Cattle on the beaches

One of the characteristic features of the Wild Coast, is cattle on the beaches. Even though there is no grass or drinking water, they still love coming down to the beach to sleep, relax and chew the cud. There are a couple of theories as to why they do this; Some say it’s to rid themselves of ticks, while others claim they are after salt. Perhaps it's simpler than that... maybe they just enjoy it as much as we do.

Cattle do wander onto the Morgan Bay beach from time to time, but the best place to spot them is in Kei Mouth. They are often found on both sides of the river bank, between the ferry and the sea.