The Cobb Valley is one of the few places
in New Zealand where the visitor can drive into and along, much of
a high mountain valley carved by glaciers. There are attractions for
everyone, from the most active tramper to the motorist wanting nothing
more than a stimulating drive.
The Takaka River below the power station
The 27km drive from Upper Takaka winds through
the impressive Takaka River gorge, through a red and silver beech
forest. On arriving at the small Cobb River Power station, nestled
in the valley, the tar seal road ends and the rest of the journey
is on an unsealed road. The road is quite passable by ordinary vehicles
for most of the year, however watch out for rocks and trees on the
road after heavy rain, and ice in winter!
Half way up to the Cobb Ridge, the Mount Arthur
Lookout commands a panoramic view of the Upper Takaka watershed, the
low shrublands of the asbestos rich mineral belt, and the impressive
marble bulk of Mount Arthur (another Lord of the Rings sites).
Overlooking the Cobb Reservoir from
the Cobb Ridge and information kiosk
Emerging onto the Cobb Ridge at 1040m, the view
of the Cobb Reservoir and the surrounding mountains is breathtaking,
there is a small information kiosk with interpretive information,
and a shelter if windy! Many people end their journey here, but
the road itself continues down to the dam below, for lots more exploring,
and some lovely picnic spots.
The area is renowned for its beautiful and interesting
plant life, a feature of the valley is the dense patches of Maori
onion (Bulbinella) which provide a mass of yellow flowers in spring.
The area is also popular for its displays of alpine flowers in the
summer time. Guided walks are available in the Cobb and the surrounding
Scenic flights are available for Lord of the Rings fans.
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Red and fallow deer are found in this area. Each hunter
requires a permit from the Department of Conservation. Hunting
dogs are not allowed.
Brown and rainbow trout are found in the Cobb Reservoir and
Cobb River. All anglers must have a fishing license.
There are camping and picnic areas at the head of the
For your safety
The Cobb area is a sub-alpine environment. If you are
venturing into the national park be prepared for sudden weather
Hazards such as avalanches and icy snow may be encountered
in the Mt. Peel - Lake Sylvester are from June to November.
Please use the intensions books.
There is a telephone available at the dam settlement.
All native plants and wildlife are protected.
Being self sufficient reduces impact on the park
environment. Carry your own cooker and rubbish. Rubbish facilities
are not provided.
Mountain bikes are only allowed on formed roads
within the National Park except for the formed road to Lake Sylvester.
Domestic animals are not allowed in the national
Please do not feed the Kea. It can make them
dependent and destructive.
It is recommended you boil, filter or treat your
Back Country Hut tickets or an annual pass are
required to stay in huts.
For further information contact:
Department of Conservation
Golden Bay Area Office
Pho (03) 525 8026