18 November 2017

New Zealand Travel Diary: Hiking in Picton



THE ROAD GOES EVER ON AND ON, DOWN FROM THE DOOR WHERE IT BEGAN...
 NOW FAR AHEAD THE ROAD HAS GONE, AND I MUST FOLLOW, IF I CAN. 
 J.R.R TOLKIEN 




 As I type this, we have just hit the 1 month travelling mark. 1 month since we packed our bags and took off, leaving our jobs, family and friends behind. Everywhere we have been so far has been interesting in it's own way, but New Zealand has stolen our hearts. Almost 3 weeks we have spent here, and we still haven't become bored of walking among this awe-inspiring scenery. 

Picton in particular is visually stunning. On our second full day in this town, Summer & I were ready for another physical expedition. It had been almost 2 weeks since our near death experience completing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and we had become restless. Our legs were aching to do some serious exploring. We had just had 3 relatively quiet days in Wellington, and although our bodies appreciated the rest, our minds were begging for something stimulating to do. The beautiful sunny day was a clear sign for us to head out and do some proper hiking again. Needless to say, I am very, very happy we decided to stop off a couple of extra days here. The hike gave us the opportunity to see some truly beautiful views.

We kept stopping through-out the day and looking at each-other, huge grins etched on our faces as we were unable to process what we were experiencing. The mountains which border the edge of the city go on an on into the distance, the bright green of the hills and trees are a strong contrast to the deep blue of the sea. So much nature in it's most beautiful form: untouched by man.


The Snout Track is classed as a Moderate track: at 2 different points the track became a bit tiring: steps upon steps upon steps, and long steep climbs, but ultimately it wasn't too difficult. This was probably the first hike we did that we really, really enjoyed. The sun was shining the whole way through, and the views were out of this world. It takes about 4 hours to complete: 2 hours there, and 2 hours back. Of course we ended up spending extra time at each viewing platform just taking in the view, which meant we completed the track in about 5 - 5.5 hours.


We would highly recommend staying a couple of nights in Picton for the scenery alone. If the weather permits, you should absolutely do some of the trails. There are others which aren't as long or difficult as this one, and then there's the Queen Charlotte Trail which takes 3-5 days to complete! It's definitely a town for those who enjoy doing outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, sailing to name a few).


I hope you enjoy these photos - I believe they are some of the best landscape ones we have ever taken, and I'm very proud of them. I'm glad we can look back on this post and see once more the beautiful scenery of Picton. It truly is like nothing I have ever seen before, and I will miss it. I will miss breathing in the clean, fresh air, and watching the boats sail back and forth from the harbour. I will miss hearing the gentle waves crash into the cliffs below, and the feel of the soft green grass on my fingertips. Thankyou Picton!

Holly x
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