Tauranga Bay, Maori for ‘sheltered anchorage’, is 16kms south of Westport or 57kms north of Punakaiki, on the West Coast of the South Island.
Set on a peninsula at the end of the road on the outer side of the horseshoe bay, our unique seaside location is a stone's throw from the Tasman Sea.
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. Cape Foulwind Lighthouse walkway carries on from here if you are keen to explore more of this impressive coastline and 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, Tauranga Bay,
Cape Foulwind, WESTPORT 7892
+64 (0)3 789 4151