Nelson/Tasman region

Upper Cobb Valley.

Upper Cobb Valley

Nelson/Tasman region map.

The Cobb Valley region is one of the most interesting in the country for trampers and naturalists with its impressive mountain and bush scenery, remarkable botany and geology, and interesting human story.

The Cobb area has many special geological features. Nowhere else in New Zealand has such a complex series of ancient rocks been eroded into such distinctively different landscapes.

View the Cobb Valley, Mt Arthur, Tableland brochure (PDF, 3,854K)

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation

DOC carried out an aerial 1080 operation in the area on 7–8 November 2014 to control rats, possums and other predators as part of our Battle for our Birds programme.

The area included approximately 50,000 ha of Kahurangi National Park including all of the Cobb Valley from the Cobb Power House, the Mt Arthur Tablelands north of Salisbury Lodge and west to the Marshall Ranges and central Tasman mountains. View a map (PDF, 5,820K).

All DOC tracks within the operational block were temporarily closed during the 1080 bait application until the tracks were inspected by DOC staff and as many baits and carcasses removed as possible. The section of Cobb Road between the Cobb Power House and Cobb information kiosk was also included.

Further track and Cobb Road inspections are scheduled but bait can continue to fall onto the tracks and road from overhead vegetation for many days after the operation. Do not touch the baits or carcasses.

For further information contact the DOC Takaka Office, phone +64 3 525 8026.


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Takaka Office
Phone:      +64 3 525 8026
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