Darla LeFleming – Walking Trail

Salmon is the new Gold!

Clay Cliffs to Twizel

clay cliffs

Trail Boss: Darla LeFleming. 4 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Reasonably fit walkers and trampers welcome. Head out by 8am, typically in by late afternoon. Good days walking mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks and sheep tracks.

50 people max. $475

When do I need to be where? Twizel –  By 3pm Tuesday 2nd March 2021

How hard will the days be? Between 15-25km per day, some days have some good honest climbs. You only have to carry a day pack. Your big pack and bedding it transferred for you. A reasonable level of fitness is required!

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, a very experienced and fun team of leaders, a great bunch of other like minded outdoor enthusiasts! Really  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 the McKenzie country. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time. 

From Twizel we are bussed to our first woolshed accommodation. Tarps are provided to put down for sleeping arrangements in the covered yards and catching pens. Some bring tents, but please be aware, only one bag per person as weight can be an issue for our back up guys. 

canal into twizel

What do I need to bring? 

Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat
Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves
Hot weather gear e.g shorts & T shirt
Gaiters are a good idea to keep rubbish & rain out of boots
Towel & toilet articles
Sleeping bag & mat/stretcher
Sunscreen & insect repellent
Personal items and a roll of loo paper
Small first aid kit for yourself
Camera & torch
Your own mug, plates, cutlery & tea towel–unless stated otherwise
Water bottle
Personal medications
Money for the bar and Host Town
Baby wipes are handy when hand washing difficult
Small ground cover to put down in yards to put your gear on
Folding chair/stool.

And don’t forget your period clothing related to the 1800’s era of Gold panning or Salmon fishing. This is optional, but adds to the fun in the parade at the end of our trail, so come and be involved. Victorian dress or any related outfit to suit the era, and area, we are in.

Where are we going? 

Wednesday 3rd March. Our first day is our biggest, leaving from the Clay Cliffs area near Omarama. We will be stretching the legs, so you will need to have fitness at a level to walk at least 25kms in a day with ease! This is for your own enjoyment and stressed bodies don’t create fun!

Thursday (approx. 16.5km) sees us exploring an interesting Conservation area, then a surprise pre dinner speaker – nibbles (provided) and drinks (BYO) at the end of our day.

Friday (approx. 20km) we have an interesting climb that provides a stunning 360 degree view of this beautiful area. We lunch down by the lake to take advantage of a possible rowing regatta (Covid permitting) plus a much needed swim!

We have a wonderful fun night of music at our last wool shed, so be prepared to dance the night away.

Saturdays final walk into Twizel (approx. 10km) where we will dress into clothing related to the 1800’s era of Gold panning or Salmon fishing. This is optional, but adds to the fun at the end of our trail, so come and be involved. Victorian dress or any related outfit to suit the era, and area, we are in.

Fitness – Please ensure you are in tip top racing order for the amount of walking required. We do have our support vehicles with us for part of the trail for pickups if necessary, but they are unable to be there all the time with the terrain.

Stay on after the parade to support the host town with Stalls during the day, and hoedown with dinner on the Saturday evening. This gives a wonderful social end to our walk.

Once registrations are completed with the Otago Gold Fields Heritage Trust a newsletter will be sent out in late January or early Feb with the relevant gear list and information for meeting in Twizel. There will be communication in regards to any changes with Covid19 sent to you by the Trust office.   WE DO HAVE A LIMIT OF 60 SO BE IN QUICK!!

So! Register, get yourself fit and come and join us, we look forward to your company.

For trail specific questions contact the trail boss – Darla Le Fleming

Phone: 0272780263       Email: leflemingdarla@gmail.com  

For general Cavalcade questions please contact the office 03 4450111 or terry@cavalcade.co.nz