Nelson's Best Kept Secret

Cable Bay

Stay and Play

Stay And Play

Experience one of the jewels in the Nelson region: Cable Bay

Located less than 20 minutes’ drive on the north side of Nelson, it is a picturesque and idyllic spot to spend some time.

With accommodation ranging from the luxurious Peak view retreat to the Cable Bay campground right next to the beach there is an option for all budgets.

There is also plenty to do, from relaxing on the beach, walking the Cable Bay walkway or relaxing over coffee at one of the cafes.

If something more adventurous is your thing try the world famous Skywire – the world longest flying fox, try the Archery Dragon Hunt, Kayak around the spectacular Pepin island or test your skills at the Shooting range. All this and much more – there really is something for everyone.

Cable Bay Nelson Welcomes You


Check out the accomodation options for Cable Bay. Stay near the beach in a tent and get lulled into sleep by the sound of the wave or rest and relax on top of a mountain in full luxury. Every interest and budget is catered for.


Play in Nelson's largest Adventure Park, explore the waters with a Kayak, hunt Dragons with a longbow or learn to shoot a gun. Thrill seekers, family adventures, team events - everything is right at hand from our experienced companies.


Are you hungry from all the adventures or from relaxing at the beach?
Check out the options for food and drinks in Cable Bay Nelson.


Enjoy the Cable Bay Walkway with amazing views over the Tasman Bay, go for a snorkel in the marine reserve, enjoy a small but fine rock beach, launch a kayak or do some rock climbing or diving...

Cable Bay History

Cable Bay has always been a hotspot for rest and relaxation (photo from 1890)

Cable Bay is nestled away only 20 minutes north of Nelson, an area of outstanding beauty, fascinating  history and a great micro-climate makes it the perfect year-round destination to explore, experience, and retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

With a wide range of activities and places to stay to suit everyone’s needs, from idyllic coastal walks through to the thrill-seeking World’s longest Flying Fox, Cable Bay has you covered.   All the activity and accommodation providers love working/living in the Cable Bay area, they all appreciate the natural beauty and all that the area has to offer.  They are eager to show you just how special and beautiful it is.  After all, it is one of Nelson’s best kept secrets!

With Nelson’s oldest café situated near the Cable Bay beach and open in the summer season, this is a great place to refuel after a few hours at the beach.  Another fantastic place to get some tasty homemade food is the café at the Adventure Park, after doing a few activities at the park, you will be wanting some good tasty food and maybe a well-deserved wine or beer to savor.

At the end of the day, there is always somewhere to rest your head, with a wide variety of accommodation providers to suit everybody’s budget and requirements, you will be sure to get a very welcomed and professional service.

Are you ready to get a bit ‘off the beaten track’ and experience the lush countryside full of native bush with beautiful native birdsong, explore tranquil waters, rugged coastlines full of sea life, and sunsets like no other.   And you can do all this whilst experiencing a new activity or simply sitting back and reading a book, the choice is yours.

How To Find Us

Cable Bay is only a 20min drive from Nelson, but it’s like a whole different region. Locals take micro-holidays in Cable Bay and overseas visitors experience New Zealand off the beaten track. Come and visit us!