Hoofing the heights to Hawea!

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Trail Boss: Les Beattie. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$790 for riders. $755 for backups. $30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.

When do I need to be where? Glencoe Station (Near Arrowtown)– from 3pm on the 24th February 2019.

How hard will the days be? Between 30-40km per day. This is one of the tougher rides on the Cavalcade. Longer days possible, more testing for horse and rider because of terrain. A good level of fitness and experience required.


What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  fantastic food, Very capable and experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers! And a great bunch of other like minded horse enthusiasts! Really bloody 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? A horse! (Unless you are a passenger attached to a wagon),

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

Riding boots or boots with a heel suitable for walking

Plate/bowl, cutlery, drinking vessel, tea towel.

Towel & toilet articles

Sleeping bag & mat / stretcher

Sunscreen & insect repellent

Personal items and a roll of loo paper

Small first aid kit for you and your horse

Camera & torch

Don’t forget a wee treat for yourself and your horse

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

Where are we going?

A week of fabulous riding over great country with awesome scenery, friendship, adventure and fun. It is anticipated that there will be 7 – 8 hours riding most days.

We have some good hill climbs this year so horses and riders need a good level of fitness. All horses must be freshly shod.

Sunday 24th February: We meet between 3 pm and 5pm at Glencoe Station woolshed near Arrowtown.

Day one Monday 25th February: We ride to Macetown via Tobins Track. We skirt past Arrowtown, follow the Arrow River and return to Glencoe Station via Billy creek, the Zig Zag and Low Saddle.

Day two Tuesday 26th Febraury: We leave Glencoe Station, head up to the Crown Rocks above Cardrona, then down into the Cardrona Valley. We then ride to Tuohys Gully Station woolshed on Cardrona Valley Farms

Day three Wednesday 27th February:  We leave Touhys Gully Station, ride up Touhys Gully to Meg Hut, follow the pack track, then cross DoC land heading to Mt Pisa and then down to Mt Pisa Station woolshed.

Day four Thursday 28th February: We leave Mt Pisa Station shearing shed, ride up the gully, and cross the boundary to Lockaburn Station. If a good day we will have lunch beside Lake McKay, then head to Lake McKay Station woolshed near Luggate. This is a great place for our music and party night.

Day five Friday 1st March: We leave Lake McKay Station, cross the Luggate bridge and head up to Grandview Heights on Grandview Station.

We then drop down to Hawea Back Road to go to Hawea Flats where we spend the next two nights.

Saturday 2nd March:

We head to Hawea Domain for the parade.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – lesbeattie863@gmail.com

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111