The Veterinary Center Dam Busters! RIDING TRAIL


Click here to enter the 2019 Cavalcade to Hawea!

Trail Boss: Mick O’Callaghan. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 7am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$725 for riders. $690 for backups. $30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.

When do I need to be where? Waitangi (far side of Lake Aviemore)– from 3pm on the 24th February 2019.

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, interesting and historic sites/relics,  FANTASTIC FOOD, Very capable and experienced 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.

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What do I need to bring? A horse!

Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat

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

Where are we going?

Sunday 24th meet up in the afternoon at Matangi Station across Lake Aviemore.

Monday 25th Heading to Otamatapaio Station, via the Benmore Dam, good mountains – great views of Lake Benmore, Aviemore and Mt Cook.

Tuesday 26th Heading to Twinburn Station via Mt Horrible. Big rugged mountain riding.

Wednesday 27th Heading to Dalrachney Station in the Lindis Pass (the bit in all the photos of the Lindis Pass).

Thursday 28th  Heading to Forrest Range Station, big full day in the Lindis.

Friday 1st  Heading to Lake Hawea Station. You thought the previous days were good… saved some of the best views for last!

Saturday 2nd A short ride through Hawea and on to the meetup point for the Grand Parade! Make sure you book a Dinner and Howdown ticket with your registration!


The ride will be a lot bonier than last year! Horses will definitely need to be freshly shod for this one. Good fitness of horse and rider required.

Backups very welcome and all overnights have good road access. Thanks very much to all the landowners, Maniototo Area School caterers, wranglers, first aiders and Gofers.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Mick O’Callaghan 027 489 4109

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