Cable Bay history, landscape and wildlife
Cable Bay is a 20-minute scenic drive from Nelson, about 8kms from the SH.1 turnoff.
Named Rotokura by local Maori, the beach faces westward hence the translation of ‘Red light over water’. The area comprises Cable and Delaware Bays separated by Pepin Island with the Wakapuaka estuary in behind. Cable Bay beach is a natural boulder barrier to the sea and the rugged coastline is part of the Nelson mineral belt. These old igneous formations weathered by the sea form an intricate labyrinth of caves, corridors and islets navigable only by kayak.
Cable Bay in the history books
The area is historically significant with evidence of pre-European activity through wahi tapu (sacred) sites and in more recent times became renown as the scene of the heroic rescue of crew of the Brig Delaware by local Maori.
Cable Bay is also famous for it’s part to play in connecting New Zealand to the world, through the terminus of the first overseas communications link, Sydney to New Zealand.
Read more about the history of Cable Bay on our mates website, Cable Bay Holiday Park.