‘The Family Friendly 3.5day Cloverleaf Trail’.


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.

$525 for riders. $505 Backups.

When do I need to be where? Ribbonwood Station, near Omarama – lunch is provided then a 4hr ride that afternoon. Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

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 McKenzie Country 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

Where are we going? 

Meeting up Wednesday 3rd March at Ribbonwood Station in from Omarama for lunch. Meet and greet and a 4hr ride that afternoon to let the horses get to know each other!

Thursday. Head out the back of beyond for big ride over some beautiful rolling country. Huge vistas of the Southern Alps. 6-8hrs riding approx 

Friday. Some nice flats, some good hills, stunning vistas and another 6-8hrs in the saddle.

Saturday. We load up and move camp to Twizel (horses in floats). A short ride around Twizel 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

Sorry Folks. This trail is full. And the waitlist is also full. Please choose another 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.

$760.

When do I need to be where? Meeting  after 2pm on Sunday the 28th February 2021 at Ashridge Downs, owned by Hamish Thompson, Cochranes Road (it is the only property on this road ), it is at the end of the road. Hakataramea Valley. It is 33km up the valley turn right onto Scotts Bridge road (after Cattle creek Hall ) then right onto Menzies road approx 1.9km onto Cochranes road.

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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 up the Hakataramia then 3 nights near Twizel). 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? Exact details still being confirmed, but…

Monday: A great ride to see the awesome countryside keep your eyes peeled for wallabies.

Tuesday:  Great hill country with amazing views to the coast from the Hunter hills and up the valley.

Wednesday:  shorter ride before we pack up and move to our next camp near Twizel.

Thursday: New camp at Totara peak station on the lovely shores of lake Benmore. with more amazing views to Mt Cook and even a few wild stags to be seen.

Friday: Great wee ride meandering up the river that feeds lake Benmore.

Saturday: move in to Twizel 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 ‘Hightrailing it through the Hakataramea!’ RIDING TRAIL

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Trail Boss: Mick O’Callaghan. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Horse ‘n riders welcome. Ride out by 7am, typically in by 3pm. Good solid days riding over high country/farm 4WD tracks and cross country.

$770 riders. $735 backup.

When do I need to be where? Meeting Sunday 28 February from 2pm Attwell Park Scout Camp  –  Mill Road Waimate.

How hard will the days be? Between 30-40km per day. This year will be another spectacular ride over some incredible, varying country from native bush, pine forest, high tops into the head of the Haka Valley, traversing into the expansive Mackenzie basin, onwards towards Twizel. Our emphasis this year is to keep the day length down to approx. 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 South Canterbury 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

A tent or bivvy for the Tuesday night.

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? 

Monday. 7 Hours Riding. Leaving Attwell Park we ride through some beautiful native bush, then  on to forestry country  through the tussock laden Hunter Hills onwards to the summit of Mt Studhome 1086m.  On a clear day views to Banks Peninsula, Mt Hutt, Wainono Lagoon Myers Pass, Lindis Pass, and Hakataramea pass. Generally  a great view of where we are heading for the week!

Following the ridge line track for the decent off Mt Sudholme  heading to the North Branch of the Waihao River. To find the  historic woolshed that boundaries Mt Cecil, Kaiwarua, and Mt Studhome stations, then following the old Coach Road into the Historic Pentland Hills Homestead for our night stop.

Tuesday. 7 Hours riding. Leaving Pentland Hills crossing the South Branch of the Waihao river through the Pentland hills forestry area onto the Campbell ranges. With beautiful views once again back onto the old Kaiwarua Coach Road towards our evening stop at Kimbrace, where we will pass the old yards and historic cottage now used by wallaby and possum hunters.

Wednesday. 7 hours riding. This will also be a lovely ride into the Hakataramea Valley via the North Branch of the Waihao river and following the  South West side of the Hunter Hills heading for our next night stop in the head of the Hakataramea  Valley.

