Only 15 – 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, traveling west along the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road is Closeburn. Home to Alpine Retreat, Moke Lake, 7 Mile Point and Wilsons Bay. You’ll also find Bob’s Cove / Mt Crichton, home to 12 Mile Delta and Punatapu/Bob’s Cove.
Tāne Mahuta is the atua/god of the forest, and his presence can be felt in these regions. This is the beginning of true Aotearoa forests. These landscapes feature our indigenous Beech Tree/Tāwhai forests, pristine wild rivers and huge lake vistas.
You’ll love this area if you enjoy connecting to nature, being within close proximity to a variety of short walks, enjoy waking up to bird song in the morning and going to bed under a vast blanket of stars at night – our neighbourhood is only a stones throw from Queenstown but provides a true feeling of isolation.
On a rare occasion, if you are extremely lucky and the conditions are perfect (middle of winter on a crisp clean night) you may even see the Aurora Australis – Southern Lights. Moke Lake is a locals favourite to view the lights.
Stay in beautiful holiday homes, luxury lodges or exclusive boutique hotels or get back to basics and pitch a tent at Twelve Mile Delta or Moke Lake.
When it comes to holiday homes, you’ll find pods suitable for a couple, or beautiful larger homes fit for a bride and her bridal party, or a family, friends or colleagues gathering. Some properties are also sold for exclusive use or welcome guests into various villas and rooms – our neighbourhood has a lot to offer and not many visitors know about it.
Walks & Tracks
Lake Dispute Track | Easy | 1.5 hours return
Zigzag up through shrubland to the high country lake – Lake Dispute.
Extend your walk with the Mt Crichton Loop Track – allow 40 mins. Access is at the southern end of the lake and you’ll find the starting point along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, approximately 10.5km from Queenstown. Look out for the signposts.
Bob’s Cove Bridle Track | Easy | 1-2 hours
A perfect stroll, only 10 minute’s drive from Queenstown, into native forest and beautiful lakeside vistas. Follow the originally track linking Queenstown and Glenorchy and enjoy the flora and fauna.
Mt Crichton Loop Track | Easy | 2.5 hours
A local’s favourite, this loop follows red beech in the gullies, and as the track ascends, it offers views of Lake Dispute and glimpses of Lake Wakatipu. The well-formed track is instantly beautiful. Enjoy it at your own pace, taking in beautiful rivers, a waterfall, a historic hut and a rock tunnel.
Exploring in this area is all about the great outdoors. There are numerous walking and bike tracks, nature reserves and possibilities to discover the lake whether it’s by kayak or water taxi. Picnic and sunbath in this picturesque location, explore movie locations and so much more.
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If you are staying in Bob’s Cove the Glen Tui Heights adventure park is great for children and adults alike. You’ll find a double flying fox, climb, balance and strength obstacles and fitness equipment. Pop down to Bob’s Cove lakeside for a dip in the water, this is one of our favourite spots for swimming.
Wilson Bay is a beautiful sheltered lakeside area, sit back and relax, take the kayak, wakeboard or water ski out, connect into the walk/bike track to 7 Mile. This bay is also a photographers dream, the forest, water, vista out to Walter Peak and the wildlife make for a fun day of snapping.
Moke Lake is a locals favourite, especially popular for Queenstown families during New Years. Whilst the town is celebrating in style you’ll find many locals up at Moke Lake getting back to basics. The campsite there is run by the Department of Conservation (DOC). It has 50 unpowered sites by the lake and offers a great place to go fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating, walking and biking.
If you are a Lord of the Rings fan be sure to pop into 12 Mile Delta, where you’ll find the Ithilien Lookout. While you are there explore the walking and bike tracks or try your hand at canyoning, descend and explore by zip line, abseiling waterfalls, slides, plunging into natural pools, floating down narrow passageways and cascading down chutes, all in beautiful natural surroundings.
The night sky in this area is awe-inspiring, there is very little light and noise pollution which making for an ideal location to stargaze and with many outlooks, hills, mountains and vantage points you’re likely to find the perfect viewing platform. You never know, that perfect spot might be in your backyard.
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Before leaving Queenstown stop in for your shopping fix, food provisions and any comforts you need at your accommodation as there are no shops or restaurants in this area outside of full service hotels and lodges. Alternatively Check In can make sure your accommodation is fully stocked and ready for your arrival.
Queenstown is only a 15 minute drive out to Bob’s Cove therefore not far to go if you need to top up. Or take a drive out to Glenorchy, only 30 mins drive, to experience what is on offer in this beautiful place.