‘The Family Friendly 3.5day Cloverleaf Trail’.

Online entries now closed – email terry@cavalcade.co.nz if desperate to get on.
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.

$555 for riders. $535 Backups.

When do I need to be where? Quailburn Woolshed, 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 11am Wednesday 3rd March at Quailburn Woolshed at the very end of Quailburn Road just out of Omarama for lunch. Meet and greet and a 3hr 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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Online entries now closed – email terry@cavalcade.co.nz if desperate to get on.

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.

$800 riders. $765 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

Online entries now closed – email terry@cavalcade.co.nz if desperate to get on.

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.

$800 riders. $765 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!

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Online entries now closed – email terry@cavalcade.co.nz if desperate to get on.

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.

$830 riders. $790 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

This trail is now full. Please contact the office to be added to the wait list. terry@cavalcade.co.nz 

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.

$800 Riders and drivers. $760 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!

This trail is now full. Please contact the office to be added to the wait list. terry@cavalcade.co.nz 

Where do we need to be when? Meet up on Saturday 27th February 2021. Burkes Pass.

What’s the cost? $300

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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 Hay 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

Fruits of the Past and Present!

Beyond Moa Flat to Millers Flat

Entries open October 1 for OGHT members (November 1 for everyone else, if spaces are still available)

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. $515

When do I need to be where? Millers Flat –  By 3pm Tuesday 1st March 2022

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 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? 

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

‘Flat out to Millers Flat!’ – WALKING 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)

$400 (TBC)

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

When do I need to be where? Millers Flat By 4pm Sunday 27th February 2022

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 27 February 2022
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 28 February 2022
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 1 March 2022
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 at https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-togo/
otago/places/old-woman-and-old-man-kopuwai-ranges/things-to-do/nicholsons-hut/
Approximate distance 19km.

Wednesday 2 March 2022
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 3 March 2022
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 4 March 2022
We head onto Mt Benger Road and our steep descent to Ettrick.
Approximate distance 21km.

Saturday 5 March 2022
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!

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Online entries open for OGHT members 1st October 2021 (Everyone else 1st November 2021)

Trail Boss: Roger Leslie. 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.

$800 (TBC)

When do I need to be where? Queenstown – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 4pm Sunday 27th Februray 2022. 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)

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How hard will the days be? Between 25-35km per day, plenty of good honest climbs each day (And some amazing ridges) until the last day where you will be following the Roxburgh Gold trail 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 27th Feb at……. for our first night. Evening meal provided.

Monday. Straight into it! Up the Wye Creek track on the Remarkables, past Ben Nevis (the mountain) and down to our nights accommodation at Ben Nevis high country station. Stunning views in all directions. (25kms?)

Tuesday. Heading to Bannockburn via Mt Difficulty. Stunning views in all directions. (25kms?)

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) (35km?)

Thursday – Back uphill onto the Old Man Range, visit Kapuwai then down to Mitchels Cottage.

Friday. To 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 Roger 021 761 087 or email rogandjoy@slingshot.co.nz 

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