Jane Whitmore’s Simplenakedsoap Clover Leaf Trail

This trail is now full. Please contact the office if you want to try your luck. 03 4450111 terry@cavalcade.co.nz

Meet up on Sunday 23rd Feb near Wedderburn. Grand Parade 12pm Saturday 29th Feb. Final details TBC…

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. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where? Mark and Debbie Dowlings property, Plantation Road, Wedderburn from 3pm on the 23rd February 2020.

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 at Wedderburn then 3 nights near Patearoa). 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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  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

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…

Mon 24th Feb – Ride out across rolling farmland and steeper hill country to Little Mount Ida.
Tues 25th Feb – Heading West past Wedderburn, along Rough Ridge to Oturehua. Visit Hayes Engineering for lunch and to view this historic site.
Wed 26th Feb – Shorter ride to the Eweburn Dam, then move camp to Stuart and Tracey Weir’s property near Pateoroa.
Thurs 27th Feb – Venture out around historic mining sites and climb high into the Rock and Pillars. Great views of the Maniototo.
Fri 28th Feb – Ride out through “The Beeches” and along the Rock and Pillars. More great views today.
Sat 29th Feb – Short ride into Pateoroa, our host town,  for Grand Parade and Hoe Down .

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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 RIDING TRAIL

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Registrations open now. Click here to sign up!

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

$800 riders. $765 backup. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where? Out the back of St. Bathans from 3pm on the 23rd February 2020.

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.

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What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting and historic sites/relics,  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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Mt Buster

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

Where are we going? (TBC)

Monday 24th. Heading up Dunstan creek for some stunning sight seeing  and back out to Falls Dam area for a night stop.
Tuesday 25th. We will be heading out on a camp out to Tailings creek weather permitting.  all riders must be prepared to pack lightly and have a tent to camp out in.
Amazing views, big climb early morning then on tops for most of the day, dropping down to Tailings creek for the night. (No back-ups this night, you’ll need a tent!)
Wednedsay 26th Ascend out  the through the Buster to the White sands over Mt Kyeburn dropping down to Danseys pass for a quick refeshement and off down to our night stop.
Thursday 27th A leisurely stroll down the river and farmland into the  Waipaiata,/Kokonga area.
Friday 28th Climb on top of the Rock and Pillar range out through to Patearoa Station.
Saturday 29th An easy stroll into Patearoa for the Celebrations.
Back ups are welcome, except the Tuesday night when there is no access for back ups.
Gear will be transported for you by 4×4.
Horses must be very  fit,  shod,  and well used to gear incl sturdy breastplate, and crupper if necessary.

 

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

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

Les Beattie Riding trail

Les BeattieTrail 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.

$780 riders. $740 backup

OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where?

We meet at Les Beattie’s, Maungatua Run (near Lake Mahinerangi) 3pm on the 23rd February 2020.

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  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! (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

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)

Monday 24th: We ride over hill country tussock farmland –  Beattie’s and their neighbours properties, with fabulous views over the Taieri plains and also Lake Mahinerangi. We return to Beattie’s woolshed for a second night.

Tuesday 25th:. We ride past Lee Steam School (gold coin day), through farmland and down into the Taieri Gorge. We cross the road/rail bridge – the Hindon Viaduct high above the river, then make our way to Lamb Hill Station near Hindon.

Wednesday 26th: From Lamb Hill Station we wind our way down and cross the 3 o’clock stream, ride beside Mt Piri, cross the top of the Manuka Stream and on to Stoneburn Station in the Nenthorn Valley.

Thursday 27th: We cross the Nenthorn Stream, ride up onto Billy’s Ridge and over the top of the Taieri Ridge. Hopefully we will look into “The Crater”. Then we head to “Hartfield” on the edge of the Taieri River.

Friday 28th: This will be a big day’s ride –we cross the Taieri River, ride up and over the Rock and Pillars range, then down towards Waipiata – we will be staying on Beckers Rd.

Saturday 29th. We will have a short ride into the host town, Patearoa

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

The Knight Raiders!

Registrations open now. Click here to sign up!

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.

$770 riders. $730 backup

OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where? Grays hills,  Mackenzie country. From 3pm on the 22nd February 2020.

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 testring for horse and rider because of terrain. A good level of fitness and experience required.

 

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  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? 

This trail is a “Knights Quest” to explore the interesting and more remote areas of North Otago. We will crusade south on our journey to Patearoa. 

We are a welcoming group for the seasoned and new cavalcader’s , with an experienced group of wranglers to help you complete and enjoy your ride. Laughs and smiles are our coat of arms as well creating lasting memories for you to take home.

