AGM and Cavalcade 2012 update

Hi everyone,

We had a good trail Boss meeting recently and the initial trail information is attached at the bottom of this email.

First up we had a good AGM in Lawrence three weeks ago followed by a very informative field weekend. For minutes from the meeting please click here. For a report from the weekend (and some photos) please click here.

Many of you have paid your membership sub already and we thank you very much for that. If you haven’t yet please either click here to do it on-line or post us a cheque for $50 single or $70 couple to OGHT, PO Box 91 Cromwell, 9342.

We expect to have full trails coming into Cromwell for the 150th celebrations of gold in the area. The Cromwell Host Town have re-assembled the same band and fiddler as last time – if you weren’t here in 1998 ask someone who was – they’ll tell you it was one of the best Hoe-downs of all time! Click here for a YouTube clip of the band and a couple of cavalcade shots include in there too! Also this year we will be quite strict on maximum numbers per trail – the Trail Bosses are too bloody accommodating so this year I’ll be making the decision and the answer will be no more room!  So check out the trails below and if you absolutely ‘have to’ be on one in particular best you make sure you’re a paid-up member. (Financial members of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust get priority over non members for entries received before December – entries are available from 1st November).

***Please note!*** These trail descriptions are just proposed at this stage – not confirmed. This is just to give you an idea.

Special new trail for the keen of spirit but less athletically able – sharing accommodation at the Bannockburn school camp and caterers with Morley Williams’ day walkers. Bruce McMillan will be leading 4WD excursions around Bannockburn, Nevis and Bendigo to check out the outstanding gold mining heritage areas close to Cromwell. (David and Jean this should be right up your ally!)

Chris Bayne – Tussock Creek light wagons – maximum of 70. Starting in the vicinity of Mossburn – Garston – Nevis – Bannockburn

Tony Cumberbeach – Speight’s heavy wagons – maximum of 55. Starting from Cattle Flat – Nokomai – Nevis – Bannockburn

Stu Moore – maximum of 75. Starting from Roxburgh – Nevis – Bannockburn

Alistair Gibson – maximum of 65? Starting from Omarama – Queensberry – Mt. Pisa

Jane Whitmore (taking over from Steve Vickers who took over from Winston Parks) Arrowtown – Macetown day trip – Waitiri Station – Lowburn

Gandy Burrows (instead of Alice Stewart next year) maximum of 25. Starting from Lindis – St. Bathans – Matakanui – Clyde – Bannockburn

Tony Roderique – maximum of 60. 3 days at Matakanui followed by 3 days in Bannockburn

Murray MacMillan and Edgar Parcel (Out of retirement again) maximum of 30. Greenstone, Mt. Nicolas, Cecil Peak, Kingston, Nokomai, Nevis, Bannockburn

Sandra Cain – maximum of 50. Starting near Roxburgh – Knobby range – Alex – Earnscleugh – Bannockburn

Peter Dymock – maximum of 12. Starting near Garston – Blue lakes – Garvies – Patterson Hutt – Bannockburn

Morley Williams – maximum of 20. Based at the Bannockburn School Camp – 3 individual day-walks

Thanks very much for your support over the years and I hope to see many of you in Cromwell next Feb!

Terry Davis

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust

P O Box 91

Cromwell 9342

03 445 0111

021 284 6844


Nov up-date

Trails are filling up for next years Goldfields Cavalcade to Oamaru.

Chris Baynes “Tussock Creek Light Wagons” and Sandra Cains “Glencoe Gadabouts” trails are both full. If you have NOT been contacted to say “very sorry but you’ve missed out” then you can assume you are on the trail.

If you have booked on any other trail you can also assume you are confirmed on there (unless the Trail Boss has rung you to say that they don’t think you’re up to it).

Most other trails are close to, if not over half full already. So tell all your mates and get your entries in asap to secure your spot.

The Trail Bosses have done another fantastic job of sorting out some really special country for you to cavalcade through and the Oamaru Host Town committee have obviously got the big tick of approval with more Hoe-down tickets sold than cavalcaders so far!! (That’s just through registrations where folk are buying an extra couple of tickets for their supporters.) If you want that ticket you better order it with your registration too chances are it could also fill up.

Haven’t got your registration forms yet?
Download one from here
If you’re on ‘Dial-up’ internet ring me on 03 4450111 (might have to leave a message) with your name, address and how many forms you want and I’ll get them straight in the mail to you.

Christmas is coming up and what an awesome Christmas prezzie an entry to next years Cavalcade would be. Also don’t forget Swanndri give all Cavalcaders (and their friends and family) 20% off everything from their web sales – just go to and enter ‘cavalcade’ in the promo box.

All the best for a great summer season.

I look forward to seeing lots of you in Oamaru.

Don Morrisons ‘Tranz Siberia’ Walking Trail.

For smelly feet and footwear...

Click here to download a PDF of the registration form.

