Tauranga Bay, Māori for ‘sheltered anchorage’, is 16kms south of Westport or 57kms north of the Pancake Rocks & blowholes at Punakaiki, on the West Coast of the South Island.
Set on a peninsula at the end of the road on the edge of the horseshoe bay, our unique seaside location is a stone's throw from the Tasman Sea (15 metres).
To the northwest, we overlook Tauranga Bay’s popular surf break and a cluster of islands known as ‘Wall Island’. Immediately below us on the seashore, huge boulders and rocks provide natural rock pools for fossicking or bathing in low tides. The fine sandy beach gently curves around into the bay, eventually leading to the Seal Colony carpark at the opposite side, the starting point of the short walk to the Seal Colony viewing platform. If you;re keen to explore more of this impressive coastline, Cape Foulwind Lighthouse walkway carries on from here and you can view the Steeples rock formations out at sea.
To the southwest behind us is 9 Mile Beach, another beautiful long sandy beach stretching for miles until interrupted by the Okari River and lagoon. 9 Mile (also known as Okari Beach) is popular for walking, fossicking on the rocky headlands and surfing. Follow the wild western coastline’s cliffs, rocky outcrops and dense native forest as far as the eye can see, as it reaches south towards the snowy peaks of Mount Cook, visible on a pristine clear day with a keen eye!
433 Tauranga Bay Road
(Seal Colony Road)
+64 (0)3 789 4151
Text: 021 103 3833
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