Darla LeFleming – Walking Trail

Fruits of the Past and Present!

Liethen Bush (Beyond Moa Flat) to Millers Flat

Trail Boss: Darla LeFleming. 4 days total – 2.5 full days walking this year, plus 1 part day into the host town Saturday morning.  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.

60 people max. Approximately $545 (plus a wee bit extra for transport, trying to keep this cheap so TBC)

When do I need to be where? Millers Flat by 1.30pm for registration – address will be supplied for secure vehicle parking in Feb 2023.

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 High level of fitness is required this year as some steep terrain – ups and downs.

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 Otago mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time. 

From Millers Flat we are bussed to our first woolshed accommodation at Letham Bush. 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. 

What do I need to bring? 

Day pack
Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat
Jersey, balaclava, socks, thermals, 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
Sunscreen & insect repellent
Personal items and a roll of loo paper
Small first aid kit for yourself
Camera & torch
Your own mug, plates, cutlery & a couple of tea towels
Water bottle (I recommend a second bottle for electrolytes) Plus a small thermos if you want to have a cuppa at the lunch stop
Personal medications
Money for the bar and Host Town
Baby wipes are handy when hand washing difficult
Folding chair/stool -(small enough to be in or strapped to your main gear bag.)

And don’t forget your period clothing related to the 1800’s! 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.

Tuesday

We meet at the secure vehicle parking on Ovens Hill Road, Millers Flat, at 1.30pm for registration.

Travel by bus and mini vans to our first nights’ wool shed accommodation at Leithen Bush, “Highview Station”.  (This is a bit of a drive approx. 50 min)       

Wednesday

  • Walk out 8.00am

Up the roadway briefly, then down through “Parasol Runs” to a small river crossing into the “Hukarere Station”. This is undulating terrain. Lunching at a beautiful park like area, then from there we are metal road/track walking the remainder of the way, along the stunning Pomahaka River, to our nights’ accommodation at “Crown Rock Station”.

  • Support Vehicle to follow this afternoon heading to Crown Rock Station

Thursday

  • Walk out 8.00am

We cross back across the river via a walk bridge and meander up and down through an interesting area and through several farmers’ properties that boundary the river.

At this stage we will have a few hills heading to our nights accommodation in the afternoon, at an historic woolshed on “Moa Flat Downs Station”.

Friday

  • Walk out at 8.00am

We have a half day walk today through lovely farm land down to the back of the Millers Flat Hotel for our buffet lunch in their beer garden (weather permitting.) Our afternoon is easy with a tour to look forward to, then transported to our last woolshed at “Minzion Station”.

Our Friday night dance will be fun with a new local band this year. Don’t forget our theme of “Fruits of the Past and Present” wearing something small to add to the fun night. I have decided on a prize for the most imaginative dress idea for our theme night.

Saturday

  • Walk out at 8.30am, an extra half hour this morning to get over our previous night’s fun.
  • The terrain will be little undulations but mainly heading down to our parked vehicle area, to change for the parade at 12.00pm. Our period clothing is always a hit with the crowd and is our point of difference.

Fitness – Please ensure you are in tip top racing order for the amount of walking required. Parts of our trail we are unable to have constant vehicle access/back up so we need to be fit and well prepared.

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