walkway and around into Siberia Bay.

After a short walk on a 4WD track through thick bush it soon opens out in the grassy plains. This was an old quarry from a by-gone era. Now with regrowth of scrub and grass you’d hardly know the difference apart from the occasional relic left behind and slowly being claimed by mother nature and the weather. The 4WD track meanders along the edge of the rocky outcrops showcasing some wonderful rocks stacks and great breeding ground for NZ fur seals. Didn’t see any basking in the sun today but think there must have been some around as we could certainly smell them in certain gusts of wind…..

Rounding the corner from Cape Foulwind bay to Siberia bay, thanks to pounding surf the trail from here has been washed away so it is then a matter of a bit of rock hopping down to the sandy beach. It is such a beautiful area and the contrasts with the green scrub, white sandy beaches and black rock stacks at sea is a feast for the eyes and the senses too with all the different smells. Talk about a great day for photography – it was what we like to call a cool cloud day.

It is nice to just sit and soak up our surroundings and the atmosphere before tackling the zig zag track and – well zig zag back up the cliff face to join the Cape Foulwind walkway and make our way back to the carpark.

The lighthouse sits pride of place at the top of the cliffs and the views back down to the carpark are yet another great reward for our clamber up the hill. Make sure you add the bottom track to your list of things to see and do next time you’re heading Westport way.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Coast Road north of Greymouth, named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. They love getting out and exploring and sharing their discoveries of the West Coast.

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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8 Responses to Old but New – Discovering Siberia Bay, Cape Foulwind

  1. Fotohabitate says:

    Cape Foulwind was an very interesting and lovely place when I visited NZ. I saw many seals.

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  2. Canuck Carl says:

    What a gorgeous trek that would have been. Besides the breathtaking scenery, what also stands out is the absence of people. In 2015 I visited the west coast of New Zealand with my daughter. Didn’t make it to the Westport area. Went Christchurch, through Author’s Pass and then south from Greymouth. Next time we must go north! 😀

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  3. coastingnz says:

    definitely must go north next time Carl. Greymouth to Westport drive along the coast has been named one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet so that alone is worth while turning north. Heaps to see and do along the way up to Westport with beautiful beaches on route and am currently trying to do a blog about glowworm/cave tour we did in Charleston just after Xmas. Was such an excellent trip I’m having trouble putting it into words but look out for that coming out soon…. hopefully… maybe….. lol

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    • Canuck Carl says:

      You have talked me into it…lol. That’s incredible. I’m in Canada, hoping my return will be sometime soon. My wife is from New Zealand and we actually got married there 1988 and lived a year there. My daughter is teaching there. She met a nice fellow and was supposed to get married January 2021, rescheduled to January 2022 and now rescheduled to January 2023. So much travel uncertainty these days. I will keep an eye out for your glowworm/cave tour post. 😀

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  4. coastingnz says:

    we had a young couple stay with us last night – on their pre wedding honeymoon. Been delayed twice already so they thought stuff it we’re going away somewhere anyway. Doing a little top of the south roadie. Hope to see you in 2023 🙂

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  5. Hi I’m loving your blogs.
    We are heading to this area in February, and I wasn’t too keen on the clifftop walk with my dog, but like the sound of the lower walk. Just had a few questions:
    * is it easy to find how to take the lower path…do you still access it from the car park?
    * how far across those stones do you have to walk (more wondering for my dog)?
    * how long would you say it takes to get to the sandy part of the beach (and those cool formations) from the start of the walk?
    Thanks so much!

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    • coastingnz says:

      Thanks so much. So is easy to find and yes from carpark but “bottom” carpark rather than top. It is a 4WD road with locked gate that you go around and follow the track – can have a few puddles depending on weather of late. Then opens out still 4WD track but opens into flats along rocky edge. Be mindful in this area as can often be seals out on the rocks. Just follow the road round and then it just sort of ends so then you rock hop down to the beach. Isn’t far on the rocks down to the sandy beach. There is a 4WD track with gate at the top carpark too – is the bottom track you want. Hope that makes sense. You should also check out Gibson beach also starts at bottom carpark – down to right, is gorgeous and dog friendly.

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