Walking up Mount Vic

Hello! This week’s TBT, is actually just from this weekend! However, I have done this walk many times over the past few years. Most often with Rory, and in fact, he proposed to me during a picnic we were having up on Mt Vic, so it’s very special to me!

Last Sunday was sunny all day which is a miracle. So I finally decided to do the walk again (I haven’t done it since last December), and this time to take lots of photos as I did.

I put in my music and good walking shoes, and I headed out. We already live on a hill as you can see, but the street leading up to the Mount Victoria walkway is super steep.

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I decided to stop for a selfie at the sign which shows you’ve literally just started the walk. I couldn’t see if it was good as it was super bright, but looking back at them all, this was the best one I took.

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So, this is one minute in. The slope starts off nice and easy, and you already get a lovely view of the city.

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As you continue walking the path, you get surrounded by more and more trees and general nature. It’s nice to have this area literally a few minutes walk from the middle of town.

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The only downfall of this walk, was that it had rained decently yesterday, so parts of the walk were super muddy.

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But I carried on enjoying my uphill walk. Some parts were steep, but for the most part, it’s quite a nice gentle uphill climb. Lots of trees and sunshine around.

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I love how crazy these trees look. So many random tiny branches coming out, along with really thick ones.

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Looking up, you might forget that you’re pretty much in town, but lost in a forest (which you kind of are).

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So I didn’t do the usual walk I do with Rory. I wandered up a different path and found myself at another entrance to the summit of Mt Vic. I still don’t know how I did that, but I carried on regardless. This entrance means you get to climb a short, but super steep hill to reach the carpark area.

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I made it up with some effort (take that hill!!), and started getting snap happy.

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Once you’re past the carpark, you have a few flights of stairs to climb before reaching the official lookout point. Halfway up, there is an old antique cannon that people often pose with.

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I made it to the top and took in the sights. It never gets old, and it’s amazing on a day like this. It was pretty crowded up there for a Sunday morning, but that was to be expected. Everyone maneuvered around each other to take pictures.

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Wellington Harbour

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Wellington and the outer suburbs from town
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Do a 180 and you see the Eastern Suburbs, on a clear day, sometimes you can see all the way to the South Island
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I tried my best to co-ordinate a selfie

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After a while, I decided to walk back down. This time I wanted to go my usual route. I stopped for one final blinding photo of the other side of the Harbour.

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Then I started the walk down.

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On this track down, you can peek through the trees and see the city below.

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I love the little areas where the trees suddenly reveal parts of the city. It makes a good natural frame.

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These paths are incredibly popular and very well tracked. You can find joggers, runners, tourists, and people walking it every single day.

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Another nice spot to stop and admire the city.

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As you get nearer to the beginning of the track again, you can spot familiar sights you saw up on the summit looking closer.

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Another reason I wanted to walk this way, is that I could show you our picnic spot, which also became the spot of the proposal. If you look straight ahead, to that hill in the back, where a big tree is sitting, that’s where we had our picnic. We had a nice view overlooking the city, and we didn’t have to drag our picnic basket all the way to the top. I can still remember that day so clearly (well actually I don’t remember the picnic too much, mostly just the proposal XD ).

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This was around a 10 minute walk from the beginning again. I was really enjoying myself and even found myself running a little as I got closer to the end. Running downhill is so much fun. I will definitely do this again another sunny day!

This walk took me around 45 minutes, it took around 25 minutes to get up, 10 minutes of wandering around for pictures at the top, then 10 minutes to get down. I’d love to see if I can improve that. I probably could, since I don’t plan to constantly stop for photos next time XD

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I have always loved doing this track, I didn’t do it much this past summer, but I hope to get back into it. Maybe I’ll even try running it with Rory sometime.

Do you have any favourite haunts close to your home? I’d love to hear about them πŸ™‚

Ooh, also I want to say thank you guys for all the kind words you’ve left me on my video I made for reaching 700 followers! You are all too sweet, and I love the support and encouragement! I mean, this goes for all my posts really, but the video was something new and exciting, and I’m glad you’re all enjoying watching it as I had lots of fun making it πŸ™‚

Angela.

32 comments
  1. Hi Angela, loving the photography, but
    noticed you aren’t naming/ labeling your images.

