‘The Family Friendly 3.5day Cloverleaf Trail’.

Online entries open 1st November.
Trail Boss:
Alan Lowen. 3.5 Days. Fully Catered and supported. This is a family friendly trail. (Low alcohol consumption thanks) Competent children with parents most welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $530 for riders. $510 Backups.

When do I need to be where? Overhill Woolshed, Beaumont – lunch is provided then a 4hr ride that afternoon. Wednesday 1st March 2023.

How hard will the days be? Between 20 -30km per day. This is one of the easier rides on the Cavalcade, but still up to 7ish hours in the saddle. A good level of fitness and experience required.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, GREAT 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 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? 

Half day ride Wednesday, full days Thursday and Friday around the hills and mountains of Beaumont. All based out of the one camp at Overhill Station. Fully catered by the Lawrence lions.

Saturday. We load up and move camp to Millers Flat (horses in floats). A short ride somewhere then we meet up with the other trails for the grande parade. Make sure your friends and family are there to enjoy the festivities the host town are putting on for us. 

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Alan Lowen  0272 889 559 lowen.alan@gmail.com 

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

Jane Whitmore’s Simplenakedsoap Clover Leaf Trail

Trail Boss: Jane Whitmore. 6 Days based from 2 different ‘base camps’. Each ride is a loop out, around and back to camp . Fully Catered. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 9am, typically in by 3pm. Good days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $760.

When do I need to be where? Meeting  after 2pm on Sunday the 26th February 2023 at Kawarau Station, Bannockburn.

How hard will the days be? about 30km per day. This is one of the easier rides on the Cavalcade. Starting and finishing from a base camp (3 nights Bannockburn then 3 nights Knobby Range). Can take a day off and stay in camp here and there without being left behind! Good honest day rides over some steep and interesting country. A good level of fitness and experience required.

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What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, GOOD 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

Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves

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?

Monday: A  steep uphill  ride to get everyone into the swing of the trail, then we will see the amazing countryside with views we all wish for and the historic ‘Young Australian’ water wheel used in the goldmining times.

Tuesday:  Another good days ride taking in the original Bannock Burn.

Wednesday:  Shorter ride on Carrick station before we pack up and move to our next camp,  Knobby Range.

Thursday: An awesome ride up the range with great views over Roxburgh and the Hydro Dam.

Friday: Cheeky wee ride down to the river and surrounding countryside.

Saturday: move in to Millers Flat for the final ride in to the parade.

We have the awesome team from the Strath Taieri Primary School catering for us again.  They will be providing a bar.  If there is anything in particular you would like available, please let us know.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask Jane Whitmore the trail boss. jm.whitmore@hotmail.com

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

The Veterinary Center ‘Mick O’Callaghan’ RIDING TRAIL

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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

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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.

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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

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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  mailto:adventurehorsetrekkingnz@farmside.co.nz      http://www.adventurehorsetrekking.co.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 lochneydowns@gmail.com 

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

‘Black Hawk Saddlery High Country Trail!’

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Trail Boss: Les Beattie. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $810 riders. $775 backup

When do I need to be where? We meet at Glen Lapa Station near Waikaia from 3pm onwards. 26th Feb 2023

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, 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 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

Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves

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 / camp chair

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?

At this stage details of our ride a bit sketchy – our planned visits to landowners/managers had to be postponed due to Covid lockdown, and now we have to wait until lambing has finished before we can reschedule these visits. Further details will follow.

Sunday 

We meet at Glenlapa Station in Northern Southland after 3pm. 

Monday 

We ride to Argyle Station which is located in the Waikaia Valley, where we spend two nights. 

Tuesday 

Today is a loop ride on Glenary Station – back to Argyle Station

Wednesday 

We ride to Hukarere Station

Thursday 

A leisurely ride to Crown Rock Station 

Friday

We ride to Gem Lake Station

Saturday 

We have a short ride into Millers Flat to celebrate the 30th cavalcade

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – didi@actrix.co.nz

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

The Bill Butler Riding Trail – Frasers Gang!

