When I’m looking for a quick escape from Queenstown, I head out to Bobs Cove for a relaxing walk alongside some of the most inspiring views in the region.
The final viewpoint can be accessed by two great walking tracks, one being the 12 Mile Delta to Bobs Cove walking track that takes between 2 and 4 hours return.
Although for those short on time, there is an easy-graded 20 minute one way walking track. This starts at the Bobs Cove Recreation Reserve car park which is located along the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, just 14km from Queenstown.
After leaving the car park, the bush-lined trail descends toward the picture-perfect Bobs Cove. While walking you might hear the sounds of birdsong, with bellbirds, wood pigeon and tui often found in the region. The views from the shore look out over Lake Wakatipu and the stunning mountain backdrop. It is also a great place for a picnic, swim or spot for reading.
As you continue along the trail, the remains of a historic lime kiln will appear on the left. The kiln was built in the 1800’s when limestone was once quarried and processed in Bobs Cove.
Another favourite spot along this track is the jetty that hangs over the blue waters of Bobs Cove, offering a different perspective of the area. This is my favourite spot for a picnic.
You are greeted with a breathtaking reward at the end of the one-way trail. After walking up a slight incline, the track opens up to a point offering panoramic views from Mount Nicholas, across Bobs Cove, right around to the most iconic mountain range in Queenstown – The Remarkables.
There is a perfectly placed bench that looks out over the cove, or if you make your way through the bush, there is a rocky outcrop that faces Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables which is a great place for a break to take in the views.