The trail between Waitahuna and Milton is gently undulating and partially follows the old railway line through rolling green countrywide and woodlands. There are two tunnels and a viaduct to explore along the way so remember a torch for the tunnels and ring your bell to let people in the dark know you’re approaching! Mount Stuart Reserve, about halfway along this section, is an idyllic spot for a picnic with plenty of shade in the summer.
There are no services between Milton and Waitahuna so remember to fuel up with coffee and snacks in either Milton or Waitahuna before you depart. Cell phone coverage is also limited in places.
Caution: the trail crosses the main road (SH8) several times and there are some short sections where the trail shares public gravel roads, so be aware of traffic and normal road rules apply.