Cable Bay and Hira
Rotokura / Cable Bay is a bay and small settlement 18 kilometres north-east of Nelson.
The settlement at the head of the bay is at the southern end of a thin strip of land or causeway connecting Pepin Island with the South Island.
The sheltered beach at Cable Bay has sandy patches but is mostly a shingle beach. The thin land connection to Pepin Island forming the crest of the beach is the result of a rare combination of strong currents and a rock source. The area is part of the Cable Bay Recreation Reserve, managed by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. It offers ample parking, toilets, and picnic tables, but no rubbish facilities. Overnight staying is not permitted on the reserve. more
The adjacent marine reserve offers recreational opportunities such as kayaking and snorkelling. There are also sea kayak trip ranging from half-day to day-trips around Pepin Island departing at Cable Bay.
Up the road from the Cable Bay beach is the Cable Bay Café, which is one of the oldest cafes in the Nelson region, originally opened as a tearoom in 1920.
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy a guided, quad bike adventure, ride the unique Skywire flying-fox or take a horse trek while experiencing the spectacular native forest and surrounding views. Just 15 minutes from Nelson city and open every day except Christmas day. Paintball games, 'Argo' fun rides and our licensed café is open daily. Mountain Biking, E- Bikes and hiking, picnic areas and more.
Mobile-friendly - Just 15 minutes from Nelson city, discover the exhilaration of horse riding across the river, though farmlands, forests and into the hills for wonderful views of the surrounding bays. Adventures available for beginners and experienced riders alike. Other available activities include guided quad bike adventures, the Skywire flying-fox, paintball, the Argo, biking, hiking and our licenced café is open daily.
Mobile-friendly - Skywire - the world's longest flying fox experience. Riders fly a 3.2-kilometre return journey across spectacular native forest, reaching speeds up to 100 kph. Mixing a shot of adrenaline with a scenic chairlift style ride. Tour includes 4x4 transfer to and from launch platform. 15 minutes from Nelson, open daily with licensed café and wide range of other activities.
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