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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Blue Lake

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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. An incredible day planned! A short sharp push up to the St Bathans Range ridge, followed by 12km of the most awesome mtn top riding you could ask for! 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

 

 

Special 25th Jubilee Merchandise!

25years is something pretty special! Make sure you get a momento or two to take home after the event!

See images of items below. The Shirts this year are something a bit different but quite styly! Chambray  – like a very thin denim… nice light blue colour and don’t need to iron them too much! The shirts come in mens and womens styles.

You can either select the items as you go through the registration process or go back and edit your registration if you have registered already… or you can just email terry@cavalcade.co.nz and he’ll add the stuff to your listing.

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Ingraved Beer Glass (logo will look much nicer than this!)

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Men’s and Women’s cut Chambray Shirts… 

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Oilskin Vest.

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3L Cooler bag.

 

Agust Cavalcade 2013 up-date

Make sure you’re watching country Calendar this Saturday night,  good keen Cavalcader Richard Parsons is the star of the show and it includes his first days on the Cavalcade this year.

The band Tapanui have lined up for us is Jody Direen – this girl is on her way to the Big-Time so we’re very lucky to have her. Check her out here http://jodydireen.com/ or watch a video of her http://youtu.be/PW3bCjEsXCk .

The Tapanui host town crew are all on top of things, sounds like they have a great day planned for us. They even have their own website – looks good too, check it out here http://cavalcadehosttown.wordpress.com/cavalcade-2013-is-coming-to-west-otago/

If you missed last month’s newsletter you can find it here https://cavalcade.co.nz/2012/07/25/2013-cavalcade-up-date/ . No more details on trails yet but we have another Trail Boss meeting mid October so There’ll be more details then.

Only 9 trails next year so to ensure you get the best chance of securing your trail of choice make sure you’re a member of the Goldfields Heritage Trust http://goldfieldstrust.org.nz/2009/06/12/otago-goldfields-heritage-trust-membership/

Hope your paddocks are starting to dry out!

All the best.

Terry Davis

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust

P O Box 91

Cromwell 9342

03 445 0111

021 284 6844

www.goldfieldstrust.org.nz

www.cavalcade.co.nz

2013 Cavalcade up-date

Hello good keen Cavalcaders,

A good meeting was held in Tapanui last weekend where the Trail Bosses met the host town and confirmed all is well under control for next year’s Goldfields Cavalcade.

The final day will be the 2nd March 2013, so if you’re on a 7 day riding trail you’ll be meeting up on the 23rd Feb. 5 Day riding trail will be meeting up on the 25th Feb. And the walking trails will be meeting up on the 26th Feb.

Registration forms will be available from the 1st November and as always those who are paid up members for the May 2012 – May 2013 will have priority over non members for their trail of choice. We are a couple of trails down on previous years so the nine going to West Otago may fill up!

The ‘Panning the Pomahaka’ West Otago committee are a great bunch of rural folk who have been beavering away for many months already to ensure another top notch host town celebration. They have more freedom (than Cromwell had) with their race track so the parade will be a lot closer to where the people are.

Introducing the Trail Bosses (and their potential trails) for 2013:

  • Jane Whitmore, 5 days, catered, Riding Trail Judge Creek, Gem Lake, Kawera?
  • Matthew Sole, 4 Days, catered, Walking Trail Lake Roxburgh Village via new Trail to Millers Flat, through the  gorge to Beaumont, over the Blue Mountains to Black Gully.
  • Bill Butler (Taking over from Alastair Gibson), 7 days, catered, Riding Trail Start near Oturehua via the Manorburn, Knobbies, Onslow, Beaumont, Blue Mountains
  • Stu Moore, 7 days, catered, Riding Trail –Rocklands, Waipori, Beaumont, Clutha punt,  Rankelburn, Blue Mountains,
  • Chris Bayne, 7 days, catered, Tussock Creek Light Wagons – starting from Kaka Point.
  • Sandra Cain, 4 days, catered, Walking Trail starting at Lawrence, walking the new trail up to Baumont, somehow onto and around the Blue mountains.
  • Tony Roderique, 7 days, catered, Clover-leaf riding trail First camp likely to be in the vicinity of West Otago, second camp will be at Earnslaw 1(near Tapanui).
  • Tony Cumberbeach, 7 days, self catering, Speight’s Heavy Wagons a gentle meander through West Otago…
  • Steve Clark, 5 days, self catering walking trail Mt Hope (above Roxbourgh), McKay Creek, Harry Brensell’s Hut, Crown Rock Hut, Hukarere Station, Down Pomahaka to Switzers Rd.

More info will be added to the website as details get confirmed.

So tell all your mates to start planning for it – if they don’t have a horse the walking trails are a great option and there are always a few spare seats on a heavy wagon so get them to get in touch with me and I’ll sort them out!

Hope you’re all fit and well, I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year and seeing you in West Otago.