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A nose for a good walk

Victoria domain to lookout point 1.5-2hr return. Domain to ‘The Snout’ 3.5hr return
From Picton head north along Waikawa Road for 1.5km to Sussex St which is a one-way road entering Victoria Domain. Follow the road up to the car parks and information panels
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The Snout, Picton

Of the numerous tracks in the Picton area The Snout walk is easily the most attractive.

Though other trails offer quiet forest and stream ambience, the gentling climbing Snout walk has pre-eminent views as it ascends from the car park in Victoria Domain through regenerating native forest to the viewpoint. The trail is broad and the views magnificent as the eye sweeps over sparkling sea to the densely forested arms of the Sounds where hidden coves reside under every curve of the coast.

Undoubtedly, during the course of your walk, the throbbing diesel engines of the Interislander or a passing barge will intrude into the forest recesses of the ridgetop track, yet they serve not to annoy, but rather to add interest especially if your walk is taken as a tonic to escape the rigours of a long travel day to or from the south.

At the viewpoint, approximately halfway along the track, a picnic table and toilet are provided and, best of all, an excellent view along the length of Queen Charlotte Sound. Weka are sometimes encountered here, snooping about looking for food or trinkets – be wary for they are adept thieves! From the viewpoint the trail drops slowly along the peninsula to arrive at sea level at the north-eastern extremity where further views of the sound and into Waikawa Bay’s hidden holiday homes are obtained.

You need to retrace your steps to return to the domain, but the focus is different as you head back into Picton. Make sure you take ample water on this trail as there are no streams and it can sometimes be very hot.