Tussock Creek Light Wagons and Riders

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Trail Boss: Chris Bayne. 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.

$30 discount for OGHT members

When do I need to be where? Ardgour near Tarras, from 3pm on the 22nd February 2020.

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  FANTASTIC FOOD, the longest serving 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

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? 

Saturday 22nd. We meet at Ardgour approx 10kms from Tarras. Arrive from 3pm onwards (all horses must be freshly shod) You will be showed where your paddocks are and where to leave your vehicle that is to be shifted. Dinner will be at 7pm followed by a welcome talk and to introduce all the crew.

Sunday 23rd. As we leave “Ardgour” we go along  the flats and start to climb up and reaching the top we will be at 1000ft we have wonderful views of The Pisa Range, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, and over looking at The Hawkden  and St Bathans mountains .We will have lunch by a miners hut with a stream running close by and continue down the Dunstan Mountains to our nights stop.

Monday 24th  Today we go down the rest of the track and go through farmland to head towards Lauder for our night stop.

Tuesday 25th. This morning we cross the Manuherikia River to climb up a farm track over the blackstone hill and down to Oturehua we are staying in a woolshed in the little town and will visit the historic Oturehua store ( meant to be the oldest general store in New Zealand) and still operating. The hotel is well worth a visit and just down the road is Hayes Engineering well worth a visit. John McCabe will be singing tonight so a good dance for everyone.

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th

Over the end of the Ridges we climb and coming down to lovely rolling country with great views of the Rock and Pillar and we will be staying two nights. So Thursday will be a BBQ and picnic day.

Friday 28th

Easy going today as we come off the hills to see all the diary farms and also the home of a lot of historic high country stations and the Taieri River. We travel to ‘The Bend” for our last night.

Saturday 1st March

After a awesome week we make our way to Patearoa 7kms away to enjoy the parade the dinner and hoe down and all the hospitality this small country town will give us.

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)


Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Chrisbayne@xtra.co.nz

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