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.

Duration

Half day, approximately 4 hours

Walking Distance

Approximately 3 km (moderate)

Track

Well formed walking track

Food

Afternoon/morning tea

Departures

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring on a guided walk?

For all our walks it's important that you wear sensible footwear, ideally closed-toed trail shoes or hiking boots. Sunglasses are essential all year round, as are hats (sun hat in summer, a warm hat in winter), sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket. Our weather can be changeable especially in the mountains so make sure you come prepared with plenty of warm layers. Bring a small daypack if you have one, or borrow one from us.

Click here to find out a full list of things you'll need and what we provide.

Do you cater for children?

Our guided day walks are suitable for children aged from 8 years old. We would highly recommend families with children to consider a privately guided walk to enable the experience to be tailored exclusively to the pace of the children involved, and also cater specifically to their interests.

What are the toilet facilities like?

There are only limited toilet facilities on our walks. There are 'bush' toilets provided by the Department of Conservation at most of the carparks and beside any huts we may pass. Your guide will make sure you are aware of these, 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 sort of weather conditions can I expect during winter?

Winter is typified by cool, calm, clear days in the Southern Lakes area. Other days might be overcast or wet, and sometimes there’s a good ‘southerly’ thrown at us which might bring wind, snow - classed as ‘real expedition weather’.

Our weather forecasts are quite accurate, and when met at your accommodation, your guide will ensure you have the chosen the right clothing for the day. Good, warm layers from base to outer are essential, as are hats and gloves. This is especially important if you are joining the Aspiring Wilderness Experience, where you will be on the jetboat for 1 hour.

What is provided for me on the guided walks?
  • All transport to and from your Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence).
  • Lunch (on full day hikes), snacks and tea/coffee. Please note you might need to carry the provided lunch (when included) in your backpack.
  • Knowledgeable and friendly guides.
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history and geology.
  • Walking poles, day packs and jackets are available on loan.
How fit do I need to be?

While we aim to find a pace that suits the group, in order to make the most of the experience we would recommend that guests have an average level of fitness and walk regularly. Each of our walks has a different walking distance and terrain involved and we are happy to answer any questions you may have on which walk is best for you.