The day length of our trail is usually about 7 to 8 hours riding with the odd day a bit longer but these are the exception rather than the rule. 

Starting usually at 7am for breakfast, riding out at 8am. If we do have a longer day, I like to start earlier My aim is to be off the horses by 4.30 -5pm, allowing plenty of refreshment time for all. 

We are a trail that will choose the high road because that’s the way we roll, so a good level of fitness for horse and rider is essential. Good clothing is a must, be prepared for all weather conditions.

Saturday 22nd Feb meeting in the area of Grays hills, nestled in the Mackenzie country. 

Sunday 23rd Feb Good big day to start with, up and out onto the tops running parallel to Lake Benmore. Aiming for our first camp overlooking Lake Aviemore

Monday 24th Feb From Aviemore we climb up and over, the bottom of the Kirkliston’s into the Hakataramea valley and onto Kurow. This is our fancy dress “knight” and the theme being Medi-evil so from peasant to king or be ye wench or princess, the ruler of the seven kingdoms is still up for grabs. come and join our “Game of Thrones!!.”

Tuesday 25th Feb Our ride takes use up through the Awakino saddle, out into an area that is full to the brim of gold mining history. The syndicate country is great riding and our destination below, Mt Buster will be fitting end to magnificent day. Tents may be required for this night

Wednesday 26th Feb Around Naseby skirting the foothills to Wedderburn.

Thursday 27th We will head out along the Rough ridges with the Maniototo opened out before us.

I plan to cheat a bit in the afternoon and float the last bit into Patearoa. 

Well, after all we are high country riders and the flat is not our natural environment

Friday 28th Feb This is a loop day, riding up onto the Rock and Pillars with a magnificent view of our host town then back to our castle for a celebration of completion of our epic journey

Saturday 29th Feb Short hop and a skip into Patearoa

You will be feed like Kings and Queens by the Alexandra Lions. 

All your gear will be ferried from night spot to night spot .

Backup drivers are welcome but expected to help around the camp. If you have any queries please ring or text me on 0274812085 .

So, saddle up your mighty steed and lets us embark on this Knights Raid

Sir Bill Butler aka “The Black Knight”

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – 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

Registrations are now open! Click here to sign up.

Trail Boss: Chris Bayne. 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.

$30 discount for OGHT members

When do I need to be where? Ardgour near Tarras, from 3pm on the 22nd February 2020.

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics,  FANTASTIC FOOD, the longest serving 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? 

Saturday 22nd. We meet at Ardgour approx 10kms from Tarras. Arrive from 3pm onwards (all horses must be freshly shod) You will be showed where your paddocks are and where to leave your vehicle that is to be shifted. Dinner will be at 7pm followed by a welcome talk and to introduce all the crew.

Sunday 23rd. As we leave “Ardgour” we go along  the flats and start to climb up and reaching the top we will be at 1000ft we have wonderful views of The Pisa Range, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, and over looking at The Hawkden  and St Bathans mountains .We will have lunch by a miners hut with a stream running close by and continue down the Dunstan Mountains to our nights stop.

Monday 24th  Today we go down the rest of the track and go through farmland to head towards Lauder for our night stop.

Tuesday 25th. This morning we cross the Manuherikia River to climb up a farm track over the blackstone hill and down to Oturehua we are staying in a woolshed in the little town and will visit the historic Oturehua store ( meant to be the oldest general store in New Zealand) and still operating. The hotel is well worth a visit and just down the road is Hayes Engineering well worth a visit. John McCabe will be singing tonight so a good dance for everyone.

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th

Over the end of the Ridges we climb and coming down to lovely rolling country with great views of the Rock and Pillar and we will be staying two nights. So Thursday will be a BBQ and picnic day.

Friday 28th

Easy going today as we come off the hills to see all the diary farms and also the home of a lot of historic high country stations and the Taieri River. We travel to ‘The Bend” for our last night.

Saturday 1st March

After a awesome week we make our way to Patearoa 7kms away to enjoy the parade the dinner and hoe down and all the hospitality this small country town will give us.

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)

 

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – Chrisbayne@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

The Heavy Wagons

Registrations open now. Click here to sign up!

$290 OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

Meet up on Saturday 22nd Feb Pigroot Creek. Grand Parade 12pm Saturday 29th Feb.

