This trail is now ‘basically full’. On-line registrations for this trail are turned off. If you want to go on this trail it is still worth your while contacting the office 03 4450 111 or terry@cavalcade.co.nz as space may have come available (people often have to pull out for a variety of reasons).

Trail Boss: Chris Bayne Phone:  03 489 4921 (evenings)

Email:  chrisbayne@xtra.co.nz   Duration: 7 days                                                      

Meet on: Saturday 25st February               Limit: 70

RIDER/Driver BAR $698 $685



Our trail is named after Tussock Creek Moleskins based on the Taieri Plains in Mosgiel.

Saturday 25th February 2017. We will meet at the Kurow Racecourse in Kurow. There will be a horse and gear check from 3pm onwards and dinner will be at 7pm followed by a welcome talk.

Sunday 26th. We leave the race course and climb up Kurow Hill and down to Kurow creek. We will have stunning views on the top of the mighty Waitaki River and up the Haka Valley and all over the plains. We hopefully will go past the very historical Campbell Park School with its big castle like building and then onto our first woolshed for the night.

Monday 27th. Today we are in the very heart of the back country. We will climb up a track (the original bridle track) with the Otekaieke River far below us we will cross the river quite a few times. We will have lunch at Burnt Hut and then climb up and onto the Dansey’s Pass road and onto Glenshee Station for our next night.

Tuesday 28th. Our day today will see us travel over rolling country with Mt Ida high above us and the Kyeburn diggings where gold was found. We will come into the historic gold town of Naseby and might have time to sample their hospitality. We will go over land looking over at Rough Ridge and the Hawkdun Ranges and onto Wedderburn for the nights stop.

Wednesday 1st March. On to Pennyweight Ridges for the next 2 nights we are looking at the Maniototo plains the Raggedy Range and the Dunstan Mountains once again rolling country with great views.

Thursday 2nd. Day off and a great picnic day with a ride and a drive down to the river for a good swim for us all and the horses. We will have John McCabe entertain us tonight so an early dinner.

Friday 3rd. Head towards the very old and historical town of St Bathans and the lovely Blue Lake nestled at the foot of the St Bathans Mountains. We will travel over great country with the Dunstan Mountains very close by and onto our next woolshed for the last sleep in one.

Saturday 4th. Last day as we wind our way Down to the Omakau Race course the end of a great week and to celebrate 25 years of cavalcading.


This is a limited back-ups trail. We have a great team who can transport your gear for you. Just keep it to a minimum weight in a maximum of two bags (or a swag and a bag…)



4 thoughts on “‘TUSSOCK CREEK LIGHT WAGON AND HORSE TRAIL’ with Chris Bayne”

  1. Hi there. Just registered for 2017 as a rider and my adult nephew Chris will shortly do the same. Sounds a great trail thanks, and we are really looking forward to it. We will bring our own float but if anyone has room for another horse to and from my place near Lincoln, Christchurch, I possibly have a keen rider who would love to use my (or your) spare horse. Thanks Frances Tennent-Brown tb.frances@gmail.com

  2. A limited back up – does that mean there are no back ups allowed at all – I was hoping my husband and my Dad could attend in a campervan – my husband would be keen to help out where ever needed … would that be possible?

  3. I would love to join the light wagon cavalcade this year – something on my bucket list that I would finally like to realize! I am just wondering if there is a) still room as a rider on this trail, and b) would this be suitable for a horse and rider new to cavalcading but who have maintained a moderate level of fitness riding out over the summer? Are there any other horse-rider pairs for whom this would be a new experience? Lastly, if there is still space available, is there a recommended training schedule to follow for the remaining month leading up to the trek? Any further information you are able to provide would be helpful and much appreciated.

    Many Thanks,


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