The Garston Gutbusters


Click here to enter the 2019 Cavalcade to Hawea!

Trail Boss: Roger Leslie. 5 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Trail Runners and fast hikers welcome. Head out by 7.30am, typically in by 4pm. 30-40km per day mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks, single tracks, sheep tracks…

$700 per runner ($30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.)

This is not a race! This is a recreational multi-day trail run/tramp.

Entries open 1st October for OGHT members and 1st November for general riff-raff.

When do I need to be where? Hawea Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 3pm Monday 25th February 2019

How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, some days have climbing of 500-700m, some sections of down hill are a wee bit technical. This is more about a fun experience than an actual gut-buster but you will have some amazing and in places quite challenging running/hiking.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, a winery and brewery tour maybe? One night tenting in the mountains, FANTASTIC FOOD, fun leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor nutters! Really bloody hot temperatures! 30 degrees plus. Freezing cold temperatures! -5 degrees maybe colder with the wind chill factor – You can get all sorts of weather in these Central Otago Mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.

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What do I need to bring?   Various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/merino mid weight tops, a warm pair of gloves, warm hat and/or Buff, SEAM SEALED water proof jacket. Toiletries. Couple of changes of undies. Your own plate/cutlery/mug. Sleeping bag and mat. Tent- Tent’s will be required on nights 3 and 5. so that the back-up crew don’t need to carry too many tents we will be encouraging sharing! So if you are coming with a friend one between two or three will be fine. If you are stuck we can source an extra tent or two. One large pack per person and your sleeping matt/bag will be transferred for you each day. You will need to run with a decent day-pack that can carry 1L of water, snacks, jacket, emergency blanket…

Oh and don’t forget your dress-ups for the parade! Items of ‘period’ costume to be brought and left in your car to be changed into before the grand parade 12pm on the Saturday. (We have a box of dress-ups that might work for some of ya)


Where are we going?

Monday 25th. Meet at the finish point, Hawea Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself and gear on the bus for the 2.5hr drive around to the start at Garston. Monday is travel, meet and greet…

Tuesday 26th . Start with a good climb up the Nevis Valley Road to the old Ski Hut, right onto Welcome Rock trails – a fantastic single track following old water races – beautiful running, relatively flat, then meet back up with the Nevis Valley Road and a long gentle down hill all the way to Ben Nevis Station. About 50km. Only a couple of hills.

Wednesday 27th . From Ben Nevis Station a good honest gradient towards Watts Rock. Along the top and down through Carrick Town. Through the Bannockburn Sluicings, maybe a wee wine tasting? Staying at the Bannockburn Hall. Lots of great Goldmining heritage stuff to see. 40ish km

Thursday 28th . Starting with some single track around Lake Dunstan we head in to Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct before more single track then a long stead climb up Mt Michael. Camping in the mountains tonight. 35-40kmish?

Friday. Today is an absolute beauty! Some good undulations as we climb to the top of Mt Pisa before a 20km decent into Luggate for our nights camp by the river. 40k

Saturday. Check out some local river trails en route to our nights accommodation at Hawea Domain. We need to be in Hawea by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party! 20k

Questions? Or call the office 03 445 0111