Twelve Mile Delta Track from the Bob's Cove

Image: Allan Harris | Creative Commons


Follow the shore of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy lake views, native bush and ancient marine sediments. Twelve Mile Delta was a location for Lord of the Rings' Ithilien Camp.

Track overview

6.8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 - 4 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

90 min return Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


The Twelve Mile to Bob's Cove Track follows the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Lake views alter with meandering through native bush.

Budding geologists will delight in the ancient marine sediments found between Bob’s Cove – Picnic Point and Twelve Mile Creek. Fossils of oyster shells, other molluscs and algae can be found at Farry’s Beach.

Keep an eye out for summer’s red rata flowers around the lakeshore, Pittosporum and the large white flowered native clematis in spring.

Connects to the Bob's Cove Track.

Mountain bikers will find small climbs with mixed terrain surfaces.

Twelve Mile Delta was a location for Ithilien Camp - see more Lord of the Rings filming locations

Getting there

Turn off at 'Twelve Mile Delta Camping and Picnic Area' sign posted on the Glenorchy Rd then follow the signs to the track start at the western end of the camping area.

Know before you go

Dogs are allowed in Twelve Mile Recreation Reserve but must be on a lead.


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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