You will need about 3-4 hours for the whole circuit.
From the carpark follow the poled route across the farmland to the forest edge and 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 meet Makiekie Creek for the second time.
This is an ideal spot for a picnic and a paddle. Return the same way or 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.