Pest control operation
Pest control operation DOC will carry out an aerial 1080 operation in approximately 270,000 ha of Kahurangi National Park to control rats, possums and other predators as part of its Battle for our Birds programme.
Non toxic pre feed baits will be applied first followed, approximately 5 days later (weather permitting), by the toxic baits. The area is divided into 5 separate operational blocks and each may be treated at different times.
Most tracks within the operational block to be treated will be temporarily closed until baits have been removed from the track. Major tracks include the eastern portion of the Heaphy Track and Wangapeka Track. The Cobb Road and Wangapeka River Road will be closed until baits have been removed during the Cobb and Wangapeka block operations respectively. The Oparara Basin Access Road will be closed during the Oparara block operations.
This operation is scheduled to start at the first weather opportunity after 1 September 2014. Get
View more information or contact the Motueka Office tel +64 3 528 18), Takaka Office tel +64 3 525 8026), or Westport Office tel +64 3 788 8008).
Walks from the access road
Time: 1 hr, 30 min
Distance: 6 km one way
This track leaves the access road two kilometres past the powerhouse and follows the old (now disused) asbestos mine access road. Initially it is a path, becoming a tramping track at the first slip.
At the old mine, rusting relics remind us of another era. Beyond the mine the track steepens and climbs for 30 minutes to Asbestos Cottage, home of Annie Chaffey and her intrepid asbestos miner husband, Henry, for 40 years.
Bullock Track (Asbestos Cottage to Cobb Reservoir)
Time: 2-3 hr
Distance: 4 km one way
The track goes downhill for 30 minutes from Asbestos Cottage to join the Bullock Track, then winds up to the Cobb Ridge where the gradient eases and it joins the Cobb Ridge Track to Peat Flat. It then crosses part of the flat before descending steeply to the road beside Cobb Reservoir.
Ridge-top routes (Cobb Lookout to Myttons Hut)
Time: 4 hr
Distance: 8 km one way
This route leaves the Cobb Road near the information kiosk and runs along the Cobb Ridge above the reservoir to meet the Bullock Track near Peat Flat. From here the route climbs onto Peel Ridge before descending on the Lake Peel Track to the head of Cobb Reservoir.
Short walks in the Cobb Valley
Cobb Dam to Lake Sylvester
Time: 2 hr
Distance: 5 km one way
This walking track zigzags up through beech forest and levels as it approaches the open tops. There are a number of lakes, all glacial in origin, within easy and not-so-easy reach of Sylvester Hut. There are no markers beyond Lake Sylvester.
Lake Peel Track
Time: 2 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.5 km one way
A short walk (10 minutes) leads up to Myttons Hut. Beyond the hut, the tramping track winds steadily up to Peel Ridge (1 hr 30 min - 2 hr). It crosses the ridge and then drops down, before sidling around to the beautiful ice-sculptured basin that holds Lake Peel.
Walks in upper Cobb Valley
Cobb Valley Track
Trilobite Hut to Fenella Hut
Time: 4 hr, 30 min
Distance: 12 km one way
Tarns near Fenella Hut
Follow the walking track from Trilobite Hut up the Cobb Valley for 1 hr 30 min to reach Chaffey Hut.
From there a tramping track continues up the valley floor. It takes about 2 hr 30 min to get to Cobb Hut where a 30 minute side trip will take you to Cobb Lake, with Round Lake a further hour. These lakes provided water to the earlier hydro-electric development.
Beyond Cobb Hut the track climbs for about 30 minutes to a series of glacier-worn rocky steps to Fenella Hut. Fenella Hut was built as a memorial to Fenella Druce, who was killed in 1977 when the Three Johns Hut was blown over a bluff in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
From Upper Takaka a narrow 28km road leads to Cobb Reservoir - care is required. The road then follows the lakeside to Trilobite Hut.
Road distances to Trilobite Hut: From Nelson 123km, Motueka 73km, Takaka 60km.