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Trail Boss: Bill Butler. 7 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

Approximately $830 riders. $790 backup

When do I need to be where? Meeting Saturday 25th February up the Cardrona Valley. Will be sign posted approx 500m before the village.

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, FANTASTIC FOOD, Very capable and experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers! And a great bunch of other like minded horse enthusiasts! A dress-up party mid week (Yes you have to dress up)! 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

Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves

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

The Spiel

A hardened group of “Desperado” horse men and women are riding out of the Cardrona valley with their loot and are making their escape to their hide out believed to be near Millers Flat.

Fraser’s Outlaws are a gang known to stay off the beaten track, often making their own way through the high and less travelled mountain passes of Central Otago.

Meeting Saturday 26th February

Cardrona Valley farm Tuohy’s Gully Road off Cardrona Valley Road on the Scurr Family farm.

Sunday 27th Leaving the Cardrona Valley we travel out on the Meg Hut Pack track over the south end of the Pisa Range to Waitiri station

Monday 28th From Waitiri we cross the Victoria Bridge SH6 crossing the flats up the AJ Hackett pipeline Bungy Road onto the Carrick Range and Mt Difficulty then down to our gracious hosts Gavin Hogg and Anne Lawson. To celebrate a couple of super days riding we will be having our fancy-dress night. The theme being Super Heros or Super Villains.  No room here for your mild-mannered alter ego so grab your cape and embrace your greatness

Tuesday 1st March Through Bannockburn we go out onto the Carrick Mountains to the Fraser dam where we will hold up for two nights

Wednesday 2nd A day for exploring Carrick and Hawkesburn stations out onto the Old Woman Range then back to our camp on the banks of the Fraser Dam for some “Outlaw games”.

Thursday 3rd We are aiming for the Obelisk and onward along the Old Man Range camping at Gunn’ s cattle yards with the Teviot Valley at our feet

Friday 4th Bullock Track is our path up and over Mt Benger and down to Ettrick to our last Camp at Gem Lake homestead

Saturday 5th We travel out through the hill between Ettrick and Millers flat then we descend down behind the Millers Flat Pub across the Bridge to our Host town Of Millers flat.

This Ride is well catered for by the Alexandra Lions. Well-tended to by Our Camp boss Rex Evans and his Team and well supported by our very capable group of Wranglers. We have some outstanding country to explore and our trail is best described as a moderate to challenging ride. Day length will be 7 to 8 hours where we are riding over some of the iconic ranges of Central Otago so a good level of fitness for both horse and rider is required.

Fraser’s Outlaws recruiting now so come and join our gang you don’t have to be a super hero but it helps.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss 0274812085 mandyandbill@xtra.co.nz

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

Tussock Creek Light Wagons and Riders

Trail Boss: John Black. 7 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Light wagons and horse ‘n riders are welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.

Approximately $830 Riders and drivers. $790 passengers and backups.

When do I need to be where? Waikerikeri Valley near Clyde. Arrive from 3pm onwards on Saturday the 25th February 2023

How hard will the days be? Approximately 30-40km per day. NOT a leisure ride like the Heavy Wagons but not quite as hard as some of the horse trails.

 

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, FANTASTIC FOOD, experienced Trail Boss and Wranglers. And a great bunch of other like minded wagon and horse enthusiasts! Really 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! (Unless you are a passenger attached to a wagon),

Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat

Jersey, balaclava, socks, longjohns, gloves

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

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?

What a trail we have for you -from wine ,the new gold, to super-fine merino!
On Saturday the 25 th Feb we meet near Clyde on McArthurs’ Road with the Dunstan Range as our backdrop. Arrive from 3pm onwards, all horses must be freshly shod. You will be shown the horse paddocks and where to leave your vehicle that is to be moved. Dinner is 7pm followed by a welcome talk and meet all the crew.

