From the end of the road the trail went on an old logging road which is now a popular mountain bike track. I had actually been on this track for the Army MTB champs several years ago, on a borrowed mountain bike that the gears were slipping and the brakes the old V Brakes which are hard to get used to after having used disc brakes for a while. I think this was a set up from the Linton team to stop my Southern Team taking out the competition. There were a few steams but I was able to rock hop all of them keeping my feet dry At the last one I filled my water bottles ready for camping.
I was a little unsure here as the notes say daylight access only but I was not sure which part of the track this restriction applied to. The first part was forestry, then DOC land, then private farmland and then DOC again. I figured the restriction wouldn't apply to the DOC land so I figured I would camp once across the boundary.
I continued on a few km and set up camp near the boundary, but I couldn't resist my favourite camping location under pine trees so I was not quite across the boundary. It was the magic toadstool that weakened my resolve. Who could resist camping next to this beautiful toadstool.