Monday, November 21, 2011

Day Walks around Picton

With all that fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful coastline you’ll want to get out of your motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle and explore, and you’ll be glad you came to Picton!

First there are the short walks, nothing too strenuous, just magnificent scenery and an excellent way of getting those muscles warmed up. Then there are the longer day walks, which you might want to try out.

Queen Charlotte Sound
Photo by JShook, Wikimedia Commons

The first walk is Shelley Beach to Bob’s Bay. This short walk from the Victoria Domain track is a ‘walkover’, it’s well signposted; to make it just that little bit longer, start at the ‘Echo’ on the eastern shore of the harbour. This is a popular walk in the summer, bring your swimwear and cool off in the refreshingly clear water, or enjoy a barbeque lunch before walking back.

The Lookout Point. Take Beatty’s Track from the base of the Wharf, near the not so attractive cement works, for a short walk to the Lookout Point for some excellent views of the Queen Charlotte Sounds and the harbour below.

Two walks in one, the Tirohanga Walk has some excellent views of Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Start your walk near the Blue Anchor Motor Camp in Newgate Street, and follow the trail which takes around 45 minutes each way. When you reach the end, you can either return the way you came, or continue on to Essons Valley. If you decide on the Essons Valley route, there are two routes, which start from the end of the Tirohanga Walk, one to the lower Humphries Dam, and the other to upper Barnes Dam. Both these walks take around 40 minutes, so it’s not too difficult to add these on to the Tirohanga Walk, and at the right time of year after dark, glow-worms can be seen along the route.

Waikawa Bay
Photo by Sid Mosdell, Flickr Creative Commons
The next walk, Victoria Domain to the Snout, takes around three and a half hours to complete. From Waikawa Road and Sussex Street take the path to the top of Victoria Domain. From here you have a choice, one direction takes you through native bush all the way to the headland for panoramic views over the Queen Charlotte Sounds at the Snout, or you can take a shorter route down to the Shelley Beach to Bobs Bay track, again this route offers some fantastic views of the sound and the harbour.

Finally, 8km’s from Picton on the other side of Waikawa Bay is a short walk to Karaka Point, a grassy lookout. Along the winding route, you come across the ramparts and pits of a Maori settlement. From the lookout there are two tracks which lead down to the beach, and at low tide you can walk around the point.

There are some lovely scenic day routes which can be enjoyed on a motorhome rental or campervan home holiday from Picton, and if you’re feeling extremely strenuous there’s also the Queen Charlotte Track.

No comments:

Post a Comment