Thursday. 8 hours riding. Today we climb our way out of the Hakatarmea Valley via the Kirkleston Range  and Grampians Ranges   towards Steamlands and Greys Hills  towards our night stop.

Friday 6 Hours riding. Today will be a journey across the mighty Mackenzie Basin leaving Greys Hill/ Streamlands area crossing the Tekapo River, Pukaki river into the Twizel River onwards towards Twizel.

Saturday Short ride into town for the Host town parade and celebrations.

Unfortunately, due to the trail path and logistics it will be too difficult to provide our daily vehicle ferrying option this year, so we suggest that groups of people get together to bring their own back up driver. Each back up driver should be able to do two trips per day.  Therefore, if you had 4 people travelling in one Float or Truck and the driver moved 2 vehicles that will be approx. $100 each to have your own back up driver, similar to the cost of daily ferrying.  So drag up those non riding family members/ friends etc. (we will form a facebook chat or messenger group to help assist with this.) This will be another fantastic trip with awesome people from all over the country.

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/

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 Sheep Rustlers’

Les Beattie

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.

$770 riders. $735 backup

When do I need to be where? We meet at Dry Creek Station on the northern side of the Meikleburn Saddle from 3pm onwards.

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 Canterbury 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? (TBC)

Sunday. 28 Feb. We meet at Dry Creek Station on the northern side of the Meikleburn Saddle from 3pm onwards.

Monday. Today we pass one of NZ’s oldest stone huts before climbing up 1,000 meters with views over Lake Opuha and dropping down to Clayton Station for the night.

Tuesday. We ride out up the North Opuha River with stunning views of Fox Peak before sidling around the Sherwood Range, past Mt Dobson to Woodburn Station at the base of the Two Thumb Range.

Wednesday. Following the base of the Two Thumb Range towards Burkes Pass we will then ride along the top of the Rollesby Range through to the Mackenzie Pass looking down into the vast Mackenzie Basin with Aoraki Mt Cook as a backdrop, finishing the day at Grampians Station. This is our biggest day.

Thursday. Today we ride out towards Grays Hill Station, around hills that descend from a peak of 942 metres and cascade into an array of slopes and gullies.

Friday. Heading towards our final station, Ben Ohau, we ride across the Mackenzie Basin up the Pukaki River towards the stunning Lake Pukaki where we cross the canal with a back drop of Aoraki Mt Cook.

Saturday. A short ride today into the host town of Twizel.

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

Valley of the Lyon!

Bill Butler on rockTrail 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.

$800 riders. $760 backup

When do I need to be where? Meeting Saturday 27th February at Ben Avon Station in the Ahuriri Valley. Will be sign posted from Highway 8, Omarama- Lindis Pass road.

How hard will the days be? An easier ride than our normal adventures due to less ranges to climb but you will find the scenery absolutely breath taking as we explore areas untouched by previous cavalcades. 

Between 30-40km per day. 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

Where are we going? 

Sunday 28th Feb. Ben Avon to Ribbonwood. 7 to 8hour ride of easy contour. We start our adventure traveling out across Ben Avon’s river flats, cross the Ahuriri River and follow the east branch over a low saddle to Ribbonwood. We arrive with plenty of time to prepare for the “ice breaking games” night ahead of you, so you can get to know your fellow trail mates in interesting and amusing ways.

Monday.  Ribbonwood to Lake Ohau Station. 7 hours ride. Upon leaving Ribbonwood, we hug the foot hills of the Ohau range and pop out at the Lake Ohau Lodge, where we ride along the shores of the lake. Lake Ohau will be our constant companion from now on . Ohau means “Windy Place” so you may need to tie your hat down as the wind blows your troubles away. We camp on the shores of the lake in a most picturesque spot

Tuesday. Lake Ohau to Huxley Gorge Station. 7 hours. The two stations are not far apart so our cooks and back-ups will have a short hop up the road. We have the day to explore the Maitland valley and the Temple creeks arriving with plenty of time you to decide if you want to be good or bad for the Fancy Dress night. The theme is “Saints and Sinners.”