Trail Boss: Don Morrison         Ph: 03 4492106 Email:

Duration: 4 days (3 days walking plus Saturday) Meet: Tuesday 1st March. Limit: 40

$420 per walker

3 days of high country walking. Fully catered, sleeping in woolsheds and tents. Carry only day-packs. Good fitness required.

On this trail we are lucky to have the experience of local tramper Bill Bews who has helped set the trail and will be one of Don’s leaders.

Tuesday 1st March. Meet at Oamaru race course and bus to Mt Dasher Station woolshed – registration and dinner.

Wednesday. Tramp up to Scout Hill Hut. 14 km but rising 500m. Camp here for 2 nights.

Thursday. Starting with a descent we then do about a 20km loop around the top of Grassy Ridge, Siberia Hill and Mitchells hut.

Friday. Return to Mt Dasher Station via Bracken Brae Station.

Saturday. Pack up and head for Oamaru Race Course and the Grande Parade, markets, entertainment, dinner and hoe-down.

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latest Cavalcade up-date

A good meeting was had in Oamaru in the weekend with the trail bosses and Oamaru Host Town Committee. Things are coming along nicely, we have a fantastic range of walking and horse trails to choose from and Oamaru have some great ideas they want to implement to ensure the final day will be something quite special.

One issue in particular popped up and we think it’s probably best to give you all a heads-up sooner rather than later.

Some trails are getting a few too many back-up drivers which meant some riders/wagoners missed out on a trail this year. We would like you to consider if a personal back-up driver is absolutely necessary (all trails have a system of transporting your gear and feed from place to place), if it is then could you possibly ‘group up‘ and share someone else’s driver? Some trail bosses will be setting minimal limits on back-up drivers.

Dates for 2011 are confirmed as 26th Feb to 5th March (some trails are starting later but we all finish together on the 5th.

Here’s a bit of an idea (not yet set in stone!) about where the trails will be starting from and how many days on each. You can click on the place name below for a google map if you are unsure of where they are – if the link doesn’t work you can easily search each start location on google maps .

Trail Boss:            Start:            Duration:

Stu Moore,  Stanton Station, Kimbell – 7 days Riding

Alistair Gibson,  Ribbonwood, Omarama – 6 Days Riding (restricted back-up drivers)

Steve Vickers, Shag Point – 4-5days Riding

Tony Roderique, Dunback – 6-7 days Riding (Clover leaf trail)

Alice Stewart,  Mt Cook – 7days Riding (very limited numbers, unassisted)

Chris Bayne, Near Kyeburn – 7 days. Light Wagons (restricted back-up drivers)

Tony Cumberbeach, Moeraki – 7 days Heavy Wagons

Sandra Cain, Glencoe station (somewhere near ‘the Dasher)- 4 days Walking

Don Morrison, Mt Dasher Station. 3 days. Walking

Peter Dymock, Kyeburn – 3days Walking (unassisted, very limited numbers)

Morley Williams, Dansey’s Pass Holiday Park – 3 days Walking, (Clover leaf trail).

If you haven’t already done so it is recommended you become a member of the Goldfileds Trust to increase your chances of securing your trail of choice. Trust members get priority when the registration forms are coming back in and a trail is getting full.

You can become a member on-line or by down loading a PDF from here

Thanks very much for your interest. I hope to see many of you in Oamaru next year.

Terry Davis

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust

P O Box 91

Cromwell 9342

03 445 0111

021 284 6844

Entries are now out!!

You can view a PDF of the 2010 registration form here and print off the appropriate pages (you only need to send in pages 7 and 8 with your cheque).

If you would like to pay by Direct Debit you can do so into account number 010695-0034150-00 please use your name as a reference.

Please insure you also read the important info for Cavalcaders’, the Host town flyer and if you’re going on a horse trail then you night as well get a good deal on feed from NRM.

Posted hard copies are in the mail today to you can expect them by the end of the week. (Some of you recently asked to be emailed but we had already addressed your envelope so you may get a hard copy too.)

For tourist info on Wanaka please see their official web site

O.K, all the best and we hope to see lots of you in Wanaka next February.


The Goldfields Cavalcade Team.

Trail Bosses meet in Lake Wanaka

Trail bosses meeting in wonderful Lake Wanaka
20th June 2009: The trail bosses converge on Lake Wanaka to check out the site of the 2010 Cavalcade finale celebrations. Meeting up with the Host Town Committee they ironed out the accommodation, parade route and the Hoedown location and made sure there were plans for hot showers and power for the hairdryer! The trail bosses were also rather pleased to find a chef on the Host Town Committee! Many thanks to Cheeky Monkey for providing the delicious muffins and sandwiches to help the meeting progress.
The Cavalcade Host Town celebrations will start at high noon with a Cavalcade parade down Ardmore Street and along the lakefront, ending with stalls, music and family entertainment at Pembroke Park. The evenings Hoedown at the Lake Wanaka Centre will be a great opportunity for the weary Cavalcaders and the locals to mix and tell a tale or two.

Diary the date now – 27th February 2010 – Lake Wanaka.

With thanks to our local sponsors: Lake Wanaka Tourism and Wanaka Hotel.