There are lots of hikes in the Queenstown area, most of which feature mountain views as their biggest hook. Bob’s cove is different. This lush green landscape features several stunning lake beaches, paths lined with native forest and a couple of atmospheric ruins. Oh, there are also some incredible mountain views — this is Queenstown after all!
It’s a short 5-10 minute walk from the car park (on the Queenstown – Glenorchy road) to the beach at Bob’s Cove. This is probably the best beach in the area and I’m sure it gets quite busy in summer. You could call it a day there, but it’s worth pushing on to the viewpoint on the hill above the beach. It takes about 30 minutes to walk there from the car park and you’ll pass a couple of historic ruins, including a lime kiln, dating back to the late 1800s.
This viewpoint overlooking Bob’s Cove, and the mountains on the opposite side of Lake Wakatipu, is what a more social media focussed blogger might describe as “Instagrammable”. You can just imagine an Instagram model staring off into the distance, trying to look all deep and meaningful while trying think of the perfect quote to suit the view.
It is a pretty amazing viewpoint though — if you’re going to stop at one place along the road to Glenorchy then this should be it. It’s a bit of an effort to get up there, and it isn’t immediately obvious where the best viewpoint is, but you’ll be blown away when you find it.
Hiking from Bob’s Cove to 12 Mile Delta
If you’re up for a longer hike you can continue along the forest track to the 12 Mile Delta car park. The return journey takes a couple of hours and there are some great views along the way. It’s a pretty easy hike as it’s mostly flat. You’ll see a gorge (with a small waterfall), mountain views and maybe some colourful birds. I did this hike in winter and it made the whole area more scenic — mountains look so much better with a bit of snow on them! I imagine it could get very hot in summer, but then you can always cool off in the lake.
Getting to Bob’s Cove
Bob’s Cove is located 14 km outside of Queenstown, on the road to Glenorchy. This road is one of the most spectacular in New Zealand and is one of the best things to do in the region. There are lots of places to stop along the way, with Bob’s Cove being one of the best.
Other Hikes near Queenstown
There is an abundance of hikes close to Queenstown, and I’ve done a few of them recently. Queenstown Hill is a highlight, as are the hikes around Lake Hayes and Moke Lake. I haven’t done Ben Lomond yet but I’ve heard it’s the best (and hardest) of the lot. It’s going to take a long time to do all of the hikes near Queenstown, but that’s my eventual goal.
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