Story: Nelson places

Boulder Bank: aerial view (1st of 2)

Boulder Bank: aerial view

Boulder Bank is a 13.5-kilometre natural barrier which separates Nelson Haven from Tasman Bay. Composed of hard granodiorite boulders up to 1.2 metres in diameter, it has formed from erosion of the nearby Mackay Bluff. Waves generated by northerly storms and a north-easterly current carry boulders south-eastwards, adding to the bank.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson places - Nelson city', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 22 Apr 2015