Starting back in 1991 the Cavalcade was brought about to re-enact the Gold Rush era where every able bodied man left their jobs and headed for the hills in search of gold. The trails back in 1862 were basic if at all. Accommodations were an over-hanging rock or a canvas tarp and food was damper and boiled mutton if you were lucky.
These days our focus is on that wilderness environment with the most basic of transport (foot, horse or bike) and accommodation (tents, woolshed or community hall floor space) but we have up’d the anti on the food quite a few notches!
Click here and check out all the trails heading into Patearoa. (This is pretty close, certainly a good representation of where you’re going – can change slightly right up until the morning you ride out!)
There are 12 trails this year – 5 horse-riding, 2 Wagon, 3 foot and 2 cycling trails. All trails start from different places and end in a Grand Parade, markets and entertainment at Patearoa on the 29th February.
Entries open for members October 1. Non members from November 1. Book your time off work and clear all other commitments now!
For galleries of photos from the previous Cavalcades click here. To get an insight into one of the walking trails see the youtube clip here (Click)
If you cant make it onto a trail you should still get to Patearoa for the grand parade and days entertainments – always great fun and well worth while!
What use is the Cavalcade you may ask? Well quite apart from the ENORMOUS social, cultural, and spiritual benefits it brings to the participants… the Cavalcade injects significant funding annually into small rural communities and in particular small rural clubs and groups! See the 2019 economic impact report of the Cavalcade into Hawea here.