Sunday. We leave McArthurs with the Dunstan range beside us, as we travel towards Clyde. We will be able to view the biggest vineyard in the southern hemisphere. After crossing the Clyde bridge we pass by the historic Earnscleugh homestead and up Conroys Gully to the next night’s stay.

Monday. Upon leaving the Earnscleugh Station we wind our way down to Alexandra, crossing the bridge and then the Shakey Bridge leading us to climb the Bridge hill. With magnificent 360 degrees views we carry on to Little Valley through a truly unique landscape and arrive at Mt Campbell for two nights.

Tuesday, this is a rest day, with a ride and barbeque. This is also Party night, so a good time to socialise and dance the night away.

Wednesday. Today we ride through Mt Campbell Station up to the Knobby Range and near the old Dunstan trail where there are old stables from horse and coach days. Eventually we arrive at our destination for the night.

Thursday. After leaving Knobby Range road we climb up through the Kinaston Run, famous for it’s Snowline sheep. Once we cross the Teviot river we head down to our next woolshed for the night.

Friday. As the landscape changes from run country to more intensive farming we make our way through the historic Teviot area to overnight at Lime Hills.

Saturday. Today we ride and drive into Millers’ Flat for the grand finale of the 30 th cavalcade! And to especially celebrate with those special few who have done all 30!

Please remember this is a limited backup trail, and as we have two trucks to take all your gear which you will be loading each day, keep it to a minimum weight. Our caterers are the Oamaru Sea Scouts who have been with us for ever so you will be well fed and watered all week!

Questions about this trail in particular? Contact the Trail Boss: John Black 027 488 2768 ajstblack@gmail.com

Questions about the Cavalcade in general Contact the head office 03 4450111 terry@cavalcade.co.nz

ALLFLEX Heavy Hoofs and Wagon Wheels!

Where do we need to be when? Meet up on Saturday 25th February 2023. Beaumont.

What’s the cost? $290

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This trail is suited to those that like the more laid back approach to trekking.  This wagon trail was specifically set up to cater for the heavier and slower type of horse drawn wagon, though with saying that, we have in the last two years welcomed several enthusiastic Shetland Pony drivers to our trail and the pure grit of these little horses have really impressed everyone who has participated.

On average, we hope to travel 20km per day. You will be emailed more detailed travel directions closer to the start of the Cavalcade. 

This trail is the only horse trail on the Cavalcade that fully self-caters, meaning that each individual or group are responsible for their own meals for the week. Another thing particular to our trail is that our horses are individually penned at the end of the day so you need to supply your own electric fencing and feed requirements.  We also shift our own back up vehicles, which for this particular Cavalcade will only be twice.         

Unfortunately, at this stage all wagons are full and there are no seats available for any more passengers.  

Where are we going?

We will all meet on the Saturday at Beaumont Station where we will spend the next three days exploring the station (Sun-Tues).

Wednesday we will travel down to camp at the Beaumont Hotel where we hope to have our group party and fancy dress.

Thursday is our planned lay-day (Potential to do some local activities… anyone up for a jet boat ride?!!)

Friday we travel up the Millennium Trail to Millers Flat to our final camp of the week prior to the Grand Parade where we will have our combined meal, court session and give out the Meal and Hoe Down tickets.

Any catering or horse queries can be directed to Kaye Walker on the phone number below.  A more detailed recommended list of gear and directions to camp will be sent out with your confirmation of registration early next year.

We look forward to seeing everyone in February.

Trail Boss – Tony Cumberbeach cumberbeach29@gmail.com   0212 200 201                         

Wrangler – Kaye Walker  kayewalker66@gmail.com         0273 466 898

Questions about the Cavalcade in general and entry process, support… Ask the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

Darla LeFleming – Walking Trail

Fruits of the Past and Present!

