Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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The Snout

Picton, Marlborough

Submitted by James Crockett

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 45 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush



Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%


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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.

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

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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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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.

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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Trail Reviews

Very awesome little track! Did after the ferry while my better half slept, so good! Nice and hilly, but no stairs! Great native Bush, amazing views and really good track condition. Very cool run and great way to kick off S.I. Trip!!

Dave Franks

January 2, 2021

Very scenic trail and very convenient to our accommodation at the top 10 campground. We took lunch and had it at the very tip where we found a small concealed trail to the left of the tall white pole. (Someone has hand written ‘track’ with an arrow on the pole). Brand new rope has been installed to help you get down to the waters edge. There you can sit on the rocks and watch the boats go by. On the way back we chose to go down some of the shared mtb/walk trails as it was very quiet. Although those trails were fun to run down it was not quite as scenic as keeping to the walking trail we came down on. Finishing the trail takes you straight back into town where you can relax with food and drinks👌

Tracy Elley

December 5, 2020

Loved it, very runnable with a few short uphill grunts and plenty of gaps in the forest with stunning views. Easy navigation... just follow your nose!

Steve Magness

February 9, 2020

Nice little run, lots of up and down, mostly fairly well shaded on a hot day, with the bonus of a swim in the sea halfway through or at the end! Great to get the legs moving after sitting on the ferry...

Katie Smith

February 3, 2019

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