Boulder Bank Walk 2017

Light and view from top of lighthouse

Light and view from top of lighthouse

Update 16 March:
Boulder Bank walk now on Sunday 19 March.
Forecast looking great for this Sunday. Still tickets available at Knapps Lawyers, Stoke Garden & Landscape and TSB Bank. Get them in advance to get the departure time you want and avoid disappointment.

Those who are unable to attend on 19 March can return the tickets to the original vendor for a full refund, or can consider the tickets a donation to Coastguard. We apologise for any inconvenience, but we want everyone to enjoy this event!

Our 8th annual Boulder Bank Walk is happening on Sunday 12 March 2017 (now 19 March). Don’t miss it!

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.

One of the baches on the Boulder Bank

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.

Kirsty - Job done!

Kirsty – Job done!

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 10:30 and 11:00. 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).

Again this year, we have 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 (Mon-Fri)
TSB Bank, Trafalgar St, Nelson (Mon-Sat noon)
Stoke Garden & Landscapes, Saxton Road (7 days)

Or order by email:  gilly@knapps.co.nz

If you don’t get to our ticket outlets, you can check our Facebook page to see if we have 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 19 March. Refunds will be available for ticketholders who cannot attend on that date.

Funds raised go to support Nelson Coastguard and other Rotary charities.

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6 thoughts on “Boulder Bank Walk 2017

  1. Can retired persons that are not so fit take the boat both ways ..help out where they can on bank cleanup …of course ?

    • Yes, of course.This option is designed just for such people! You will have to walk about 100m from where the boats disembarks to the lighthouse, and back later, so you still need some mobility and to be able to walk on an uneven surface. Also note that the baches are quite far from the lighthouse and you wouldn’t have time to get there and back. But the lighthouse itself is well worth a visit.

    • I’d say it is marginal for a 6 year old. It is about a 3 hour walk over rocks. If in doubt, I would recommend the ‘boat-both-ways’ option — you will still have more than an hour to get a good look around the Lighthouse and explore that part of the Boulder Bank.

    • All buses and boats depart from and return to the area outside Styx Restaurant on Wakefield Quay. On the Boulder Bank, the ‘boat-both-ways’ will deliver passengers to a point about 100m from the Lighthouse and pick up at the same spot.

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