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Asbestos Cobb Loop, Tasman

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Asbestos Cobb LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Mike McManaway

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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A lovely trail past the Asbestos cottage then looping back along Cobb ridge with good views looking down onto the Cobb Reservoir. Trail follows an old asbestos mine access road until bypassing slips and steepening up. At the 7.5k mark take a sharp turn right towards Peat Flat. Near ridge top don't miss another sharp turn right traversing along Cobb Ridge. After more beautiful running trail pops out onto the main Cobb Road in front of the info kiosk/toilet. Then a gentle (if somewhat boring) 7k downhill on gravel road back to Asbestos corner.

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Features of interest

Asbestos Cottage was built by prospectors looking for asbestos in the area. As well as being a relic of early interest in asbestos mining, Asbestos Hut is associated with Annie Fox and Henry Chaffey who lived in the hut for nearly 40 years. Read more about Henry and Annie Chaffey (external site) on the Te Ara website. The cottage is set in a grassy bush clearing with views over the valley towards Takaka. Some of the plants and flowers Henry and Annie planted in their garden remain, including currants, gooseberries, hellebores and daffodils. Bunks have been set up in the tiny bedroom and the hut is available as accommodation for trampers. Remedial work was completed in 1997. The hut will be maintained to protect its historic fabric and minimise deterioration. A conservation plan and specifications have been prepared to guide its management.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Gravel Road: 30%

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  • Access

    Take the sealed road from Upper Takaka to Cobb Power House (4wd may be needed in winter).
    Then continue 2 km up the gravel road and park at Asbestos corner.

    No problem parking on the grass curb at Asbestos corner.

    40 km

    49 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Don't miss 3 sharp turn rights. Otherwise navigation is easy.

    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Good drinking water most of the way.

    Access road can be icy in winter- consider a 4wd.

  • Post run indulgence

    Wholemeal Cafe
    Good coffee.

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