41 - Monaco Peninsula
A walk that takes in the seaside charm of Monaco, one of Nelson's loveliest little suburbs, with its seaside setting compensating for its proximity to the airport.
Time: 45 - 60 minutes
Note: Check the newspaper for tide times when planning this walk.
Start Location: Start at The Honest Lawyer, an Elizabethan-style country pub set off the end of Songer Street on the edge of the Monaco seafront.
Proceed around the estuary on Point Road and turn right at the Monaco reserve. Cross the reserve and when you get down on to the beach turn left and continue around to the southern end of the point. The sandy beach becomes rocky half way round so the road may be easier walking. To the right you can see the tail end of the airport land, and further west is Oyster Island, a public reserve which is great for picnics if you have a boat.
Around the end of the point start heading back towards the Honest Lawyer. The western end of Point Road is a tidal zone and is sand along one portion - in a spring tide bring your gumboots!
Points of Interest
In addition to the tranquil atmosphere and interesting homes and gardens, the Monaco Peninsula walk features boats and boating activities, a couple of potteries and a stained glass studio, and a variety of interesting views across the estuary to the Richmond Range and city hills.