ABOUT CABLE BAY

ABOUT CABLE BAY

Cable Bay (Rotokura in Maori) is a small tranquil settlement and bay beside Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island. This tranquil cove, with a unique slice of New Zealand history is the perfect place to visit for a peaceful experience. Although close to Nelson, it feels as though you’re miles away.
The popular Cable Bay walk also starts from this bay. It’s a fabulous two to three hour walk across hilly, private farmland. The track ends at The Glen (Glenduan) and offers fantastic views. Cable Bay Walkway is a popular two to three hour walk across hilly, private farmland between Cable Bay and the neighboring coastal community of Glenduan. The track features a diverse range of terrain and scenery ranging from beautiful coastal views to lush native forest.
 

Pepin Island lies at the end of the bay’s shingle causeway. A causeway connects Pepin Island with the mainland and the settlement of Cable Bay, Nelson. Evidence suggests there was a pā on Pepin Island. It was positioned at the end of the causeway joining the island to the mainland. Māori used this bay for fishing and camping. The open sea, sheltered bay, tidal flats and streams provided bountiful supplies of fish. While the forest had a source of birds, fruits and berries.

Cable Bay has a sheltered shingle beach. The thin land connection to Pepin Island, forming the crest of the beach, is the result of a rare combination of currents and a rock source. The area is part of the Cable Bay Recreation Reserve, managed by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. The adjacent marine reserve offers recreational opportunities such as kayaking and snorkeling.

The name Cable Bay arose from New Zealand’s first overseas cable link, to Australia, which started operation in 1876. The international telegraph cable established a connection with the world-wide telegraph network via Sydney. This new service meant communications to Europe only took four days instead of up to six months for letters. Today the connection is for the internet highway.

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CABLE BAY ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE 

Cable Bay has a range of activities for everyone – ranging from Adventure Parks, to kayking, scenic walks and more.
If you’re looking to sit back and relax, pump up your adrenaline, get back in touch with nature, or are wanting a little bit of everything; there’s an activity for you!
 

PEPIN ISLAND

Pepin Island is located at the end of the Shingle Causeway. It is named after explorer Jules d’Urville’s wife, Adèle Pépin. Pepin Island is privately owned and access is limited to special public open days.

NELSON CITY

Central Nelson is located just about 20 minutes away from the Cable Bay Nest, making it easy to head into town for events, shopping and other activities. 
Whether you’re coming for work, play or a special event, The Nest offers a private, secluded getaway to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LOCAL ACTIVITIES BELOW

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