Liethen Bush (Beyond Moa Flat) to Millers Flat

Trail Boss: Darla LeFleming. 4 days total – 2.5 full days walking this year, plus 1 part day into the host town Saturday morning.  Fully Catered and supported. Reasonably fit walkers and trampers welcome. Head out by 8am, typically in by late afternoon. Good days walking mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks and sheep tracks.

60 people max. Approximately $545 (plus a wee bit extra for transport, trying to keep this cheap so TBC)

When do I need to be where? Millers Flat by 1.30pm for registration – address will be supplied for secure vehicle parking in Feb 2023.

How hard will the days be? Between 15-25km per day, some days have some good honest climbs. You only have to carry a day pack. Your big pack and bedding it transferred for you. A High level of fitness is required this year as some steep terrain – ups and downs.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, a very experienced and fun team of leaders, a great bunch of other like minded outdoor enthusiasts! Really  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 the Otago mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time. 

From Millers Flat we are bussed to our first woolshed accommodation at Letham Bush. Tarps are provided to put down for sleeping arrangements in the covered yards and catching pens. Some bring tents, but please be aware, only one bag per person as weight can be an issue for our back up guys. 

What do I need to bring? 

Day pack
Waterproof coat/jacket, leggings & hat
Jersey, balaclava, socks, thermals, gloves
Hot weather gear e.g shorts & T shirt
Gaiters are a good idea to keep rubbish & rain out of boots
Towel & toilet articles
Sleeping bag & mat
Sunscreen & insect repellent
Personal items and a roll of loo paper
Small first aid kit for yourself
Camera & torch
Your own mug, plates, cutlery & a couple of tea towels
Water bottle (I recommend a second bottle for electrolytes) Plus a small thermos if you want to have a cuppa at the lunch stop
Personal medications
Money for the bar and Host Town
Baby wipes are handy when hand washing difficult
Folding chair/stool -(small enough to be in or strapped to your main gear bag.)

And don’t forget your period clothing related to the 1800’s! This is optional, but adds to the fun in the parade at the end of our trail, so come and be involved. Victorian dress or any related outfit to suit the era, and area, we are in.

Tuesday

We meet at the secure vehicle parking on Ovens Hill Road, Millers Flat, at 1.30pm for registration.

Travel by bus and mini vans to our first nights’ wool shed accommodation at Leithen Bush, “Highview Station”.  (This is a bit of a drive approx. 50 min)       

Wednesday

  • Walk out 8.00am

Up the roadway briefly, then down through “Parasol Runs” to a small river crossing into the “Hukarere Station”. This is undulating terrain. Lunching at a beautiful park like area, then from there we are metal road/track walking the remainder of the way, along the stunning Pomahaka River, to our nights’ accommodation at “Crown Rock Station”.

  • Support Vehicle to follow this afternoon heading to Crown Rock Station

Thursday

  • Walk out 8.00am

We cross back across the river via a walk bridge and meander up and down through an interesting area and through several farmers’ properties that boundary the river.

At this stage we will have a few hills heading to our nights accommodation in the afternoon, at an historic woolshed on “Moa Flat Downs Station”.

Friday

  • Walk out at 8.00am

We have a half day walk today through lovely farm land down to the back of the Millers Flat Hotel for our buffet lunch in their beer garden (weather permitting.) Our afternoon is easy with a tour to look forward to, then transported to our last woolshed at “Minzion Station”.

Our Friday night dance will be fun with a new local band this year. Don’t forget our theme of “Fruits of the Past and Present” wearing something small to add to the fun night. I have decided on a prize for the most imaginative dress idea for our theme night.

Saturday

  • Walk out at 8.30am, an extra half hour this morning to get over our previous night’s fun.
  • The terrain will be little undulations but mainly heading down to our parked vehicle area, to change for the parade at 12.00pm. Our period clothing is always a hit with the crowd and is our point of difference.

Fitness – Please ensure you are in tip top racing order for the amount of walking required. Parts of our trail we are unable to have constant vehicle access/back up so we need to be fit and well prepared.