Wednesday. Huxely Gorge Station  to Glen Lyon. 7 to 8hrs of Valley riding with river crossings. We will Travel up the Hopkins river exploring this stunning river valley then head over the top of Lake Ohau and travel down to the trails name sake “Glen Lyon Station”. We will be spending two nights at Glen Lyon.

Thursday. 7 hrs. The Dobson river awaits us as we ride up the valley drinking in this iconic spot and then return home with a roar to Glen Lyon

Friday. Glen Lyon to Twizel 7 to 8Hrs.  We ride out down the valley beside our beloved Lake Ohau, then up and over Flannagan’s Pass (1225 metres) where we pop out on the flats opposite Twizel. We will have a band to help us roar for one last time as a pride

Saturday. Short ride into Twizel for parade and the excellent afternoon and evening entertainment provided by our gracious host town, Twizel.

This is a moderate type ride this year in some of the most amazing scenery. Horses will need to be fit and well shod, we have plenty of river work which is hard on shoes. We are in the Southern Alps so have riding gear for all weathers. 

Back-ups are welcome and are under the control of our Camp Boss, Rex Evans. We are well feed by our amazing caters “The Alexandra Lions”. Quite fitting to be fed by Lions in “The Valley of the Lyon” Trail, so Roar on in and join our Pride

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.

$770 Riders and drivers. $730 passengers and backups.

When do I need to be where? Meet at Round Hill Station near the top of the famous Hakataramea Valley.This is approx 53kms from Kurow. Arrive from 3pm onwards on Saturday the 27th February 2021

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? 

Our cooks once again are The Oamaru Scouts been with us over 20 years

(Don’t forget this is a limited back up trail we are trying to do what the gold miners did but we have 2 trucks to take all your gear and your horses feed etc  keep your gear to a minimum weight as you have to lift it each day)

Saturday 27th Feb. We meet at Round Hill Station near the top of the famous Hakataramea Valley.This is approx 53kms from Kurow. Arrive from 3pm onwards(all horses must be freshly shod).You will be shown where the horse paddocks are and where to leave your vehicle that is to be shifted. Dinner will be 7pm followed by a welcome talk and an introduction to the crew.

Sunday..As we leave Round Hill to ride through part of the station we have the Kirkliston range beside us and Mt Dalgety in front at the head of the valley. Our day’s ride ends at the Hunters Hills which was part of the historic Hakataramea Downs.

Monday.Today we travel through farm land down the valley towards our next night’s stay.This will be a pleasant ride with the Hakataramea river beside us. 

Tuesday  &  Wednesday. Leaving Wairua we ride and drive across the valley floor,after crossing the Haka river.We are heading for our next destination for two nights under the Kirkliston Range which will tower above us at heights of 1000 to 1800 metres.This is party night and a great time to  celebrate and dance the night away!Wednesday is a rest day if you wish but there will be a picnic ride and drive down the Rabbiters Fence.

Thursday. After  leaving Invercroy we have a good climb up the Haldon Pass and have spectacular views into the MacKenzie Basin of lakes Tekapo and Pukaki.And hopefully of Mt Cook.We wind our way down to Grays Hills for the night.

Friday. With spectacular scenery all around us we make our way down to the Haldon camping  ground and cross the Pukaki river. Traversing the river flats we eventually arrive at Bendrose Farm.

Saturday. Well after a week of socialising and riding and driving through amazing country we enter Twizel for the parade, dinner  and hospitality of the Twizel folk.

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 27th February 2021. Burkes Pass.

What’s the cost? $270

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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 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, this will be a full shift meaning that we will be floating our horses also on these shifts.                 

Where are we going?

Saturday 27th Feb

Everyone gathers at Burkes Pass. For those that are travelling some distance the land owners are happy for you to start arriving on Friday 26th,( from mid-afternoon on please).  We will have pre-dinner drinks and nibbles as a meet and greet from 5pm on Saturday.                                                                    Please note there is NO cell phone coverage in this area.

