Lakeshore, Forest & Bird

Queenstown Walking Tour

Explore a unique environment with a variety of plants, native birds, and stunning vistas. 

This half-day walk at Bob's Cove is an easy stroll, through a unique microclimate where plants are protected from the elements, so species are more prevalent than elsewhere within the Central Otago basin. Native birds are readily seen and heard. You’ll be introduced to an array of edible and medicinal plants used by Māori and European settlers.

The walk begins in a native shrub and beech forest, and the track leads down through the forest to the edge of Lake Whakatipu. You'll enjoy great views looking out through the trees and over the water to the mountains beyond.

Stop by the lakefront for morning or afternoon tea while taking in the beautiful views.


Half day, approximately 4 hours

Walking Distance

Approximately 3 km (moderate)


Well formed walking track


Afternoon/morning tea


8:00am and 1:30pm from Queenstown

We also offer the option to include a steeper climb to a lookout point with magnificent 360-degree views.

Departures are at 8am and 1:30pm. Transport is available from your Queenstown accommodation. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will keep you entertained on your drive with stories of the area and can stop for a few photo opportunities too.

Contact us to book your experience.

Privately Guided Experience Prices

1-4 People $835
Extra Adult $135
Extra Child (8-14 years) $95
Extra Adult/ Child rate charged up to a full group of 10.
Exclusive, private tours only.
Prices valid until 30 September 2024.

Lakeshore Forest & Bird

What essentials should I pack?

It's important that you wear sensible footwear, ideally closed-toed trail shoes, warm mid layers, thermal layers for winter, a warm hat or sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof jacket in you have one. Small day pack if you have one and a full water bottle is always an essential.

What will be provided?

All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence).
Morning or Afternoon tea, and tea/coffee.
Knowledgeable and friendly guides.
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology.
Walking poles, day packs and jackets are available on loan.

What level of fitness do I need for this walk?

We aim to find a pace that suits you & your group, and can cater the trip to your ability. In order to make the most of the experience we would recommend that guests have an average level of fitness and walk regularly.

What footwear do I need for the track?

We recommend wearing closed-toed trail shoes for this experience.

Are there toilets on the track?

There are limited toilet facilities on this walk. There is a 'bush' toilet provided by the Department of Conservation on the track. Your guide will make sure you are aware of this they normally suffice for all our trips. On the very rare occasion should clients need to use the 'green room' our guides carry toilet paper, and hand sanitiser.

What kind of terrain can I expect?

The track is well formed and maintained. It is undulating with an optional steep climb.