‘A pack on my back to Patearoa’ – WALKING TRAIL

Registrations open 1st October

Trail Boss: Steve Clark. 6 Days. Self supported. Fit trampers welcome. Head out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days tramping over high country/farm 4WD tracks, sheep tracks, no tracks.

The fully self supported trail. Max 12 people. Carry all your own gear – real tramping – the way they did it back in 1862 (with possibly more comfortable boots)

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

Click here for Steve’s PDF with all the details!

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 3pm Sunday 23rd February 2020

How hard will the days be? Between 20-25km per day, some days have some good honest climbs. Because you are carrying a full tramping pack this is the hardest of the foot trails.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, two nights tenting in the mountains (depending on numbers and beds available in the huts), 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.

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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 2 and 3.  Personal first aid kit with emergency blanket…

Where are we going?

This 6 day, 103km walk takes in the historic Serpentine Diggings before crossing the Taeri River to Paerau and the Rock and Pillar Range. From the Loganburn Reservoir we will follow the ridge of the Rock and Pillar Range before dropping down to the historic Hamilton Diggings. On our final day we will walk into Patearoa to join the other Cavalcade trails for the grand parade.

While there will be a number of ascents and descents, the elevation gains will be considerably less than we experienced in 2019 on the Pisa Mountains. The first day will involve a climb from 570m ASL to the Serpentine Diggings at 1,030m ASL before dropping down to the Serpentine Flat and Paerau School at 560m ASL. The highest point on the Rock and Pillar Range is Summit Rock at 1450m ASL, while Hamilton’s Diggings are at 640m ASL. We should have plenty of time to explore the old gold diggings, tailings and water races at Serpentine and Hamiltons. Weather permitting there will be fabulous vistas of the Upper Taieri Valley, Strath Taieri and the Maniatoto. The trail finishes on Saturday walking to Patearoa for the Grand Parade.

This trail is for fit, experienced trampers who must be capable of carrying up to 16 – 18 kg for up to 28 km per day over rough farm tracks with some steep ascents and descents. Accommodation will be in high country huts, and a former school. The trail is independent with all personal gear, food and shared gear carried by the walkers. There will be no back-up vehicle. It is self catering on the trail, but the evening meal on the final night will be catered.

Please feel free to ring or email me if you have any questions relating to the trail.

Monday 24 February 2020 We will meet at the Patearoa Domain from 9:00am onwards. Your cars will be left in a secure location in Pateraroa and you will be transported to the start of the trail at the intersection of Linburn Runs Road and the Serpentine Road.
Questions? Specific to this trail? Ask the boss steveclark3177@gmail.com

Questions? In general about the Cavalcade or the registration process… contact the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111