The Veterinary Center ‘Mick O’Callaghan’ RIDING TRAIL


Trail Boss: Mick O’Callaghan. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Approx 6hrs-8hrs riding per day. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $820 riders. $785 backup.

When do I need to be where? Meeting Sunday 26 February from 2pm in the Nenthorn Valley.

How hard will the days be? Between 30-40km per day. This year will be another spectacular ride over some big mountains, lots of tussock and rocks! Day length approx. 6-8 hours maximum

5 rating

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS,  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.


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

behind naseby

Where are we going?

We will be Starting in the Nenthorn Valley  (East Otago) traversing the Strath Taieri heading towards Middlemarch, over the Rock and Pillar Range  into Patearoa Station then onto  the Styx area at the  top of the Maniototo, then into the Lammermoors into the Clutha Valley past The Great Moss Swamp then a night stop near the beautiful Lake Onslow, dropping into the Clutha Valley

All Horses must be fit, well prepared and freshly shod

Riders need to have a good level of fitness and be well prepared.

Some downhill walking will be required, mostly on tracks.

Hire horses available through John and Anjie Wall at Adventure Horse trekking NZ

We will have daily vehicle ferrying available  (at an extra cost)

All welcome, support available for most needs please ask

Well prepared new comers most welcome

Gear Truck available to cart gear to and from each night stop

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