Above Lake Peel. Track to Cobb Reservoir in the distance.

Image: Fay Zhong, Andrew Murdoch and Terry Chubb | ©


Walk to the beautiful basin that holds Lake Peel.

Track overview

5 km one way

Walking and tramping

2 hr 30 min 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 Reservoir - Lake Peel

Time: 2 hr 30 min
Distance: 5 km 

From the head of Cobb Reservoir, a short walk (10 minutes) leads up to Myttons Hut.

Beyond the hut, the tramping track winds steadily up to Peel Ridge (1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours). It crosses the ridge and then drops down, before sidling around to the beautiful ice-sculptured basin that holds Lake Peel.

Lake Peel - Salisbury Lodge

Time: 3 hr
Distance: 7 km

From Lake Peel a tramping track sidles up on to a ridge and then descends slowly to Balloon Hut (1 hour 30 minuntes). Salisbury Lodge on the Tableland Circuit is 1 hour 30 minutes further on.

Getting there

The track starts at the head of the Cobb Reservoir. Turn off SH 60 at Upper Takaka. Follow Cobb Valley Road, then Cobb Dam Road to the end (28 km).

The road is unsealed from the Cobb Power House - 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. Please 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.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
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