A well-kept secret in wild Tasman

While Tasman is famous for its white beaches and hot weather, there’s a gem not far off the coast that most travellers oversee – the glacial Cobb Valley in Kahurangi National Park.

Join me for a night in Fenella Hut and for…

  • Vast views over Kahurangi National Park.
  • An abundance of wildlife and native bush.
  • A cosy hut with stargazing opportunities.
  • Hidden mountain tarns to swim in.
  • Excellent company and local knowledge.

The Cobb Valley track leads past open meadows, ancient beech groves and historic huts to the rocky tops of the ridge, with dramatic scenery all around. It’s a top-five rated route for keen, local trampers.

The trip features mostly flat terrain apart from a steep climb to the top of the valley, which makes it perfect for families and beginners who want to experience the backcountry life. However, if you’re up for a more challenging trip, we can continue to the nearby Kakapo Peak which offers panoramic views over the National Park. Cobb Valley has something for everyone!

Keep an eye out for cheeky weka, kea, bellbirds and trilobite fossils found in the area – the oldest known fossils in New Zealand.

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Kakapo Creek

If you’re up for a challenge, we can climb Kakapo Peak at 1,783m once we’ve reached Fenella Hut. You’re in for epic views over Kahurangi National Park, a good workout and we definitely deserve a drink and swim afterwards!

Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.

Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.

Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.

Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

Summary
Cobb Valley Guided Tour

Cobb Valley Exploration

Drew Parkinson Bushman Tours Profile Image Hiking with Drew

Duration

2 days
1 night

Distance

26km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1100m

Difficulty

Charities

Nelson & Tasman
Who's taking me on this adventure?

Drew

As a born and bred West Coaster, the bush is in my blood! I love showing off my beautiful Kāinga Tupu (homeland) and all it has to offer. I'm always exploring new places with my best mate Skadi, the white shepherd. My love for exploring the great outdoors is what drove me to leave my hectic day job and create a life that allowed me to get outside more. I'm a big fan of essential living, enjoying the simple things and staying away from material goods; you can get the benefits from all that out in the bush. If you hike with me, we'll visit some spots literally off the beaten track. The beaches on my Instagram are a prime example. I look forward to showing you the Coast!

Experience

  • Knows the Coast and the "Coasters" like the back of his hand.
  • Good knowledge of survival manuals and outdoor techniques.
  • Has a “pretty mean beard”.
  • Has lived abroad for 17 years.
  • Basic First Aid Certificate.
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Gear

All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!

Required

  • Cutlery, Bowl and Cup

    Cutlery, bowl & cup

  • Hiking Boots

    Hiking Boots

  • Hiking Pack

    Hiking Pack

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Knife

    Knife

  • Lighter and Matches

    Lighter / Matches

  • Pack Cover

    Pack Cover / Liner

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Sleeping bag

    Sleeping Bag

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Toiletries and Underwear

    Toiletries & Underwear

  • Top and Bottom Layer

    Top & Bottom Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Warm Hiking Layer

    Warm hiking layer

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Bivvy Bag

    Bivvy Bag

  • Gas Cooker

    Cooker & gas/fuel

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

Extras

There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Climb up Kakapo Peak

    If you’re up for a challenge, we can climb Kakapo Peak at 1,783m once we’ve reached Fenella Hut. You’re in for epic views over Kahurangi National Park, a good workout and we will definitely deserve a drink and swim afterwards!

    Free

Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • Is this a good track for children?

    Yes, Cobb Valley is quite popular with families and Fenella Hut is a great trip to introduce your kids to overnight hikes. There is much to explore around the hut, including wildlife and lookouts over the surrounding ranges, so they will be entertained the whole time.

  • Can I swim in the tarn?

    You can, but the water is ice cold even in summer. If you’re up for it, don’t forget your togs, a towel and some warm clothes to put on afterwards.

  • What's the accommodation like?

    We’ll spend the night in Fenella Hut, a traditional backcountry hut serviced by DOC. There are basic facilities like a water tank, drop toilet, kitchen area, indoors woodfire and 12 bunk beds. On weekends, it can get busy but that makes for good chats around the fire.

    We can also camp out if you prefer some privacy, in that case you’ll need to bring a tent or hire one from us.

FAQs

Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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