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Trail Boss: Bill Butler Phone: 03 207 2787
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Duration: 7 days
Meet: Saturday 25th February Limit: 70
Saturday 25th February 2017. Meeting from 3.pm on Saturday on Shores of Lake Ohau. Sign posted from Highway 8, The Twizel Omarama road turning onto Lake Ohau road
Sunday: Riding out between The Barrier and Ohau ranges into the Ahuriri Valley. We cross the Ahuriri river to our home for two nights, the Ben Avon woolshed.
Monday: Travelling up the valley we head up the Dingleburn route to the top of the ridge where we can soak up the magnificent views of the Southern Alps and views of Mt Cook. Head back down the ridge to the valley floor then up stream to explore Birchwood. Once home for the night and horses bedded down we will load you up for a trip to the Omarama Hot Pools to soak away the aches of the day.
Tuesday: Upon leaving Ben Avon we travel out the well trodden path towards the Avon Burn under the shadow of Ben Avon (1713). Travelling out thru this country is always a privilege and a real treat weaving thru the river gorge to Dalrachneys Hut (tents required).
Wednesday: From Dalrachney heading out to the Lindis Pass over the road and up Dip Creek then along the Dunstan Range travelling down to Shirlmar Station our home for the night. Arriving with plenty of time to commune with the spirit world, get your Zombie on, put your fangs in to take bite out of our Halloween themed costume party . Will be a real “Ghoul” time.
Thursday: Spirits willing, we ride out over the Chain Hills into the Dunstan Creek. Lovely easy ride snug under the watchful eye of the St Bathans Range. Arriving at Mt St Bathans for our penultimate night
Friday: Up we go to the top of the Dunstan Mountains. With breath-taking views of Central Otago. Then travelling along to our final destination Begg Creek Station . Where we will be entertained by the band X-Cell
Saturday: From Begg Creek Station short hop down road to Omakau and the fantastic host town frivolities!
This ride requires a good level of fitness from both horse and rider. Our days are a good mix of alpine terrain averaging around 7 to 9 hrs daily. Horses must be freshly shod. Clothes suitable for alpine conditions and all weather types must be carried at all times. We will be camping out on several nights so tents are required. We will have vehicles for carting your gear from camp to camp.
Back ups are welcome but access to one of the camps is weather dependant and whether floats can be taken in is up to the discretion of our Camp Boss Rex Evans.
Alexandra Lions will keep you well fed and our portable bar will ensure you are well refreshed.
See you soon for another cracker of a ride