The Manuherekia Cranksters

Mark Horrocks

Registration opens 1st October.

Trail Boss: Mark Horrocks. 5 Days. Fully Catered and supported. MTB and Eco-Bikes welcome. Ride out by 8.30am, typically in by 3.30pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.


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

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 2pm 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 riding. Eco Bikes welcome. Most days will have additional options for anyone who wants to ride a bit further.

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, capable 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.

omarama saddle

Blue Lake

behind naseby

What do I need to bring? A bike! (We can source rentals if required), spare tubes/repair kit… Helmet, gloves – cycle gloves and a warm pair of gloves. Warm hat or Buff that can be worn under your helmet, various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/Merino mid weight tops, 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 at the host town 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 ride 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.

Where are we going?

TBC) but loosley – Omarama, Mt St Bathans, St Bathans, Mt Ida Water Race, Naseby, Orangapai – Patearoa.

Meet Monday 24th at the finish point, Patearoa Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself, bike and gear on the bus for the 3hr drive around to the start at Omarama. Monday is travel, meet and greet… (we can organise collection in Cromwell if you are flying into Queenstown)

Saturday 29th Feb. en route to our nights accommodation at Patearoa Domain. We need to be in Patearoa by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss –

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser Or call the office 03 445 0111