Trail Boss: John Black. 7 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Light wagons and horse ‘n riders are welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.
$830 Riders and drivers. $790 passengers and backups.
When do I need to be where? Waikerikeri Valley near Clyde. Arrive from 3pm onwards on Saturday the 26th February 2021
How hard will the days be? Approximately 30-40km per day. NOT a leisure ride like the Heavy Wagons but not quite as hard as some of the horse trails.
What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, FANTASTIC FOOD, experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers. And a great bunch of other like minded wagon and horse 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.
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
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
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?
What a trail we have for you -from wine ,the new gold, to super-fine merino!
On Saturday the 26 th Feb we meet near Clyde on McArthurs’ Road with the Dunstan Range as our backdrop. Arrive from 3pm onwards, all horses must be freshly shod. You will be shown the horse paddocks and where to leave your vehicle that is to be moved. Dinner is 7pm followed by a welcome talk and meet all the crew.
Sunday 27 th Feb. We leave McArthurs with the Dunstan range beside us, as we travel towards Clyde. We will be able to view the biggest vineyard in the southern hemisphere. After crossing the Clyde bridge we pass by the historic Earnscleugh homestead and up Conroys Gully to the next night’s stay.
Monday 28 th Feb. Upon leaving the Earnscleugh Station we wind our way down to Alexandra, crossing the bridge and then the Shakey Bridge leading us to climb the Bridge hill. With magnificent 360 degrees views we carry on to Little Valley through a truly unique landscape and arrive at Mt Campbell for two nights.
Tuesday 1 st March, this is a rest day, with a ride and barbeque. This is also Party night, so a good time to socialise and dance the night away.
Wednesday 2 nd March. Today we ride through Mt Campbell Station up to the Knobby Range and near the old Dunstan trail where there are old stables from horse and coach days. Eventually we arrive at our destination for the night.
Thursday 3 rd March. After leaving Knobby Range road we climb up through the Kinaston Run, famous for it’s Snowline sheep. Once we cross the Teviot river we head down to our next woolshed for the night.
Friday 4 th March. As the landscape changes from run country to more intensive farming we make our way through the historic Teviot area to overnight at Lime Hills.
Saturday 5 th March. Today we ride and drive into Millers’ Flat for the grand finale of the 30 th cavalcade! And to especially celebrate with those special few who have done all 30!
Please remember this is a limited backup trail, and as we have two trucks to take all your gear which you will be loading each day, keep it to a minimum weight. Our caterers are the Oamaru Sea Scouts who have been with us for ever so you will be well fed and watered all week!
Questions about this trail in particular? Contact the Trail Boss: John Black 027 488 2768 email@example.com
Questions about the Cavalcade in general Contact the head office 03 4450111 firstname.lastname@example.org