Carter’s Beach & Cape Foulwind – First Encounter with West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island - One of Sam’s Exotic Travels
After taking the ferry over in the morning, we drove to the Westport area on the West Coast that afternoon in time for sunset at Carter’s Beach and a visit to Cape Foulwind. Carter’s Beach is a small sandy beach a few kilometers south of Westport. The few flat stones added a nice backdrop for the first sunset on the South Island. When Captain Cook first visited the area in 1770, he named the cape “Cape Foulwind” due to the terrible weather – and the name has stuck. While it it noted for its seal colony and a trail that leads to an old lighthouse – it remained true to his name and I resigned myself to a quick view of the beach in the driving rain encountered after sunset.
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