Sunday 28th / Monday 1st / Tuesday 2nd The riders over these days have the option of leaving the wagons and riding up to take advantage of some spectacular views or staying with the wagons and carts for the day.                Tuesday is a half day ride/drive before the first of our full shifts.

Wednesday 3rd / Thursday 4th Over these two days we will again be travelling over some terrific country and we are camped next to Lake Tekapo at Mt Haze Station.  Thursday night we will be holding our Pot Luck Dinner and fancy dress, a ‘Witches & Warlocks’ theme, sounds fun!!  Casey Evans (our very own singer/song writer) will again be entertaining us and judging the fancy dress.

Friday 5th Today is our Lay Day and second of our full shifts into our final camp at Twizel.

Saturday 6th Grand Parade 

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

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

Salmon is the new Gold!

Clay Cliffs to Twizel

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Trail Boss: Darla LeFleming. 4 Days. 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.

50 people max. $475

When do I need to be where? Twizel –  By 3pm Tuesday 2nd March 2021

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 reasonable level of fitness is required!

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 McKenzie country. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time. 

From Twizel we are bussed to our first woolshed accommodation. 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. 

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What do I need to bring? 

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
Towel & toilet articles
Sleeping bag & mat/stretcher
Sunscreen & insect repellent
Personal items and a roll of loo paper
Small first aid kit for yourself
Camera & torch
Your own mug, plates, cutlery & tea towel–unless stated otherwise
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
Folding chair/stool.

And don’t forget your period clothing related to the 1800’s era of Gold panning or Salmon fishing. 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.

Where are we going? 

Wednesday 3rd March. Our first day is our biggest, leaving from the Clay Cliffs area near Omarama. We will be stretching the legs, so you will need to have fitness at a level to walk at least 25kms in a day with ease! This is for your own enjoyment and stressed bodies don’t create fun!

Thursday (approx. 16.5km) sees us exploring an interesting Conservation area, then a surprise pre dinner speaker – nibbles (provided) and drinks (BYO) at the end of our day.

Friday (approx. 20km) we have an interesting climb that provides a stunning 360 degree view of this beautiful area. We lunch down by the lake to take advantage of a possible rowing regatta (Covid permitting) plus a much needed swim!

We have a wonderful fun night of music at our last wool shed, so be prepared to dance the night away.

Saturdays final walk into Twizel (approx. 10km) where we will dress into clothing related to the 1800’s era of Gold panning or Salmon fishing. This is optional, but adds to the fun 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.

Fitness – Please ensure you are in tip top racing order for the amount of walking required. We do have our support vehicles with us for part of the trail for pickups if necessary, but they are unable to be there all the time with the terrain.

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

‘A Tough Trail to Twizel!’ – WALKING TRAIL

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)

$370 

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

When do I need to be where? Twizel By 4pm Sunday 28th February 2021

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 McKenzie Country Mountains. At this time of year it is typically warm/hot but southerly storms can blow through (short lived) at any time.

twizel scenic 2

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 on nights 2 and 3.  Personal first aid kit with emergency blanket…

Where are we going?

Sunday 28 February 2021 We will meet at Twizel, (location to be confirmed) from 4:00pm onwards and have dinner in Twizel that evening. 

Monday 1 March 2021 Your cars will be left in a secure location in Twizel and you will be transported to the start of the trail approximately 2km south of the Lindis Pass. We will start with an easy tramp through to Smiths Creek and the Lindis Hut where we will stop for lunch. Photos and details of the hut can be found at https://hutbagger.co.nz/huts/lindis-hut After lunch we will continue up Smiths Creek to its source and a saddle that will take us into the Lindis River. From the Lindis River we will have a climb of about 160m to the Burnt Bush hut for our first night. Approximate distance 16km 