Stay on after the parade to support the host town with Stalls during the day, and hoedown with dinner on the Saturday evening. This gives a wonderful social end to our walk.

Once registrations are completed with the Otago Gold Fields Heritage Trust a newsletter will be sent out in late January or early Feb with the relevant gear list and information for meeting in Twizel. There will be communication in regards to any changes with Covid19 sent to you by the Trust office.   WE DO HAVE A LIMIT OF 60 SO BE IN QUICK!!

So! Register, get yourself fit and come and join us, we look forward to your company.

For trail specific questions contact the trail boss – Darla Le Fleming

Phone: 0272780263       Email: leflemingdarla@gmail.com  

For general Cavalcade questions please contact the office 03 4450111 or terry@cavalcade.co.nz

‘Flat out to Millers Flat!’ – TRAMPING TRAIL

Entries open for OGHT members on the 1st October (1st November for everyone else)

Trail Boss: Steve Clark. 6 Days. Self supported. Fit trampers welcome. Head out by 8am, typically in by 4pm. Good solid days tramping over high country/farm 4WD tracks, sheep tracks, no tracks.

The fully self supported trail. Max 12 people. Carry all your own gear – real tramping – the way they did it back in 1862 (with possibly more comfortable boots)

$350 

Click here for Steve’s PDF with maps and all the details!

When do I need to be where? Millers Flat By 3pm Sunday 26th February 2023

How hard will the days be? Between 20-25km per day, some days have some good honest climbs. Because you are carrying a full tramping pack this is the hardest of the foot trails.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, huts/tenting in the mountains (depending on numbers and beds available in the huts), a great bunch of other like minded outdoor enthusiasts! Really  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 the 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?   Various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/merino mid weight tops, a warm pair of gloves, warm hat and/or Buff, SEAM SEALED water proof jacket. Toiletries. Couple of changes of undies. Your own plate/cutlery/mug. Sleeping bag and mat. Tent- Tent’s will be required.  Personal first aid kit with emergency blanket…

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Where are we going?

Sunday 
We will meet at Millers Flat, (location to be confirmed) from 3:00pm onwards. The cars will be left in
secure parking and you wiil be transferred to Bannockburn. Dinner will be at the Bannockburn Hotel that
evening.

Monday 
You will be transported to the start of the trail on the Nevis Road near Duffers Saddle.
We will start with an easy tramp through to the Old Woman Hut where we will stop for lunch. This hut will
be familiar to those of you who were on Peter Dymock’s trail into Cromwell in 2012.
Photos and details of the hut can be found here. After lunch we will continue along the ridgeline of the Old Woman Range before branching off to drop down to Whites hut for our first night. Whites hut is an old boundary rider’s hut dating back to 1850. The roof and walls are sound but the bunks have collapsed. We will use the hut to prepare our meals, but will sleep in tents for the night.

Tuesday 
We start today by regaining the ridgeline 310m above us, before continuing along the ridgeline for approximately 12km. Then, we again drop 240m down the eastern face of the range to our overnight stop at the Nicholsons hut. Goldminers working in an adjacent basin built this hut about 1900. It has also been used by Earnscleugh Station during their autumn muster.
A photo of the hut can be found here.
Approximate distance 19km.

Wednesday 
In what will become a familiar pattern we have to regain the ridgeline today coming out at Hyde Rock, a prominent schist outcrop. Along the ridgeline we pass derelict huts, the remains of earlier pastoral and goldmining activities, before once again dropping down a ridge to Junction hut on the Little Pomahaka River just upstream from an old opencast goldmine. The old Junction hut is a stone miners/musterers hut sleeping 3, while the new Junction hut is the old Beaumont telephone exchange sleeping 7. A photo of the hut can be found at https://hutbagger.co.nz/huts/junction-hut
Approximate distance 20km.

