Cable Bay Walk and Cafe near Nelson A good incentive for doing the Cable Bay walk is knowing there’s a cute little cafe nearby. The Cable Bay Café is very inviting with colourful cushions and white tables. Today, we were keen to try it. I have to admit, sometimes we have passed over these little rural cafes, thinking that we’ll get a better coffee ‘in town’? And how many times have we been proved wrong! Shouldn’t we support these little Kiwi businesses? After all, they are the heart of their community.
Cable Bay walk – where sheep safely graze
We probably could have chosen a better day to do the Cable Bay walk. It was drizzling when we set off – and it probably wasn’t a good day for Pam to learn how to drive our new 4-WD. Handy hint: the Cable Bay Walk and Cafe near Nelson is accessed by a gravel and winding road. Don’t take the Glen turnoff to Cable Bay, but the next one 21km north of Nelson. Remember to stay strictly on the right of the road as it is quite narrow.
Scenic views Cable Bay Walk
It is refreshing to be away from general traffic and today, we sort of had the place to ourselves. New Zealand has plenty of places like this, that you can get away from it all. It’s what I call an inbuilt luxury that we Kiwis tend to take for granted. By the way, do note that this track is closed from 1 August to 7 October because of lambing. There are sheep freely grazing on the land and they can be a bit nervy. That’s what happens when you’re used to no people. So good to see these animals living with their lives with dignity in a pure environment. Hey Michael stop hassling those guys…
Even though the clouds are dense and low, the scenery is beautiful and definitely lends a feeling of tranquility.
On the Cable Bay walk you’ll get plenty of moments these along the way. Watch out for the sheep poo and be sure to use the ‘kissing gates’ (no romance intended). We all need to respect private farmland where access is restricted. The complete walk takes about 3½ hours one way. Do wear sturdy shoes as it’s quite steep in parts.
Happy travelling on the Cable Bay Walk and Cafe near Nelson.