Upper South Island and the West Coast Travel Guide

Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

Boulder Bank

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  • Nelson
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Published 08/30/2016

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One of the defining landscape features of Nelson is the 13-km (8-mile) natural stone bank, built up from eroding cliff faces farther north along the coast. In creating a sheltered harbor, the bank is essentially the reason Nelson was settled by early Māori in the first place. Haulashore Island, seen in the west, was originally part of the Boulder Bank, only becoming an island when The Cut was pushed through the bank as an entry for larger ships into the harbor. A lighthouse on the Boulder Bank served as a guiding light from the 1860s until the 1980s. For 27 years a lighthouse keeper and his wife lived at the lighthouse, raising 10 children on the isolated bank. The lighthouse can now be visited by a small harbor ferry.

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Boulder Bank Dr., Nelson, Nelson, 7071, New Zealand

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Published 08/30/2016


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