Hikers of all skill levels – from the experienced to the novice – will enjoy the Victoria Domain trails. The 500 acres of forested land runs parallel to the harbor and provides elevated views of the foliage, seascape and several bays. The footpaths begin at Shelley Beach and extend to The Snout, a long finger defined by Queen Charlotte Sound and Waikawa Bay. Walking the full distance round trip requires a 3.5 hour commitment. This protected reserve was named in 1887 in honor of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the monarch of the United Kingdom for 63 years. Serious hikers may wish to consider the Queen Charlotte Track, a 44 mile ridgeline pathway between Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound.