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Boulder Walk – Nelson City Short Walk

The boulder walk is a pile of boulders and rock in a very exposed location. Yet this is an oddly fascinating Nelson city short walk. The Boulder Spit is a rare natural barrier protecting Nelson Port. Walk along an inlet with giant boulders, driftwood and stones stretching 13 km into the sea. There is an automated lighthouse on the Boulder Spit.

BOULDER BANK, SPIT, A NATURAL HARBOUR BARRIER NELSON CITY WALK

 

 

Perhaps a giant arranged the large boulders in a precise line reaching 13km into the sea forming an inlet.  It is extraordinary that there are very few places in the world where the sea, tides, wind and nature create natural harbour barriers.  

 

The area is very exposed and strong footwear is required to walk on uneven ground.  The area is rich in human history with camping and stone tools being manufactured for hundreds of years.  You have excellent views of Nelson and the Tasman hills. And there is a lighthouse now, automated offering spectacular views of the city and hills. The lighthouse is opened for visitors on an authorised guided tour of the harbour and Boulder Spit.

The track goes from Boulder Bank Drive to ‘The Cut’.

Boulder Bank and Haulashore Island is the Port of Nelson container ship route
Boulder Bank and Haulashore Island
SAFETY:

The walk is approximately 2 hours (one way) and on uneven rocky ground. There is not a distinct track to follow. You’ll be making your way on top and over large boulders. The Boulder Bank is rough, dry and very exposed, so be prepared for all kinds of weather and wear strong shoes.

 

 

The Boulder Bank Lighthouse has protected the port of Nelson Tasman since the 1860’s and is open to visitors on guided tours.

Boulder bank and lighthouse in nelson new zealand
Boulder Bank Lighthouse, Nelson

GUIDED TOURS OF THE BOULDER SPIT & LIGHTHOUSE, NELSON CITY

 

 

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures offers the Historic Harbor Cruise and Nelson Lighthouse Visit tour to get up close and personal with the Nelson Lighthouse. The short boat ride tours Nelson Harbor and drops visitors off at the boulder spit and lighthouse.

 

THE FERRY

A ferry service is available from Nelson. The Ferry operates visitor tours. You can climb all the way to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the stunning view from the verandah.  The Ferry is a comfortable way to check out the boulder spit.

HOW TO GET TO BOULDER SPIT WALKING TRACK, NELSON CITY

 

 

Access to the Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank is from Boulder Bank Drive (off Atawhai Drive (SH6). There is a small car park at the Boulder Bank Scenic Reserve

 

Length:  8 km one way

 

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insect repellent advisable

Historic Nelson viewed from Cathedral steps, New Zealand
Historic Nelson view from Cathedral steps

The Boulder Spit walk is part of Nelson city walking trails. Enjoy exploring Nelson’s riverside cafes on the many walking trails.  Find the centre of New Zealand (sort of) and cool off in a river swimming hole. For heritage lovers discover the myriad galleries on a walk through history.

 

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Nelson city and nearby Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations.

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