Bob’s Cove Track Queenstown is an easily accessible coastal walk with epic views of the turquoise cove and the incredible Lake Wakatipu.

For those looking for a quick and easy coastal track with stunning lake views, then Bob’s Cove Track Queenstown is the most bang-for-hiking-buck track in town. I say that because it’s only a short twenty-minute walk for views that are arguably more impressive than other popular tracks like Queenstown Hill.

Where is Bob’s Cove?

Bob’s Cove is located approximately 14 kilometers from Queenstown near the sharp elbow bend on Lake Wakatipu.

The wide cove is protected from most winds due to the raised hillside and surrounding treeline.


How to Get to Bob’s Cove Queenstown

Like most places worth visiting in New Zealand’s South Island, Bob’s Cove track is best accessible by car.

Depending on traffic around the lakefront, it should take only about 15-20 minutes to reach. The drive to Bob’s cove follows one of the most scenic drives in the world; the Glenorchy to Queenstown Road. There’s only one road to Glenorchy, so follow signs there and keep an eye out for the sign to Bob’s Cove carpark on the left.

If it’s your first time driving this route, you’re in for a treat.

During my time in Queenstown, I got around in a Spaceship Van, which I highly recommend. After swimming and hiking around Bob’s Cove, we drove over to 12 Mile Delta for an epic LoTR inspired camping.


Is There a Queenstown to Bob’s Cove Bus

Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct public bus service that runs from Queenstown to Bob’s Cove as of 2020. This means that to get here from Queenstown without your own transport, you’ll need to either stick out a thumb or rent a bike.

Heading to Milford? Book online and save, or read the review from Queenstown.

Hiking and Swimming at Bob’s Cove

After parking up at Bob’s Cove, you’ll have a few options for things to do. On a warm summer’s day, Bob’s Cove makes the perfect place to cool off in the ridiculously turquoise water. There are also a few tracks that loop around the cove, and one that follows all the way around to 12 Mile Delta.

If you’re up for a quick but rewarding viewpoint, then I’d certainly recommend walking the circumference of the cove, following signs to Picnic Hill.


Bob’s Cove Lookout

Bob’s Cove track Queenstown begins at the carpark and descends into native bush and tracks down to the edge of the cove.

Following signs to “Picnic Point”, walk for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the top of Bob’s Cove Lookout, where you’ll have reached what I think was one of the best coastal viewpoints on Lake Wakatipu.



Bob’s Cove History

Along the Bob’s Cove track, you’ll notice an old rubble pile of bricks that is actually a historic lime kiln. This was one of many from the 1800s, where the local Lime Company used Bob’s Cove as a quarry to process the limestone.


Bob’s Cove Queenstown Accommodation

Want the adventure perks of Queenstown mixed in with the serenity of Lake Wakatipu? Here are a few options:

Luxury Retreat at Bob’s Cove: Touch of Spice
For obvious reasons, I didn’t stay here. This retreat is one of the most scenic and luxury accommodation options in Queenstown. This villa retreat has 5 bedrooms, a kitchen, living rooms and 5 bathrooms!

Budget Lakeside Alternative: YHA Queenstown Lakefront
No, this one isn’t at Bob’s Cove, but it’s as close as you’ll get on a backpacker’s budget. The YHA opposite the incredible Lake Wakatipu is one of the best and highest-rated hostels in Queenstown. If you’re looking to meet other adventure travelers, be close to the action and prefer a comfortable dorm bed, don’t look past YHA Lakefront.

Compare all accommodation options around Queenstown and Bob’s Cove.

What Else is There to Do?

You’ll never really be short of things to do in Queenstown. But, if you’re on your way back to Queenstown and you’ve got your own set of wheels, why not check out Moke Lake on the way back.

If you’re traveling around New Zealand for a while, make sure to check out my other travel blogs and guides too in the links below.

For more great ideas on hikes, check out this list of the best hikes on the South Island.

Book Your Trip To New Zealand

Book Cheap Flights
Still in the planning stage of your trip? The best and easiest way to find cheap flights is to use an airfare search engine like Momondo and Skyscanner. Between the two, you’ll be guaranteed to always find the cheapest flight, anywhere in the world.

TIP: If you’re flexible on dates, search for “Whole Month” to see a calendar result with the cheapest days to fly.

Book Your Accommodation
Whether you’re looking for hostels, hotels, guest houses, or resorts between and Agoda, you’ll always get the best deals. I always search using the map feature to find accommodation in the best locations. Sometimes, if I want to stay in a place a little longer, I’ll use Airbnb.

TIP: For the best hostels, I usually compare reviews on Hostelworld, then check other booking sites to compare prices and deals.

Book Experiences and Tours
New Zealand is all about adventure and adrenaline. For the best deals on tours, adrenaline sports and experiences you’ll need to book online. I always use Klook, Viator and Get Your Guide. Booking in advance is the best way to get the best possible deals on Bungee, Milford Sound Trips and more!

Don’t Forget Adventure Travel Insurance
If you’re reading this blog then you’re more likely to be seeking adventures over poolside sips. After having my entire bag stolen in Barcelona I’ve sworn to always buy travel insurance. My two favorite options for adventure travelers are SafetyWing and World Nomads. Click here to read the comparison between the two.


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