Tussock Creek Light Wagons and Riders

This trail is now full. Please contact the office to be added to the wait list. terry@cavalcade.co.nz 

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.

$800 Riders and drivers. $760 passengers and backups.

When do I need to be where? Meet at Round Hill Station near the top of the famous Hakataramea Valley.This is approx 53kms from Kurow. Arrive from 3pm onwards on Saturday the 27th 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.

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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

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? 

Our cooks once again are The Oamaru Scouts been with us over 20 years

(Don’t forget this is a limited back up trail we are trying to do what the gold miners did but we have 2 trucks to take all your gear and your horses feed etc  keep your gear to a minimum weight as you have to lift it each day)

Saturday 27th Feb. We meet at Round Hill Station near the top of the famous Hakataramea Valley.This is approx 53kms from Kurow. Arrive from 3pm onwards(all horses must be freshly shod).You will be shown where the horse paddocks are and where to leave your vehicle that is to be shifted. Dinner will be 7pm followed by a welcome talk and an introduction to the crew.

Sunday..As we leave Round Hill to ride through part of the station we have the Kirkliston range beside us and Mt Dalgety in front at the head of the valley. Our day’s ride ends at the Hunters Hills which was part of the historic Hakataramea Downs.

Monday.Today we travel through farm land down the valley towards our next night’s stay.This will be a pleasant ride with the Hakataramea river beside us. 

Tuesday  &  Wednesday. Leaving Wairua we ride and drive across the valley floor,after crossing the Haka river.We are heading for our next destination for two nights under the Kirkliston Range which will tower above us at heights of 1000 to 1800 metres.This is party night and a great time to  celebrate and dance the night away!Wednesday is a rest day if you wish but there will be a picnic ride and drive down the Rabbiters Fence.

Thursday. After  leaving Invercroy we have a good climb up the Haldon Pass and have spectacular views into the MacKenzie Basin of lakes Tekapo and Pukaki.And hopefully of Mt Cook.We wind our way down to Grays Hills for the night.

Friday. With spectacular scenery all around us we make our way down to the Haldon camping  ground and cross the Pukaki river. Traversing the river flats we eventually arrive at Bendrose Farm.

Saturday. Well after a week of socialising and riding and driving through amazing country we enter Twizel for the parade, dinner  and hospitality of the Twizel folk.

Questions about this trail in particular? Contact the Trail Boss: John Black 027 488 2768 ajstblack@gmail.com

Questions about the Cavalcade in general Contact the head office 03 4450111 terry@cavalcade.co.nz