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This trail is suited to those that like the more laid back approach to trekking and with the heavier type working horse, a more sedate pace. As this wagon trail was specifically set up to cater for the heavier and slower type of horse drawn wagon it is expected that all participants understand we cater for the pace set by them. If you are a teamster that has a team of horses that wants to trot everywhere can’t stand still for any period of time or a rider that has a horse that resents having to do the same, this is the wrong trail for you. We recommend you try an alternative trail option.

We will be covering on average of 20kms per day over easy rolling country along farm tracks, paper roads, the Rail Trail and a small amount of public road and are lucky enough to be able have four nights at the one camp site.

The Heavy Wagon 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 requirements. We also shift our own back up vehicles each morning where necessary, unless you are lucky enough to have your own backup driver.

We will be having a social night with the fancy dress theme being something that starts with the letter G, get those thinking caps on and let’s hope we have as great a response as last year!! (Thanks to all those that sent in suggestions, this is what was drawn out of the hat !!) There will be a lay day to follow, though there is an option organised for those that want to go for a drive or ride, we will probably have our Pot Luck meal on this night.
Unfortunately, at this stage all wagons are full and there are no seats available for any
more passengers.

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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

 

Sandra Cain – Walking Trail

Silver boots on the Dunstan!

Ida Valley to Patearoa

Online registrations for this trail are now closed because it is close to being over-subscribed. If you would like to get on this trail please contact the office terry@cavalcade.co.nz 03 4450 111.

Trail Boss: Sandra Cain. 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.

$420 for current OGHT financial members. $450 for non members.

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain –  By 3pm Tuesday 25th February 2020

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, 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 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.

This year we will experience some of the most stunning scenery in this part Central Otago with its dramatic rock formations, tussock tops and sweeping views of the surrounding valleys. Poolburn Dam is a beautiful area with its many quaint buildings many of which remind us of those original kiwi batches that New Zealand is known for.

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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.

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.

Where are we going? 

Wednesday 26th Feb. In the morning we walk along the flats and onto the Old Dunstan Trail with its spectacular views over the Ida Valley we will follow the trail until we reach our destination at the Poolburn Dam where we will camp for the night.

On Thursday we cross the dam and continue on the Dunstan Trail. From the tussock tops we will have awesome views over the Maniototo Plain. We descend to the valley floor and make our way to our woolshed at The Bend for the night.

Friday. Leaving the Bend we make our way along the rock clad foot hills into Patearoa.

We will be transported to our accommodation for the night at Puketoi woolshed.

Saturday morning we return to Patearoa for the parade at noon.

Our trail as always is about the country side and our walkers. It will be a fun trip through an amazing landscape with a group of wonderful people.

A high standard of tramping fitness is required, as most days involve 6-7 hours walking over varied terrain. Our backup team will transport your gear, but walkers will need to carry a daypack containing personal effects. Caterers will provide our meals and accommodation will be in Woolsheds and a Marquee.

A safe parking area is available for those wishing to leave their cars at Patearoa. Transport will be available on Tuesday afternoon to take you to the our woolshed in the Ida Valley where our trail begins.

A news letter will be sent out in late January.

This is a non smoking trail.

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

For trail specific questions contact the trail boss – Sandra Cain 0276903075 walkingtrail@xtra.co.nz 

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

‘A pack on my back to Patearoa’ – WALKING TRAIL

Registrations open now, click here!

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)

$330 for current OGHT financial members. $360 for non members.

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

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 3pm Sunday 23rd February 2020

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, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, two nights 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 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- Tent’s will be required on nights 2 and 3.  Personal first aid kit with emergency blanket…

Where are we going?

This 6 day, 103km walk takes in the historic Serpentine Diggings before crossing the Taeri River to Paerau and the Rock and Pillar Range. From the Loganburn Reservoir we will follow the ridge of the Rock and Pillar Range before dropping down to the historic Hamilton Diggings. On our final day we will walk into Patearoa to join the other Cavalcade trails for the grand parade.

While there will be a number of ascents and descents, the elevation gains will be considerably less than we experienced in 2019 on the Pisa Mountains. The first day will involve a climb from 570m ASL to the Serpentine Diggings at 1,030m ASL before dropping down to the Serpentine Flat and Paerau School at 560m ASL. The highest point on the Rock and Pillar Range is Summit Rock at 1450m ASL, while Hamilton’s Diggings are at 640m ASL. We should have plenty of time to explore the old gold diggings, tailings and water races at Serpentine and Hamiltons. Weather permitting there will be fabulous vistas of the Upper Taieri Valley, Strath Taieri and the Maniatoto. The trail finishes on Saturday walking to Patearoa for the Grand Parade.

