Bus or boat for Boulder Bank visit

00:14, Feb 27 2013
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ON THE ROCKS: A group of trampers make their way across the Boulder Bank to Nelson's iconic lighthouse.

Nelsonians not only have a chance to explore the Boulder Bank and lighthouse, they can take a double-decker bus or a boat trip on their journey.

The Rotary Club of Nelson West and Nelson Coastguard will run the Boulder Bank Charity Challenge on March 17, the fourth year it has offered the opportunity for the public to access the landmark.

Early ticket buyers will secure a place on a London double-decker bus that has been chartered for the first time this year for travel to Boulder Bank Drive. As well as the popular walk option, a "boat both ways" option to the Boulder Bank will be available, and Coastguard will have its vessel and equipment on display.

The 8 kilometre walk takes up to three hours.

The lighthouse will be open and other features will be described in a printed programme.

Speakers at the lighthouse will include Brian Kidson, a descendant of John Kidson who was lighthouse keeper from 1865 to 1892, and Hilary and John Mitchell, local historians and researchers into iwi issues.

Proceeds will benefit Coastguard, which is fundraising for a new rescue vessel, and other Rotary Foundation charities. Tickets, at $20 and $25 each, are on sale at TSB Bank, corner of Trafalgar and Bridge streets, Sand & Land in Tahuna, Stoke Garden & Landscapes in Saxton Rd and First National Real Estate on Queen St in Richmond.