The Bill Butler Riding Trail – Frasers Gang!

Bill Butler on rock

Trail Boss: Bill Butler. 7 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $830 riders. $790 backup

When do I need to be where? Meeting Saturday 25th February up the Cardrona Valley. Will be sign posted approx 500m before the village.

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, FANTASTIC FOOD, Very capable and experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers! And a great bunch of other like minded horse enthusiasts! A dress-up party mid week (Yes you have to dress up)! 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.


What do I need to bring? A horse!

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

The Spiel

A hardened group of “Desperado” horse men and women are riding out of the Cardrona valley with their loot and are making their escape to their hide out believed to be near Millers Flat.

Fraser’s Outlaws are a gang known to stay off the beaten track, often making their own way through the high and less travelled mountain passes of Central Otago.

Meeting Saturday 26th February

Cardrona Valley farm Tuohy’s Gully Road off Cardrona Valley Road on the Scurr Family farm.

Sunday 27th Leaving the Cardrona Valley we travel out on the Meg Hut Pack track over the south end of the Pisa Range to Waitiri station

Monday 28th From Waitiri we cross the Victoria Bridge SH6 crossing the flats up the AJ Hackett pipeline Bungy Road onto the Carrick Range and Mt Difficulty then down to our gracious hosts Gavin Hogg and Anne Lawson. To celebrate a couple of super days riding we will be having our fancy-dress night. The theme being Super Heros or Super Villains.  No room here for your mild-mannered alter ego so grab your cape and embrace your greatness

Tuesday 1st March Through Bannockburn we go out onto the Carrick Mountains to the Fraser dam where we will hold up for two nights

Wednesday 2nd A day for exploring Carrick and Hawkesburn stations out onto the Old Woman Range then back to our camp on the banks of the Fraser Dam for some “Outlaw games”.

Thursday 3rd We are aiming for the Obelisk and onward along the Old Man Range camping at Gunn’ s cattle yards with the Teviot Valley at our feet

Friday 4th Bullock Track is our path up and over Mt Benger and down to Ettrick to our last Camp at Gem Lake homestead

Saturday 5th We travel out through the hill between Ettrick and Millers flat then we descend down behind the Millers Flat Pub across the Bridge to our Host town Of Millers flat.

This Ride is well catered for by the Alexandra Lions. Well-tended to by Our Camp boss Rex Evans and his Team and well supported by our very capable group of Wranglers. We have some outstanding country to explore and our trail is best described as a moderate to challenging ride. Day length will be 7 to 8 hours where we are riding over some of the iconic ranges of Central Otago so a good level of fitness for both horse and rider is required.

Fraser’s Outlaws recruiting now so come and join our gang you don’t have to be a super hero but it helps.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss 0274812085

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser Or call the office 03 445 0111