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The port town of Westport is the largest on the Northern West Coast. A history of gold mining, logging, fishing coal mining gives the town a hard working feeling. And to reward the hard workers the town has an extraordinary amount of pubs. There are plenty of activities here such as caving, bush walks and surfing but one of the most popular is to take a trip to Tauranga bay and the seal colony. Just 15 kilometres south at Cape Foulwind (named by Captain Cook for the difficult sailing conditions and not the smell of the seals!), you will find a breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals. A well marked and easy 10 minute walking track takes you to colony where you can see the creatures lazing around or swimming in the ocean.

Kawatiri with Pounamu Pathway

Kawatiri with Pounamu Pathway

The Museum of Kawatiri offers an immersive experience that celebrates the rich heritage and remarkable achievements of the Buller District. Visitors are invited to learn, unearth, and discover the incredible story of Kawatiri, delving into the past, present, and future of this unique region. The museum explores themes of Triumph and Treasure, showcasing the taonga (treasures) of the earth such as pounamu (greenstone), coal, and gold. These natural treasures have inspired bravery and innovation throughout history, from the earliest Polynesian settlers to contemporary times. Through engaging exhibits and interactive displays, the Museum of Kawatiri provides a profound appreciation of the district's cultural and historical significance, highlighting the enduring spirit and resourcefulness of its people.

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