Get ready for a fun track with little elevation gain, numerous roots, tricky creek crossings, and narrow sections through manuka forest. Sidewinder is usually traveled east-west as it takes more effort to go west-east.
The start of the trail is signposted a short distance up Kaka Track
from there it twists and turns through beech forest, dips through a small creek, and emerges in grassy clearings. More manuka forest leads to more rooty beech forest and a couple of creek crossings.
Soon after passing the exit to Flying Moa Track
, the track descends steeply through manukas and emerges on grassy flats. A sign here points the way left to the mid-point of Rattler Rim Trail
. Sidewinder Trail continues straight ahead across the grass punctuated with small matagouri scrub. The trail ends at Jasmine Road
. Turn right up the road to access the Big Bush Track
, or left then right onto Teetotal Road to reach the west end of Rattler Rim Trail