This trail is for fit, experienced trampers who must be capable of carrying up to 16 – 18 kg for up to 28 km per day over rough farm tracks with some steep ascents and descents. Accommodation will be in high country huts, and a former school. The trail is independent with all personal gear, food and shared gear carried by the walkers. There will be no back-up vehicle. It is self catering on the trail, but the evening meal on the final night will be catered.

Please feel free to ring or email me if you have any questions relating to the trail.

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

Roger Leslie Running Trail.

roger

Running for Gold!

Registrations open now. Click here to sign up.

Trail Boss: Roger Leslie. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. Trail Runners and fast hikers welcome. Head out by 7.30am, typically in by 4pm. 30-40km 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.

Entries open 1st October for OGHT members and 1st November for general riff-raff.

$715. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 10am Sunday 23rd February 2020

How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, 2nd day has a good climb of 1000m, remaining days no where near so much. This is more about a fun experience than an any sort of race! But you will have some amazing and in places quite challenging running/hiking.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics…  First night tenting in the mountains, FANTASTIC FOOD, fun leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor nutters! 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.

omarama saddle

Mt St Bathans1

Blue Lake

behind naseby

Otago-5

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 3 and 5. 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 Sunday 23rd 10am at the finish point, Patearoa Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself and gear on the bus for the 1hr drive over to the start up the Manuherikia. Monday is travel, meet and greet short (15k) run into Saddle Hut for our first night in tents.… (we can organise collection in Cromwell if you are flying into Queenstown).

Monday. An incredible day planned! A short sharp hike up to the St Bathans Range ridge, followed by 12km of the most awesome mtn top running you could ask for! Stunning views in all directions. a long downhill into St Bathans.

Tuesday. A gentler day over some hills and into dramatic ‘Grahame Sydney’ style vallies. A wee peak at Falls Dam before onto our nights camp.

Wednesday – A mostly flat/down-hill meander along some of the iconic Mt Ida Water Race. Finishing near Wedderburn.

Thursday. Out to Eweburn Dam then along the Mt Ida Water Race again, through tunnels, into the Naseby Forrest area.

Friday. A little bit of barren farm land, a little bit of Rail Trail, mostly flat.

Saturday. One more wee hill to climb en route to our nights accommodation at Patearoa Domain. We need to be in Patearoa by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!

Questions?  terry@cavalcade.co.nz Or call the office 03 445 0111

 

The Patearoa Pedalers

Mark Horrocks

Registrations open now. Click here to sign up.

Trail Boss: Mark Horrocks. 6 Days. Fully Catered and supported. MTB and Eco-Bikes welcome. Ride out by 8.30am, typically in by 3.30pm. Good solid days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.

$745. OGHT members get a $30 discount please email terry@cavalcade.co.nz for the code.

When do I need to be where? Patearoa Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 10am Sunday 23rd February 2020

How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, 2nd day has a good climb of 1000m, 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 and in places quite challenging riding.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, a winery and brewery tour maybe? One night tenting in the mountains, FANTASTIC FOOD, capable leaders, friendly support people and a great bunch of other like minded outdoor nutters! 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.

omarama saddle

Blue Lake

behind naseby

What do I need to bring? A bike! (We can source rentals if required), spare tubes/repair kit… Helmet, gloves – cycle gloves and a warm pair of gloves. Warm hat or Buff that can be worn under your helmet, various layers of clothing – thermal underwear (legs and tops) t-shirts, fleece/Merino mid weight tops, 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 3 and 5 at the host town 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 ride 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.

Where are we going?

Meet Sunday 23rd 10am at the finish point, Patearoa Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself and gear on the bus for the 1hr drive over to the start up the Manuherikia. Sunday is travel, meet and greet short (15k) ride into Saddle Hut for our first night in tents.… (we can organise collection in Cromwell if you are flying into Queenstown).

Monday. A good sharp push up a ridge onto the high point of the whole trail! Stunning views in all directions then a long downhill into St Bathans.

Tuesday. A gentler day over some hills and into dramatic ‘Grahame Sydney’ style valleys. A wee peak at Falls Dam before onto our nights camp.

Wednesday – A mostly flat/down-hill meander along some of the iconic Mt Ida Water Race. Finishing near Wedderburn.

Thursday. Out to Eweburn Dam then along the Mt Ida Water Race again, through tunnels, into the Naseby forest area.

Friday. A little bit of barren farm land, a little bit of Rail Trail, mostly flat.

Saturday. One more wee hill to climb en route to our nights accommodation at Patearoa Domain. We need to be in Patearoa by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party!

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – markjhorrocks@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