Goldfields Cavalcade to Patearoa 22nd – 29th Feb 2020

Entries open 1st October 2019 for OGHT members only. From the 1st of November entries are open for everyone!

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. (Example only, exact details to be confirmed)


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 Hawea on 2nd March.

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!



78 thoughts on “Goldfields Cavalcade to Patearoa 22nd – 29th Feb 2020

  1. Hi terry

    Just wanting to know if anyone knows of anyone from invercargill / winton area that would have a spare spot for my gelding? Ride has unfortunately fallen through and don’t want to miss out. Just wanting to get him a ride there and back as have my friends meeting me there but they are coming from Dunedin. If anyone knows anything would be greatly appreciated can help towards gas 😇. I am doing the heavy wagons trail.
    Many thanks alesha

  2. Hi my name is Melissa Johnson and I rode the Dave Macatamety trail. It was awesome, the loveliest people and the luckiest horses! This was my third cavalcade. I teach the students at Tarras School and on behalf of the Tarras students and staff I would like to say a huge thank you for the generous donations.On day one as we left Tarras we put the hat round 38 riders and raised $217 which is unbelievable THANK YOU all. See you next year, take care.

  3. R.I.P cowboy bill mcmillian u taught me alot i enjoyed going on the calvacade with u and riding dusty and sango, u taught me how to break in a horse, it was fun times
    died monday jan 25th aged 88

  4. Hi I paid for the registration but did not pay for the hoe- down. How do pay for that or can u pay on the night. Thanks Fiona.

  5. hi, is anyone traveling to the kilmog for the light wagon trail on the friday or saturday from the north Canterbury area?
    looking for a ride down and back 🙂 just myself now, not a pony 😉

  6. Is there any chance someone may have a horse I could hire and a trail I could go on as I see most of the trails are full. I have not ridden much but have recently started riding again so I would be looking at riding a bombproof older horse if someone has one available for me. I will be based in Patearoa.

  7. Hi, just wondering if anyone is transporting horses down from Chch?
    Trying to find a ride for one, there and back.
    🙂 jaya Oneill

  8. Hi Terry, are there many places left on Jane Whitmore’s trail?
    I may know someone who could be keen – for their first cavalcade

    • Hi there, I need some info about the different trails, I was told information and registrations would be out via email on the 1st of Nov, so when can we expect to find out and start getting ourselves organised, I have a friend coming over fromAustralia so we need to start making plans ASAP…many thanks Jan Waddell

      Sent from my iPad


  9. Hi there
    Once I have picked a trail who do to get in touch with to join that trail, I have a friend coming from Aussie to do the Cavalcade with me, I’m on the mailing list but need to know how it works once we have picked a trail to go on, we are so looking forward to it…many thanks Jan Waddell

    • Hi Jan – 1st November the official entries open up. At this point more details of the trails will be confirmed including the total cost. You will be able to follow links emailed to you to enter-on-line or download a pdf and post back with a cheque.

      Thanks very much for your interest.

  10. Hi – just wondered if you could put me on the email list or however you communicate – as I would like to join the cavalcade – it will be my first time so I am not sure how to join etc. many thanks Gill

  11. Hi there, I am interested in being added to the email list, always wanted to do a Cavalcade, coming from ChCh – possibly by myself – would love some more info 🙂

  12. I am writing about cavalcade for North & South magazine. Please email me at if you have an interesting or funny story to recount or are interested in being quoted in the article. Particularly interested in hearing from anyone who’s done all or nearly all the cavalcades. Or anyone who has had a life-changing event via cavalcade (marriage for example).

  13. Hi Please add me to the mail list. I am interested in the clover leaf trail. Could you send details about this trail. Where it goes etc. First time to cavalcade, coming from Christchurch. Looking forward to it.

  14. Hi, grateful if you can add me to your mailing list. I’m interested in the clover leaf trail leaving from Wakouaiiti. Would like to know more details on what exact tracks this one covers and any other info. Many thanks.

    • Hello to Keith Spence- as one of the original organisers I am keen to complete a cavalcade before shifting out of the area. Thought David Macs would be a good one. My sister is also keen to come along too. Terry can we have some more info on David’s trail and Jane Whitmores please.

      • Only info at this stage is is on the front page as we have more trail boss meetings and get the official reg forms printed we will keep everybody up-to-date.

        One thing I can say is that Davids numbers will be limited and by the amount of interest so far only OGHT members who get priority will get on his trail.

        Luckily the rest of the trails are all awesome too!

  15. Hi Terry, I thought I was on the mailing list but haven’t received anything yet. Can you detail how long the various trails will be please, and their level of ease or difficulty; plus where they start from. Thanks.

  16. Hi there, im keen to join the cavlecade for 2014 but not sure which trail to take yet. Can you keep me on the emailing list thanks. Id like to start making instalments soon. Cheers Maree.

  17. I have a pair of reasonably well behaved legs. Will they be considered for the Cavalcade in Ranfurly? Unfortunately for you guys, they tend to bring me with them …;-) Greetings from a sunny and hot Wales (1st time in 3 years)

  18. Hi there, I’m keen on the walking trail, first time for me and horse, Starting to get horse fit now. How fit does the horse have to be. Also, are all the horses turned out together at night? Thanks Julie

    • Hi Julie – you and your horse need to be fit enough for a solid 8hr day ride over potentially some quite steep country for the riding trails. The light wagon trail has lots of riders with it also but the days are over easier country due to the wagons. The Heavy wagons have lots of riders with them also, are easier county too and the days are shorter – 4-5hours per day. (But on the Heavy Wagon you must be self contained – no luggage carried for you and no caterers). On the heavy wagons every body brings their own electric fences so the horses are kept separate. On all other trails the horses are all out in the same paddock.

    • A good fit horse that is well behaved in a group, some reasonable fitness yourself, basic’s of camping – sleeping bag, mat, folding chair, plates and cutlery, warm and water proof clothes… all meals are provided, floor space in a woolshed is provided but many folk sleep in their own floats.

      Camp locations (probably 2 of them) will be discussed at a Trail boss meeting next weekend and info will be emailed out after that. I’ll make sure you’re on the email list.

  19. Hi Terry – a lot of us would like to pay instalments but want to see where the trails are first and also check on the length. we thought David Macs trail was to be a 4 day one . Is it really 7 ??? But we really would like to know WHERE!! many thanks if more info is available soon.
    Cheers Suzi Pierce

  20. any idea what the riding trails leaving points are yet? Id like to start installments but also want to know which ride to do based on country I havent covered before, is there any leaving from around Outram side or Naseby kydeburn area? Id rather start paying off a trail in an area Id like to ride thru.

  21. Could I please join your 4 day walking trail as I have just heard of it from Paul Duncan and it seems great

  22. I am very keen to join the 2014 walking trail if you can send me notification please. Have walked most tracks in nz but heard of the calvacade walk recently from a friend Paul Duncan and I am sure I would love to do it

  23. Please add me to your e-mail list,.When can I register.Price of trails.Lived in the N.I. and have done a lot off treking up there. But now live down here..So this will be my first Cavalcade, Now 69.but pretty fit. What would be the best one for me .Thankyou Sian Ps Would start paying now.

  24. I have your book Gold Dust and Saddle Bags. We would live to do the same trip. Can you please let me know where I could get some more information .

    Regards. Janine

  25. Hi Terry, we clicked on the map to find out the details of where to go, and it comes up The United States!! Don’t really want to go there at the moment!

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