- Beaches & Bays
The beach at Rotokura / Cable Bay is somewhat of a hidden gem, located just 20 minutes from the main city centre. A crescent shaped shingle beach is sheltered by the headlands of Pepin Island and the Mackay Bluffs, and backdropped with the tidal inlet of Delaware Bay.
A walkway to the left of the beach offers panoramic views over Tasman Bay, the Horoirangi Marine Reserve and the stunning landscapes that characterise the Cable Bay causeway. It is a 3.5 hour walk (one way) to Glenduan, a continuation of the journey through undulating farmland and lush native bush to the site of the historic Boulder Bank.
The beach at Cable Bay is popular all year round for kayaking, snorkelling and diving, offering some of New Zealand’s most spectacular underwater experiences. The rugged boulder reefs crafted from the staggering Mackay Bluffs have created an environment rich in marine life, with starfish, anemones, crustaceans and snapper discoverable at every turn. An intricate labyrinth of caves, arches and islets line the coast, making for a unique kayaking experience.
The rocky beach is also popular during the colder months, as cars park up along the shore for a night eating takeaway under the stars or roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire.
Photo credits: (1-3) www.nelsontasman.nz, (4-5) Pepin Island Farm, (6) Cable Bay Kayaks.