‘A Tough Trail to Twizel!’ – WALKING TRAIL

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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)


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

When do I need to be where? Twizel By 4pm Sunday 28th February 2021

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, huts/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 the McKenzie Country Mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.

twizel scenic 2

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?

Sunday 28 February 2021 We will meet at Twizel, (location to be confirmed) from 4:00pm onwards and have dinner in Twizel that evening. 

Monday 1 March 2021 Your cars will be left in a secure location in Twizel and you will be transported to the start of the trail approximately 2km south of the Lindis Pass. We will start with an easy tramp through to Smiths Creek and the Lindis Hut where we will stop for lunch. Photos and details of the hut can be found at https://hutbagger.co.nz/huts/lindis-hut After lunch we will continue up Smiths Creek to its source and a saddle that will take us into the Lindis River. From the Lindis River we will have a climb of about 160m to the Burnt Bush hut for our first night. Approximate distance 16km 

Tuesday 2 March 2021 We start today by re-tracing our steps down to the Lindis River and following it upstream with a steady climb, before encountering the stiff climb up to the ridgline to the south-east of Mt Melina. From here it is largely downhill to the Tin Hut and a tributary of the Avon Burn. At this point we join the Te Araroa trail and follow it to the Ahuriri Valley. Our accommodation tonight is the Ribbonwood Station hut on the east side of the river. The state of the river will determine our route from the Avon Burn to the hut. Approximate distance 28km. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021 First up today is a long steady climb alongside the Ribbonwood Stream up to the head of the valley where there is a steep climb up onto the ridgeline. Following the ridgeline we pass Snowy Top (1,734m), Diadem (1,680m) and False Diadem (1,727m) before descending steadily to the Quailburn and the Quailburn campsite. Accommodation tonight will be in tents. Approximate distance 22km. 

Thursday 4 March 2021 The trail today follows the Tarnbrae Track along the foot of the Ohau Range rising steadily to 900m. At Freehold Creek we rejoin the Te Araroa trail and follow it to Sawyer Creek before dropping down to the Glen Mary Ski Club and the Lake Ohau Road. We follow the road to the Lake Middleton campsite for our final night on the trail. Accommodation will again be in tents. Approximate distance 19km. 

Friday 5 March 2021 Today is a long day but mainly on the flat following the shoreline of Lake Ohau on the Te Araroa trail before branching off to follow the Ohau River down to Lake Ruataniwha and Max Smith Drive. Our destination is on Max Smith Drive opposite Lake Ruataniwha. As has been customary Anna will provide dinner to celebrate the completion of the trial. Approximate distance 27km. 

Saturday 6 March 2021 As almost an anticlimax we will have a very short 3km jaunt into Twizel where we will meet up with the other trails for the Grand Parade and an afternoon and evening of country entertainment.

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