The Push Bike Trail!

Trail Boss: Tim Hawkins. 4 Days. Fully Catered and supported. MTB and Eco-Bikes welcome. Ride out by 8am, typically in by 3pm. Good days riding mostly over high country/farm 4WD tracks.

$575. 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) From 4pm Tuesday 25th February 2020

How hard will the days be? Between 25-40km per day, some days have climbing of 500m, some sections of down hill are a wee bit technical. This is NOT A RACE! You will have some amazing and in places quite challenging riding. Most days will have additional options for anyone who wants to ride a bit further.

What can we expect en route? AMAZING VIEWS, interesting gold mining and historic sites/relics, 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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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.  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 2L 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? (TBC)

The trail is suitable for riders of little experience and will be adapted for those with more experience if the weather and conditions see fit. Reasonable fitness will be valuable.

We will be fully catered from dinner on the 25th Feb until Breakfast Saturday 29th February. Tents will be required for some nights, other nights may have woolshed options.

Family/friends in support vehicles are welcomed at the overnight accommodation but they will have to pay for the food on an individual basis should they wish to join in. They will not be permitted to follow in vehicles, only the trail support vehicle will have this privilege.

Questions specific to this trail? Ask The Boss – tim@centrallakesphotography.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

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