Sandra Cain – Walking Trail

Silver boots on the Dunstan!

Ida Valley to Patearoa

Online registrations for this trail are now closed because it is close to being over-subscribed. If you would like to get on this trail please contact the office 03 4450 111.

Trail Boss: Sandra Cain. 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.

$420 for current OGHT financial members. $450 for non members.

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain –  By 3pm Tuesday 25th February 2020

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, 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 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.

This year we will experience some of the most stunning scenery in this part Central Otago with its dramatic rock formations, tussock tops and sweeping views of the surrounding valleys. Poolburn Dam is a beautiful area with its many quaint buildings many of which remind us of those original kiwi batches that New Zealand is known for.

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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.

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? 

Wednesday 26th Feb. In the morning we walk along the flats and onto the Old Dunstan Trail with its spectacular views over the Ida Valley we will follow the trail until we reach our destination at the Poolburn Dam where we will camp for the night.

On Thursday we cross the dam and continue on the Dunstan Trail. From the tussock tops we will have awesome views over the Maniototo Plain. We descend to the valley floor and make our way to our woolshed at The Bend for the night.

Friday. Leaving the Bend we make our way along the rock clad foot hills into Patearoa.

We will be transported to our accommodation for the night at Puketoi woolshed.

Saturday morning we return to Patearoa for the parade at noon.

Our trail as always is about the country side and our walkers. It will be a fun trip through an amazing landscape with a group of wonderful people.

A high standard of tramping fitness is required, as most days involve 6-7 hours walking over varied terrain. Our backup team will transport your gear, but walkers will need to carry a daypack containing personal effects. Caterers will provide our meals and accommodation will be in Woolsheds and a Marquee.

A safe parking area is available for those wishing to leave their cars at Patearoa. Transport will be available on Tuesday afternoon to take you to the our woolshed in the Ida Valley where our trail begins.

A news letter will be sent out in late January.

This is a non smoking trail.

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

For trail specific questions contact the trail boss – Sandra Cain 0276903075 

For general Cavalcade questions please contact the office 03 4450111 or