Bob’s Cove Track and Nature Walk

3km (1hr)

Bob’s Cove Track and Nature Walk in Queenstown offers lakeshore walks, historic sites, swimming beaches, and fishing.

The cove was a campsite for Maori on the greenstone/pounamu trail to the head of the lake. In the 1870s, seven limekilns were built here to burn limestone for building mortar and agricultural fertiliser. One intact kiln can still be seen alongside the track. Native red beech / tawhi raunui was extensively logged for this industry, and gum trees were planted to provide future firewood.

This is a lovely, easy 1 hour walk, on an easy track, and a popular picnic spot for tourists and locals alike.  We recommend wearing boots as  it may be wet underfoot. This track follows the original bridle trail which was once the only overland link between Queenstown and Glenorchy. Look out for the large stacked stone retaining walls that still remain as a tribute to the early pioneers.

Getting there

14 km from Queenstown on the Glenorchy Rd.