History of Bob’s Cove

In Maori the land is named Te Punatapu, which means ‘the sacred waters’. Historically this cove was a campsite for Maori, a reliable stop on the pounamu (greenstone) trail to the head of the lake.

In the 1870s, seven kilns were built to burn limestone, the resultant product ideal for use in building mortar and agricultural fertiliser. One intact kiln can still be seen here. Also at this time native red beech (tawhi raunui) was logged for this industry, with gum trees being planted in replacement. The distinctive smell and light from these gums continues to provide a wonderful ambience to the area.

Bob’s Cove Gallery

The Lake

At 80 kilometres in length Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s longest. And for many, it’s quite simply regarded as New Zealand’s best. It’s in the hearts of millions – and it’s on your doorstep.

The lake is also very deep, its floor being as low as 100 metres below sea level (which makes it between 378 metres and 420 metres in places). The Dart River flows into the northern end and the lake is drained by the Kawarau River, which drains 8km east of Queenstown at the lake’s Frankton Arm. In between these points Queenstown residents and visitors use the lake for simply everything. That’s windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, jet-skiing, boating, fishing, the list goes on and on.

With a quick walk from your home to the lakefront and easy access for swimming and boating you’ll be able to consistently make the most of this wonderful natural resource.

Lastest Info & Links

There’s a good few reasons why people make the quick drive to Bob’s
Cove from Queenstown.
Walking and mountain biking tracks include the Bob’s Cove Track, the
Historic Bridle Trail, and the local track section of the
12 Mile Delta.

Walking, running and cycling tracks at the Cove
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-andwalks/ otago/queenstown-wakatipu/bobs-cove-bridle-track/

http://www.wonderwalkers.co.nz/default,2340,twelve-mile-delta-to-bobs-cove-track.sm

http://www.fetchmag.co.nz/WALKS/SOUTH+ISLAND/Bobs+Cove+Queenstown.html

Showcasing the area:
http://www.queenstowncamping.co.nz/activities