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The Snout, Marlborough

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The SnoutBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by James Crockett

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



As at 3 July 2021 the Lower Bob's Bay Track is closed, you have to head up on the Upper Bob's Bay Track instead

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From the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, head north along Lower Bobs Bay Track for about 1-1.5km where you get to a junction in the trail, dont go down to Bobs bay, take the trail that climbs up towards an access road. When you hit the road, continue left along the road about 1km and you will see the track sign at the end where the road loops down and to the right. From here the trail climbs steeply up until you get to a lookout point with a bench, then drops steeply to the end of the Snout (the halfway point in the out and back). From here just follow the trail back - but you have a couple of options to get back to the car park!

You can follow the exact way you came - down the trail to the beach - but on this one (as its from an organised event) the track follows the road along the ridge-line until it hits a big water tank and drops steeply down some sweet technical switchbacks to the start point, and then back over the bridge to the car park.

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Features of interest

Keep an eye out for sunbathing seals at the end on the trail!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 70%

Easy Single Track: 15%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    From Waikawa Road, heading through Picton towards Waiakawa Bay, turn left on to Wellington Street and there is a big car park on the right.
    Walk (or run) the bridge over the Marina and head left around the beach - past the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club and you are one the trail.

    Plenty of parking at the main park on Wellington Street - or there is another almost opposite - in between Wellington Street and High Street.
    You will need cash for parking - but its very reasonable - $5/day! - and from here you are near the cafes/pubs for the post run beverages.

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  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    The only places to worry about are: The junction to Bobs Bay - but its no biggy if you take the wrong one - its only going to add a few minutes to your run as you hit the coast really quickly and will know to just backtrack and take the other route!

    And finding the trail again after the short road section, its well signed at this point though but just don't follow the road when it sweeps down and to the right - you will end up in Waikawa Bay (which isn't a bad thing to be fair - just not ideal for this route)

    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is water available from the car park and toilets here also. None along the way though - I usually take a handheld with me.

    Can be windy on the ridges, but the track is really well maintained!
    Heavy rain would not be ideal tho I would imagine it could get pretty mucky!

    Look out for cars on the road - and there are also mountain bike tracks in the area so be on the lookout for the odd cyclist.

  • Post run indulgence

    Le Cafe
    12-14 London Quey, Picton
    Great little place with good beers and close to the trail. A 2 min walk. Also nice outdoor seating to watch the boats come in!

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