Hokonui Moonshine Marauders’ – RIDING TRAIL

1.       ‘Hokonui Moonshine Marauders’ – RIDING TRAIL.

 Mandeville – Owaka

Sorry Folks. Bills Trail is now full for riders. A couple of backup spaces still available. Email Terry@cavalcade.co.nz and we’ll put a few of you on a wait list.

Trail Boss: Bill Butler   Phone:  03 207 2787  Email:  mandyandbill@xtra.co.nz

Duration: 7 days           Meet: Saturday 24th  February             Limit: 70riders plus back-ups.



Saturday 24 Meeting at Rex and Hilary Evans Mt Peel Station Mandeville.

Sunday 25 Our ride begins by travelling out from the Homestead around the back of Mt Peel and onto The Retreat Station. Climbing up, we get to look out into Central Southland . We then head  across the Hokonuis to North Peak and are rewarded with a contrast of great views of Northern Southland and the Waimea Plains before riding back to Mt Peel.

Monday 26 First thing this morning, we drive our floats to just before Gore, where we will then be bused back to the Station, Riding from Mt Peel we will travel along the Hokonuis and are really spoilt for choice of the views laid out before us. Coming down off the Hokonuis, we will load up and drive to Jeff Farm on the Old Coach road ( Butch’s country) our home for the night. This is the venue for our Fancy Dress party . The theme this year is “P” party (as in things beginning with  the letter P).

Tuesday 27 Travelling south, through the rolling country of Jeff farm, we climb to a high point over-looking Southland  with Stewart Island bold on the horizon. On a clear day you can see the smoke from the pot belly at Scott Base . If it’s not a clear day we won’t be hanging around at all. A wee bit of forestry riding on the way to  our hosts for the night, Dave and Diane Story of Venlaw  Station out the back of Wyndham.

Wednesday 28 We climb out of Venlaw Station and enter the Catlins, coastal country. Our destination for this evening is the back woolshed on The Wisp Station. This will be a big day with lots of ups and downs so I thought we could wind down at the end of the day with a bit of horse racing. I’ll provide “the horses” you provide “the competitive spirit”.

Thursday 1st Our ride today will take us into the heart of the  Catlins. We ride along The Wisp and Rata Ranges through native bush and rolling farm land, with amazing character that can only be found in the Catlins . We end up at the home of some real Catlin’s Characters Warren and Steph Burgess, our hosts for the next two nights.

Friday 2 Off to the seaside.  We explore some coastal riding with the best wild beauty the Catlin’s coast can offer. Then return back to the Burgess property for our last night. We will have a band to help us celebrate another great week on Cavalcade.

Saturday 3rd We have a reasonable ride into Owaka . Last chance to enjoy the terrain of this very special part of the country.


All horses must be fit and freshly shod. Good wet and warm riding gear is essential. Tents are not essential as we have woolsheds each night but you are most welcome to bring them along .We have our excellent caterers back again, The Alexandra Lions so you will be well fed .

Look forward to seeing you all soon for a “Positively Perfect” ride.

“PPPPProfessor Bill”


18 thoughts on “Hokonui Moonshine Marauders’ – RIDING TRAIL”

  1. Hi Bill could u tell me the precedur for transfering my car amd float from the beginning g to the end. We have paid for this and I would like to no who will be moving it and where will it be left at the other end and how will I get my keys back and will it be secure. Thanks Fiona.

    1. Hi Fiona, an Omakau comunity group bring a bus load of drivers up to Ohau – they are all over 25yrs and responsible people… they drive the vehicles and floats back to Omakau and park them up in your paddock there. Keys are delivered back to you on Friday night.


  2. Hi, there are 8 of us coming down from Taranaki with our horses for 2017 Cavalcade. We are just sorting out travel plans and would like to stay around Lake Tekapo on Friday night 23rd February . Does anyone know of any contacts down there that could put us up for the night, we will have a truck and 2 vehicles and floats plus paddock for our horses. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks😀

  3. I have a spare birth in my float heading to this trail if anyone needs a horse taken up. Either leave a comment or phone me on 0274367425

    1. Hi I have a friend that’s needing a lift for her horse. Rebecca is her name I will pass on her number. And she will contact u. Thanks Fiona. Her horse is a great floater trucker. Walks on beautifully and travels well.

    2. Hi Curly….I’m needing to get my horse floated from Waitati (north of Dunedin) to Oahu/Bill’s trail. Where are you going from? Cheers Bec :*)

  4. wow this looks amazing !!! cant wait … Im registered on this ride – will be travelling from Whanganui with my Mate Lisa

  5. Good job I got signed up quick this year couldn,t believe it filled up so quick, looking forward to a bit of new country.
    I will have a spare birth in my float if anyone is looking for transport out of Dunedin
    Cheers Curly

  6. Well this looks amazing amd I’ve just registered.
    I am going with Heather Bell and AJ and Zaylie Brook. See u there. Looking forward to it. Thanks Fiona

  7. Looking forward to smoking peace pipe with Big Chief Sitting Bill – Standing up. Drink white man fire water and throw saddle over crazy horse!

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