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Trail Boss: Chris Bayne. 7 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Light wagons welcome and horse ‘n riders. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.
$761 rider/wagon driver. $721 passenger/backup. $30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.
When do I need to be where? Ribbonwood Station (Near Omarama)– from 3pm on the 23rd February 2019.
How hard will the days be? Between 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 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.
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?
Our cooks once again are The Oamaru Scouts been with us over 20 years
Saturday 23rd. We meet at Ribbon wood which is approx 25 kms from Omarama. Horse check from 3pm (all horses must be freshly shod) Dinner will be at 7pm followed by a welcome talk.
Sunday 24th With the Barrier Range high above us we head out towards Serpentine Creek and hopefully see Mount Cook in the distance and head towards Lake Ohau and have a BBQ lunch and get to know each other.
Monday 25th. Today we climb up and around the Diadem Range down to the Ahuriri River and into Birchwood Country where the film Mulan had its Chinese fortress (hope we see it ) we head along by the river to Longslip Station for our nights stop a big day.
Tuesday 26th.Into the historic Lindis Valley cross into Dunstan Downs and into the big tussock country of Morven Hills big climbs with amazing high country scenery looking away down at the valley below and onto Tinburn Station for our nights stop a another big day.
Wednesday 27th Plenty of history and gold story’s to be told as today we will go out and explore the station with a BBQ lunch and hopefully a swim in the Lindis River and get ready to dance the night away.
Thursday 28th Climbing up and out of the valley with great views of the Dunstan Mountain and the Pisa Mountains and the clutha river we head to our next high country station .
Friday 1st March We will wander along the hills to admire the views and along the flats looking over at Mt Burns and heading towards Lake Hawea and the Grandview Mountains for our next stop at Lagoon Valley.
Saturday 2nd March This is it we will all go over farm land then onto a road to our final stop at the Hawea Domain to be greeted by thousands of people.
( Don’t for get 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 email@example.com Or call the office 03 445 0111