Tuesday 2 March 2021 We start today by re-tracing our steps down to the Lindis River and following it upstream with a steady climb, before encountering the stiff climb up to the ridgline to the south-east of Mt Melina. From here it is largely downhill to the Tin Hut and a tributary of the Avon Burn. At this point we join the Te Araroa trail and follow it to the Ahuriri Valley. Our accommodation tonight is the Ribbonwood Station hut on the east side of the river. The state of the river will determine our route from the Avon Burn to the hut. Approximate distance 28km. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021 First up today is a long steady climb alongside the Ribbonwood Stream up to the head of the valley where there is a steep climb up onto the ridgeline. Following the ridgeline we pass Snowy Top (1,734m), Diadem (1,680m) and False Diadem (1,727m) before descending steadily to the Quailburn and the Quailburn campsite. Accommodation tonight will be in tents. Approximate distance 22km. 

Thursday 4 March 2021 The trail today follows the Tarnbrae Track along the foot of the Ohau Range rising steadily to 900m. At Freehold Creek we rejoin the Te Araroa trail and follow it to Sawyer Creek before dropping down to the Glen Mary Ski Club and the Lake Ohau Road. We follow the road to the Lake Middleton campsite for our final night on the trail. Accommodation will again be in tents. Approximate distance 19km. 

Friday 5 March 2021 Today is a long day but mainly on the flat following the shoreline of Lake Ohau on the Te Araroa trail before branching off to follow the Ohau River down to Lake Ruataniwha and Max Smith Drive. Our destination is on Max Smith Drive opposite Lake Ruataniwha. As has been customary Anna will provide dinner to celebrate the completion of the trial. Approximate distance 27km. 

Saturday 6 March 2021 As almost an anticlimax we will have a very short 3km jaunt into Twizel where we will meet up with the other trails for the Grand Parade and an afternoon and evening of country entertainment.

Monday 24 February 2020 We will meet at the Patearoa Domain from 9:00am onwards. Your cars will be left in a secure location in Pateraroa and you will be transported to the start of the trail at the intersection of Linburn Runs Road and the Serpentine Road.

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

Running Through the Barrier!

roger

Trail Boss: Roger Leslie. 5 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.

$750

When do I need to be where? End of Birchwood Road, Ahuriri Valley – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 4pm Monday 1st March 2021. Alternate options are to park at Holiday Park, Twizel and be uplifted from there at 1pm (bring $20 for the bus trip) or be uplifted from (and returned to) Queenstown Airport ($50) by 12pm.

How hard will the days be? Between 25-35km per day, 2nd day has a good climb of 1600m, remaining days no where near so much. 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.

“Mount Stafford and Mount Peterson at the head of Maitland Stream.”

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 Canterbury 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- 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)

Where are we going? 

Meet Monday 1st at the end of Birchwood Rd, Ahuriri Valley for our first night. Evening meal provided.

Tuesday. An incredible warm-up day planned! A climb of 600 mtrs over into the Dingle Burn top hut (the only bit of the week in Otago) and back to camp. Stunning views in all directions. (25kms)

Wednesday. The biggest day. Up the 4WD track (Ahuriri Valley) to Shamrock Hut, then following the Watson Stream (East Branch) up the Maitland Saddle in the Barrier Range (1,100 mtrs climb). This is quite a scramble but the view at the top will be worth the suffering. Then down to Temple Creek and 6kms of DOC track to the cark park and camp (35 kms).

Thursday – A mostly flat day crossing the Hopkins and Dobson rivers. For those that are that way inclined there is a nice climb up Ram Hill from the campsite (1368 mtrs) and great views over Lake Ohau. Camp is at Greta Lodge on the edge of Ohau (28kms)

Friday. Up a well formed track to the top of Ben Ohau (1522 mtrs) and on down to Twizel (25kms) camping at the Twizel Holiday Park where showers will be available. 

Saturday. Relaxing and getting ready for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!

Questions? About the Trail in particular call the trail boss Roger 021 761 087 or email roger.leslie@corrections.govt.nz

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