Starting all around Central and Coastal Otago and finishing in Roxburgh on the 20th February 2016

parade Cromwell 2012For 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)

Remember – OGHT members get priority for the first month. So if you have your heart set on only one trail best you renew your Trust Membership here. Some trails do fill up with members only.

Trail info is up! Online bookings are now open! Click trails below for more info. And make sure you tick the box to the Dinner and Hoedown – Roxburgh are going all-out! It’s gonna be another great Cavalcade and an action packed final day!

Click here to download a PDF of the Different Trail’s and the Registration form.


Walking Trail. Sandra Cain. ‘Onslow Overlanders’.

Walking Trail. Matthew Sole. ‘Knobbies Trail’.

Walking Trail. Steve Clark. ‘Rocky Ranges to Roxburgh’.

Riding Trail. Clover leaf. Jane Whitmore. ‘Boundary Wanderers’.

Riding Trail. Malcolm Oakes. ‘Outram Riders to Roxburgh’.

Riding Trail. David McAtamney. ‘Oamaru Vets – Merino Country’.

Riding Trail. Bill Butler. ‘Gone to Gow’.

Light Wagon Trail. Chris Bayne. ‘Tussock Creek Light Wagons’.

Heavy Wagons. Tony Cumberbeach. ‘The Heavy Wagons’

Cavalcade 2016 Polo

Blue with a black logo… the white edging is my poor attempt at photoshoping the logo on the shirt! The real-life ones will be much tidier!

2016 hat

Here’s a spattering of images from this year to Outram

73 Responses to “Goldfields Cavalcade 2016 to Roxburgh! 13th-20th February.”

  1. melissa johnson Says:

    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.

  2. Stephen Pellett Says:

    Does anyone want to buy a very good walking horse please contact

  3. natasha Says:

    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. Jaya oneill Says:

    Hi there,
    That time of year again!! Is anyone heading from Chch to waikaka with a space for a pony??

  5. Kath Says:

    Hi where do we pay for hoedown tickets for 2016. Thanks

    1. Hi Kath, you will be able to ‘tick a box’ on the cavalcade registration form to include a hoedown ticket. Or they will be available from the Roxburgh Host Town committee closer to the time.

      1. Kath Says:

        Thank you .

  6. Fiona Mcneill Says:

    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.

    1. Hi Fiona – please just pay by internet banking. Thanks very much.

  7. gilly darbey Says:

    I have a new cd of songs written for the cavalcade. Order now on

  8. gilly darbey Says:

    Lovely standie for hire on malcolm oakes trail. Phone 03 447 4077

  9. Fiona Mcneill Says:

    Hi im on Jennie Mclarens wagon as a rider and I would like to pay the registration where do I do this please. Thanks Fiona.

  10. jaya Oneill Says:

    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😉

    1. I’ve just messaged someone who had room last week… will hook you up if they still have room.

  11. Lisa Baines Says:

    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.

    1. Yep – give Dave Williamson a call 0272717222

  12. Jaya Oneill Says:

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

  13. Susan St Clair-Newman Says:

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

    1. Unfortunately no. Jane’s is over full – still spaces available on all other trails though. The light Wagons is a good first timer one – relatively achievable days…

  14. Hi we r all getting organised doing quite a bit of riding,I have a horse available to a rider if theirs has a mishap as can happen just get in touch via facebook.

  15. Lisa O'Neill Says:

    The link on the registration is not working??

      1. Lisa O'Neill Says:

        Never mind it worked today thanks:)

  16. Kay Norman Says:

    Hi there. When are the entry emails due to be sent out?


    1. Jan Waddell Says:

      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


  17. Vivienne Henderson Says:

    Will there be information put up about the different walking options e.g. is one more difficult than the other?

    1. Yup! next week – full info will be out and entries will be open.

  18. Colin MacLaren Says:

    How do we go about booking a trail ?

    1. You will be able to enter on line from the 1st November. If you are a member or have been on one before we will email you with all the details. Otherwise you can become a member here or pay an installment on a trail by scrolling down on our home page to the trail you think you want.

  19. Jan Waddell Says:

    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

    1. 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.

  20. annabelle Says:

    Hi , could you please put me on the mailing list. Keen on on of the 5 day treks for 2014. Cheers Annabelle

  21. Gill Smith Says:

    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

  22. Diane Says:

    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:-)

    1. marion Says:

      Hi, i’m from ChCh to, going on Chris Bayne’s light wagon trail. Always a great experience.

      1. Diane Says:

        Is the light wagon trail a ride that you take your own horses? sorry if dumb question or is it soley a “wagon ride” How do I find out which trail is good for a first timer?

      2. Hi Diane, yep riders are welcome on the Light Wagon Trail as well. Email me for idea’s around best ‘first time trails’.

  23. 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).

  24. Penny Sparrow Says:

    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.

  25. Rachel Says:

    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.

  26. Keith Spence Says:

    Hi, Guys,
    A old wrangler from the frist four cavalcave would like to go the mailing list.
    Thanks Keith Spence

    1. Deirdre Mackenzie Says:

      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.

      1. 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!

  27. Dee Vickers Says:

    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.

    1. Hi Dee – yeh sorry the Trail Boss meeting got postponed due to the crap weather we had around then… it was rescheduled for this coming Sunday so an email will be out Monday!

  28. maree Says:

    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.

  29. 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)

    1. There could be some potential for a space on a trail to Ranfurly Jeremy! Good to hear from you and yes, hope to see you when it is once again hot and sunny down this way. (It’s quite the opposite at the moment of course!)

  30. Julie Says:

    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

    1. 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.

  31. Kelly McLaren Says:

    Please add me to your email list, planning on joining 2014 cavalcade, cheers Kel

  32. Louise Farmer Says:

    I’m interested in the Clover Leaf trail and would like some details of what is required:)

    1. 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.

  33. suzi pierce Says:

    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

    1. There is a meeting 14th July – details will be available after that. I’ll check with David re length…

      1. suzi Pierce Says:

        thanks alot Terry. Happy Organising. Pretty Big JOB!!!!!

  34. jo Says:

    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.

  35. Janet Baddeley Says:

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

  36. Janet Baddeley Says:

    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

  37. Sian Lockley Moore Says:

    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.

  38. Janine brian Says:

    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

  39. Susan Says:

    The finishing day was awesome!!! Luved it!!:):):)

  40. Susan Says:

    Where have the previous cavalcades finished?

  41. apeksha Says:

    when was the first cavelcade

    1. The first ‘modern’ Cavalcade was november 1991. The actual gold rush that this is all based on was back in 1862.

  42. Kimba Says:

    Please ad me 2 mail list, i am planing my first calvacade … Yeha

  43. Bev Dobson Says:

    hello to Rosie Gane and Alan Dobson,hope you are having an awsome time.

  44. jock frew Says:

    to jane whitmore and friends
    all the best for the week
    yours john jack brent logan
    the middlemarch cooks

  45. Michelle Farmer Says:

    Hi there, I am looking for a ride from Tapanui to Dunedin on the Saturday afternoon. Can anyone help me? Michelle

  46. Carmen Hodge Says:

    What colours and designs are the shirts/caps this year?? – I can’t see it anywhere on the registration/info.

  47. Sherrill Carswell Says:

    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!

    1. Ah, yeh, that’s weird. Will try to deactivate that function!

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