The Cobb Valley walk passes through a sequence of native beech groves and open meadows.
Bird sightings on either of these trips may include Kea, Kaka, Bellbird, Tomtit and Robin, among others.
The Cobb Valley is 1½ hours drive from Motueka. After a climb up through the beautifully bush clad Takaka Valley we arrive at the Cobb Ridge. From here we look down in to the glacially carved Cobb Valley.
Now the choice can be yours. Your day can be spent meandering up the valley to enjoy the flora and fauna and to sit by the river to enjoy a picnic lunch in idyllic surroundings. Or you may like to take the other option of a two hour walk up either side of the valley to come out on the ‘tops’ above the tree line to take in the magnificent 360 degree views of Kahurangi National Park. Lunch will be had beside a pristine alpine lake. Or you may like to visit the historic cottage where Annie and Henry Chaffey lived in isolation for 40 years.
The walk begins on the road to the Cobb Valley, and follows a graded former road through dense beech forest to old mine diggings, then continues over a rougher walking track, passing through interesting geological features and open manuka and lancewood groves. Fine views can be had of the Takaka River valley far below.