Sylvester Hut Track

Image: margriet hendriks | ©


Walk up to Sylvester Hut as day walk or overnight tramp with children - enjoy great views from the hut and explore a series of lakes on the open tops behind the hut.

Track overview

5 km one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr one way Easy: Walking 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


The 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.

Getting there

The track starts on Cobb Dam Road, near the Cobb Dam, 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.


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