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Cable Bay Walkway

Cable Bay Walkway is a popular walkway situated in the north of the South Island near the city of Nelson. It passes through rolling hills and sections of native forest, and offers wonderful coastal views of the Boulder Bank, Nelson City and Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks.

This walkway is across private farmland and visitors should take care to use the stiles and gates provided. Toilets are available near the airstrip in the middle section of the walkway, along with seats and an interpretive panel about the area.

Cable Bay Walkway can accessed from Glenduan, at its southern end, or Cable Bay, at its northern end. It is steep in places and hardy footwear should be worn.


Cable Bay Walkway can accessed from Airlie Street in Glenduan, 12km north of Nelson city, or from Cable Bay Road in Cable Bay, 21km north of Nelson.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 3 hours and 30 minutes one way
Length: 7km one way
Created: 19 May 1995
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Cable Bay Walkway page on the Department of Conservation’s website.