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Deerford Track to Makiekie Creek

Time: 1.5 hr (3-4 hr full circuit) | Fitness level: moderate-high

Experience the Deerford Track, Short Knights loop and the Makiekie Creek.


From the carpark follow the route (marked with poles) across the farmland to the forest edge, and then continue down to cross Makiekie (Coal) Creek for the first time. Depending on the amount of rain you may end up with wet feet at this crossing. The track then climbs steeply for a short time up onto a river plateau. There is a very short loop track off to the left (Te Ngahere o Tane) which rejoins the main track a few minutes further along. Just past this is a track junction. Take the left track (Knights Track) and after a further 20 minutes walking you will meet Makiekie Creek for the second time. This is a perfect place for a picnic, and a splash around in the creek. 

You can return the same way, or alternatively, take the track just before the creek up a steep climb to join Shorts Track coming down from the tops. Follow this back out to the main junction. Allow 3-4 hours if you are doing the whole circuit.

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Limestone Road end 

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