Time: 3 hours (one-way)
Distance: 4.8 km
The Sands Road Loop also starts from the public car park. After crossing the road bridge over the river, a 500 metre walk along the road towards Ngunguru leads to a right turn into Sands Road.
The first part of the road is unsurfaced, but is maintained for walkers. The road leads to Clapham Road, and you can reach A H Reed Memorial Kauri Park and the Hātea River Walkway along the track.
Safety: This walk includes a short stretch of road walking. Sands Road can get muddy during wet weather.