The weather at the Cape has been fantastic in February, a stark contrast to the deluge of rain we had in January, and we’ve enjoyed seeing visitors out and about enjoying the sunshine, the seal colony walkway and the sand and surf down at Tauranga Bay.
I was doing some surfing of my own today (the google variety) and stumbled across a news article about Cape Foulwind written by Gerald Hindmarsh. He fondly referred to this area as the Cape of Good Cheer and he opens the article by stating;
“Just west of Westport lies Cape Foulwind, with a breathtaking coast, the country’s most accessible seal colony, iconic eating establishments, a cement company that dominates the landscape, and plenty of friendly locals.
The giant quarry trucks lumbering back and forth to the Holcim cement factory use the line of the old Westport-to-Cape-Foulwind railway, only crossing the public road where it forks at Omau, right in front of the local tavern… “
Although Holcim finally closed it’s doors in the middle of 2016, it’s clear that plenty remains unchanged at The Cape since this 2012 article was first published. We are so lucky to have a most amazing unspoiled coastline literally at our front door, the seal colony, nature at it’s best. I completely agree with Gerald’s sentiments – our locals are super friendly, welcoming newcomers and visitors alike.
It’s coming up a year since Lee and I moved to The Cape; a year of huge changes and learning for us both. (I’ve had to learn to bake for starters!). The highlights have definitely been all the people we’ve met from all walks of life, getting out to explore the many iconic places on the coast, new friends we’ve made, and a sense that we’ve made The Cape our home.
As we are treated to some beautiful summer days, it’s hard to believe that up in the North Island, residents are experiencing some of the worst rain seen in decades. Earlier in the week, a wild weather system known as the Tasman Tempest pelted Auckland and Waikato, forcing residents from their homes and cutting off the Coromandel Peninsula. Southeast Auckland was hit particularly hard, with dead stock, caved-in fences and flooded houses; and in Northland there’s still heavy flood warnings in place.
Sure, the West Coast gets its fair share of rain, but we’ll take the sunshine while it lasts!