Boulder Bank

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The internationally renowned Te Pokohiwi (Boulder Bank) is a natural spit of boulders that shelters Tahunanui and Nelson City from the elements of Tasman Bay.

Formed by oceanic drift from the Mackay Bluffs over a period of 10,000 years, debris has accumulated on the seabed forming a spit of boulders 13km long, making it the largest natural reef and boulder formation in the Southern Hemisphere. An 8km walk along the rock-strewn bank will give you a glimpse into the unique history of the area, a place where indigenous Maori protected the harbour from discovery by early European settlers.

A historic 19th century lighthouse remains on the Boulder Bank and visitors can climb the internal staircase for stunning views of Nelson City, the Western Ranges and Tasman Bay. The key for the lighthouse can be collected from Port Nelson, or as part of a guided tour.

How to get there: You can visit the Boulder Bank on a guided tour with The Ferry or Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures, by private boat or kayak, or you can begin the walk yourself from Boulder Bank Drive near Atawhai.

Photo credits: www.nelsontasman.nz.

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