Boulder Bank Walk – 13 March 2016

We had a fantastic day for Knapps Lawyers’ Boulder Bank Walk 2016, on Sunday 13 March. Our date for next year is 12 March 2017.

Nelson's Boulder Bank and lighthouse

Nelson’s Boulder Bank and lighthouse

This is a great event for the family – although very young ones would need to be carried. We take you from Wakefield Quay by bus to the end of Boulder Bank Drive, you walk the 9 km back to the Cut, and we bring you back by boat. Along the way you can go by the baches (owners have been known to offer you a cuppa and give you a peek inside), go up to the top of the lighthouse, listen to speakers on the history of ‘the Bank’ and see Nelson from a different perspective. We also have a barbecue going at the lighthouse so you don’t get too hungry–be sure to bring some cash to buy something to eat.

Buses depart from Guyton’s carpark on Wakefield Quay at 8:15, 9:00 and 9:45 am. The “boat-both-ways” option is available at 10:45 and 11:15. Some tickets will be available on the day, but best to get tickets in advance to get the departure time you want. In any case, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior, and allow extra time if parking your car (Guyton’s carpark is P120, so not suitable).

For 2016, we have introduced a discounted $12 ticket for children 14 years & under to make it more attractive for the whole family. Standard tickets remain at $20. Our ticket sellers are

Knapps Lawyers, Richmond (not open Saturdays)
TSB Bank, Trafalgar St, Nelson
Sand and Land, Tahunanui
Stoke Garden & Landscapes, Saxton Road

If you don’t get to our ticket outlets, we will have some tickets available on the day. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a parka, sturdy shoes, water bottle and a hat.

In the event of bad weather, the postponement date is 20 March. Refunds will be available for ticketholders who cannot attend on that date.

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8 thoughts on “Boulder Bank Walk – 13 March 2016

  1. I’ve heard that this is quite a difficult walk and I’m worried about my 6 year old being able to make it to the ferry in time. Any idea how long it normally takes smaller kids to walk?

    • For a 6-year-old it will be a bit of a challenge, but doable if they are used to walking reasonable distances. Typical time for an adult is 2.5 to 3 hours, so I would allow 4 to 5 hrs for your child. If you take the first bus (8.15) you shouldn’t have any problem getting to the boat in time. If necessary, you can stop at the lighthouse and get a boat from there (normally for the ‘boat-both-ways’ ticketholders).

      • Thanks for the reply. I don’t think our 6 year old will be up for the 9km walk, and we’re booked on the 9:45 bus. How would we go about changing our family’s ticket for bus,walk, ferry to just ferry both ways?

        • It is 8km to the Lighthouse. If you want more time to get there, you could go on the 8.15 bus. Or for $8 you could upgrade both to the ferry, though I won’t know until noon what boat tickets are left.

          • I think if we were able to upgrade us all (2 adults & 2 children) to boat both ways, that would be best. Can you please advise when you’re able if that’s possible? Thanks.

  2. Hi there. We have bought tickets for the walk tomorrow but I am now worried it will be too much for my daughter after all. How far is it just to the lighthouse where you get the boat? If we wanted to change from the walk to the boat both ways, how much would it cost? Is the boat all booked up?

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