    The first thing I tell all my photography students is name
    your pictures. Especially if you are uploading them online.
    You can never find a picture named 1938w67282.jpg especially
    in a large picture batch, & readers wont be able to find the images
    in an online search. Naming them Mount Vic Walk (number) will
    help in the long run & get your posts more views as people discover
    the images from image searches. (When we started our blog about
    80% of our traffic was just from Google Image searches alone)
    Hope this little tip helps. (also reducing image size frees up space
    on your blog for more posts & more images) We stick to 72 dpi. max

    All the best from Miami & keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks for the tips. I never really thought about naming the images cause it doesn’t bother me. But this is another way of developing my blog and gaining more traffic. Thank you again πŸ™‚

  2. I hope to go on a hike over the summer

    1. They’re very nice and relaxing πŸ™‚

      1. And quite spiritual

  3. You’ve posted a video? I keep missing stuff! This time difference is unsettling. I have to orientate myself all over again. I must say your boy picked a beauteous spot for the proposal. Running up that hill looks like it would be quite the challenge πŸ˜‰ The views though would be your reward.

    1. It was a bonus video before my Focus one. In celebration of my blog reaching 700 followers πŸ˜€
      It is indeed a lovely spot, I love running downhill, but uphill is another matter πŸ™‚

      1. I just finished watching it and it was fun! You are cute πŸ˜€ Vlogger now eh? Well you did a bang-up job with the first! Congratulations on the 700 mark, my girl xx

        1. Haha, thank you so much Arundhati! I’m loving blogging so much, but I’m just beginning to dip my toe into vlogging πŸ™‚
          I’m quite liking it πŸ˜€

          1. Well you have had a lovely start so you are golden xx

  4. Wow, now a view like that would make me get out and walk more! The trail, the trees and the sweeping scenery look beautiful, though I’d definitely prefer that little run down the hill than the trek up it! πŸ™‚
    Caz x

    1. This trek isn’t too steep so it isn’t too bad. The view is definitely worth it! πŸ˜€

  5. Romantic date + plus a workout?! Can we get something like that in MTL? :p gorgeous pictures, I loved reading this!

    1. Haha, thanks Melissa! It’s also just minutes away from our flat, so we try to go there often if the weather is nice πŸ™‚

  6. Its such a lovely place. It looks so peaceful. Superbly documented. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much! It’s actually quite a busy touristy spot XD
      But I managed to maneuver around the tourists and get some nice photos πŸ™‚

  7. Love all the pics!! Great post 😊 xx

    1. Thanks Amelia πŸ™‚

      1. It’s alright 😁 xx

  8. Amazing post Ang! And the view is pretty great! I’m obviously a big fan of these ‘come with me’ posts! πŸ€—β˜ΊοΈ

    1. Thanks Linda!! This is one of my favourite walking spots, and I really wanted to share it with all you guys πŸ™‚

  9. What a beautiful view! Kind of jealous of the nature too, on the peaks here we just have pine trees and they don’t make the view as pretty as this. x

    1. Thanks Lise, It is definitely a gorgeous view πŸ™‚

  10. The view looks great!!! What a lovely proposal spot too! πŸ˜€

    1. It’s definitely gorgeous! Haha, and yes Rory picked a nice spot πŸ™‚

  11. I tagged you for the blue sky tag ! πŸ™‚

    1. Aw thank you, I’ll have a look!

  12. Really beautiful photos

    1. Thank you Mariam πŸ™‚

  13. oh wow!!! What a beautiful view of the water and city! I also love the nature photos too, it’s always so pretty capturing the essence of nature! I remember you mentioning that New Zealand was hilly, that caught me by surprise! Although hills are total pain (but great work out) climbing them makes it so worthwhile when you get to admire the view from above! Great photos girlie!!!

    xo, JJ

    1. New Zealand is pretty hilly in general, but Wellington is one of the major hilly cities. You turn around and there’s another hill πŸ˜‚
      This track is one of my favourites though, as most of the hills are on a gentle slope so you’re no exhausted when you reach the top for the view πŸ˜€
      Thanks Jenny! πŸ™‚

  14. […] Mount Victoria View. This was posted on June 12. We were having a nice run with the weather. It was sunny and cool, so it was the perfect day to take the track up to the top of Mt Vic and enjoy the view. I posted more photos onΒ Walking up Mount Vic. […]

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