Thursday 
Again we start the day with a climb back up onto the ridgeline, before heading south through Moa Hills Station. The route takes us to Mt Benger Scenic Reserve and Mt Benger Road. Accomodation for tonight is still being sorted at the time of writing these notes.
Approximate distance 22km..

Friday 
We head onto Mt Benger Road and our steep descent to Ettrick.
Approximate distance 21km.

Saturday 
The final stage is into Millers Flat where we will meet up with the other trails for the Grand Parade and an afternoon and evening of country entertainment. Unfortunately the route will be entirely on SH8, but there is no way across the Clutha River to the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail.

Approximate distance 5km.

Questions? Specific to this trail? Ask the boss steveclark3177@gmail.com

Questions? In general about the Cavalcade or the registration process… contact the organiser terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

A Remarkable Clutha Run!

Trail Boss: Terry Davis. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Trail Runners and fast hikers welcome. Head out by 8:00am, typically in by 4pm. 25-35km per day mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks, single tracks, sheep tracks…

This is not a race! This is a recreational multi-day trail run/tramp.

Approximately $760 

When do I need to be where? Queenstown – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 4pm Sunday 26th Februray 2023. Alternate options are to park at Millers Flat and be uplifted from there at 1pm (bring $20 for the bus). Qzn Airport collection is available – if flying out of Queenstown book a late afternoon flight on the Sunday and we can get you back there)

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How hard will the days be? Between 25-35km per day, plenty of good honest climbs (And some amazing ridges) and a couple of flattish days where you will be following the new cycle trails beside the Clutha River. This is more about a fun experience than any sort of race! But you will have some amazing experiences in places quite challenging for running/hiking.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, GREAT FOOD, fun leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor nutters! Really 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?   Various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/merino mid weight tops, a warm pair of gloves, warm hat and/or Buff, SEAM SEALED water proof jacket. Toiletries. Couple of changes of undies. Your own plate/cutlery/mug. Sleeping bag and mat. Tent- Tents will be required every night – although, so that the back-up crew don’t need to carry too many tents, we will be encouraging sharing! So if you are coming with a friend one between two or three will be fine. If you are stuck we can source an extra tent or two. One large pack per person and your sleeping matt/bag will be transferred for you each day. You will need to run with a decent day-pack that can carry 1L of water, snacks, jacket, emergency blanket…

Oh and don’t forget your dress-ups for the parade! Items of ‘period’ costume to be brought and left in your car to be changed into before the grand parade 12pm on the Saturday. (We have a box of dress-ups that might work for some of ya)

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Where are we going? 

Meet Sunday 26th Feb at Wye Creek (look for the CamelBak Banner on the gate beside HW6 for our first night. Evening meal provided.

Monday. Straight into it! We dont actually follow Wye Creek track, rather we take the neighboring farmers track up the Remarkables, past Ben Nevis (the mountain) and down to our nights accommodation at Ben Nevis high country station. Stunning views in all directions. (26-30kms?)

Tuesday. Heading to Bannockburn via Mt Difficulty. Stunning views in all directions. (35kms?)

Wednesday. Heading to Earnscleugh along the flash new Cromwell Gorge trail. Stunning views ahead and to your right (if you look left across the lake you’ll see the highway) Finish the day will a wee climb to Frazer Dam where we will be camping beside one of the horse trails and joining them for thioer mid-week party – Theme is Bandits and Wenches! (40km?)

Thursday – Back uphill onto the Old Man Range, visit Kopuwai then down to Fruitlands.

Friday. Options for another big hill day (50km?) or take a boat ride down lake Roxburgh a wee way then easier gradient lake and river side trail (40km). Both options start off with a gentle traverse around and old miners water race. Eventually finishing at Pinders Pond near Roxburgh.

Saturday. Short run down the beautiful Clutha Gold Trail to Millers Flat in time to get ready for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!

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Questions? About the Trail in particular call the trail boss Terry 021 2846844 or email terry@cavalcade.co.nz  

Questions? About the Cavalcade in general? terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111