It’s a year today since we arrived at Cape Foulwind. I can’t believe how quickly that time has flown by; and what adventures we’ve already had in the space of one short year.
A year ago today, Lee was here, learning all about the day to day running of the lodge from previous owners, Grace and Paul… and I was somewhere en-route from Hamilton to Westport in my little green car.
My son Steven came along for the road trip and we had Max & Jimmy Chu, our resident pooches, on board as precious cargo.The day I arrived was quite surreal; from seeing our furniture from Hamilton in what was then new and unfamiliar surroundings, to sitting in the office for the first time trying to figure out how to use the computer system to process a booking.
During our first week as new owners we had an issue with the water pump, and it was then that I realised how Lee & my diverse mix of technical and practical skills would hold us in good stead for a business like this.
We love it down here, and have enjoyed finding new West Coast treasures to explore ourselves and recommend to our guests.
The Cape Foulwind walkway and seal colony is obviously top on our list of things to do out here as it offers stunning views of The Cape and Tauranga Bay all year round; and we are spoiled for wonderful walks, cycle trails and adventure activities all within 15-45 minutes of here.
I believe we’ve got the best of both worlds – nice and handy to Westport; yet rural enough to offer a quiet, relaxing location, where guests are often treated to spectacular sunrises & sunsets.
The rugged coastline and wild surf ensure that the Coast truly lives up to it’s tag line of untamed natural wilderness – it’s a beautiful unspoiled part of New Zealand; IMHO it can’t be beat!