Asbestos Cottage

Image: Jan Robertson | ©


Walk to an historic cottage (built 1897) that was home to a reclusive couple for nearly 40 years.

Track overview

6 km | 12.8 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 hr | 4 - 5 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

4WD is recommended on the access road into the Cobb valley (Cobb Dam Road) in winter, due to ice and/or snow.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Cobb Dam Road - Asbestos Cottage

Time: 2 hr
Distance: 6 km

This track leaves the access road 2 km 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 rustic Asbestos Cottage, home for 40 years of Annie Chaffey and her intrepid, asbestos miner-husband, Henry.

Asbestos Cottage to Cobb Reservoir (Bullock Track)

Time: 2 - 3 hr
Distance: 6.8 km

From Asbestos Cottage the track joins the Bullock Track after 30 minutes, then winds along the Cobb Ridge. It crosses the Peel Ridge Route at Peat Flat, and traverses part of the flat before descending steeply to the road beside Cobb Reservoir.

Getting there

The ends of both tracks are on Cobb Dam Road, on route from Upper Takaka to the Cobb Reservoir. The narrow road is unsealed from the powerhouse - care is required and 4WD is recommended in winter due to ice and or snow. 

On-demand transport services are available to or from the Cobb - contact the DOC office for details.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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