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.

Riding Cavalcaders – What to bring…

Trail Specific info will be sent out in January but basically…



.  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

.  Your own mug, plates, cutlery & tea towel – unless stated otherwise

.  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


Please read carefully.  The ultimate safety of your trail depends on these requirements.

  1. Remember that your horse is your responsibility.
  2. Choose a suitable horse – AVOIDING a stallion, rig, pregnant mare, horses under 5yrs old or any unruly horses!!
  3. Ensure your horse is fit – long hours walking fit plus a lot of hill work.
  4. If you are travelling long distances to the start of your trail please allow at least 1 rest day for your horse to recover.
  5. All horse must be freshly shod and wormed.  Most find selenium beneficial and electrolytes are advisable, especially if weather hot. Also a salt replacement such as Hummidimix and salt blocks are worth considering.
  6. Have your horse Vet checked BEFORE starting your trail if you have any doubts at all.  Your Trail Boss has the right to exclude any unfit or unsuitable horse.
  7. Avoid dramatic diet changes – if your horse is used to hard feed please bring enough for the days on your trail. Your horse will benefit from a little daily boost of hard feed even if not used to it.
  8. Train with the gear you intend to use. Nothing New! All gear needs to be well broken in before the start of your trail.

You will need:

A thick or multiple saddle blankets to avoid sore backs.

Breast plate and cropper for hill work.

Horse cover – the nights are cold in the hills.

Basic grooming and first aid needs. A couple of spare shoes. As your personal gear will be carted for you, all you need to take each day will be wet weather gear, sunblock, camera and whatever personal stuff you may need.  Keep it light.

  1. Expect an individual gear and horse check at the start of your trail.  The Trail Boss and the Wranglers will be quietly observing for signs of possible stress of all animals throughout the trail.  Please ensure all blankets and covers are secure on your horse at night.  Night stampedes have been caused by slipping covers and torn straps.
  2. Get yourself fit along with your horse and practise walking down steep hills.  If the Trail Boss directs riders to get off and walk, all must do so without exception.
  3. Please respect Landowners property and woolsheds.  The cavalcades would simply not be possible without their permission.
  4. Please give way to a harness horse if you are a rider – they have to allow for wheels as well as hooves.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.  Your Trail Boss and Wranglers are not babysitters but are there to guide and ensure safety.
  6. Your horse must be either trained by you of by the person you may be borrowing it from.  Collecting a horse from the paddock the day before is not on! These horses are easily identified and have a good chance of being stood down.
  7. Your horse comes first at the end of the day. No-one leaves their horse until it is unloaded, any cares attended to and it is watered, fed and covered.

Walking Cavalcaders – What to bring…

Specific trails may have specific gear lists – these will be sent out in January. Below is a good guidline.



Pack   Period Costume  
Sleeping Bag   Personal toiletries  
Sleeping mat/Airbed   Wipes  
Parka   Blister Pads  
Overtrousers   First Aid Kit  
Sturdy footwear   Sunscreen  
Hat   Insect repellent  
Gloves   Teatowel  
Bushshirt, jersey, jacket   Cutlery, plate, bowl, mug  
Trousers, tops   Torch  
Underwear, thermal wear   Camera (optional)  
Shorts, socks   Sunglasses  
Change of footwear/clothes   Scroggin etc  
Togs   Water Bottle – at least 1.5L  

It is essential that everyone carry Blisterpads. I can hear you say but I never get blisters but the Cavalcade seems to have an uncanny way of making blisters a first time experience for a lot of people. Band-Aid Blister Packs can be purchased at most Supermarkets.

Daypack large enough to carry wet weather gear, thermals, lunch and personal effects.

Trails for 2012

For full details click on the trail below.

To download a registration form click here.

To download a registration booklet click here. (The information in the booklet is the same as when you click on these trails below.)

Chris Bayne(Trail is now full) 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 – Riding – maximum of 80. Starting from Roxburgh – Nevis – Bannockburn

Alastair Gibson (Trail is now full)– Riding – maximum of 70 Starting from Omarama – Lindis – Queensberry – Mt. Pisa

Jane Whitmore – Riding –  maximum of 70. (taking over from Steve Vickers who took over from Winston Parks) Arrowtown – Macetown day trip – Waitiri Station – Lowburn

Gandy Burrows and April Hill  (instead of Alice Stewart next year) Speight’s Pack Horse Traverse maximum of 30. Starting from Lindis – St. Bathans – Matakanui – Clyde – Bannockburn

Tony Roderique – Riding – maximum of 70. 3 days at Matakanui followed by 3 days in Bannockburn

Murray MacMillan and Edgar Parcel (Trail is now full)(Out of retirement again) Riding – maximum of 25. Greenstone, Mt. Nicolas, Cecil Peak, barge to Staircase Creek, Lochlinnie, Nevis, Bannockburn

Sandra Cain(Trail is now full) Walking – maximum of 50. Starting near Roxburgh – Knobby range – Alex – Earnscleugh – Bannockburn

Matthew Sole – Walking – maximum of 40. Starting at Oturehua – Blackstone Hill – Becks – Thompsons Gorge – Bendigo

Peter Dymock(Trail is now full)Walking – maximum of 12. Starting near Garston – Blue lakes – Garvies – Patterson Hutt – Bannockburn

Morley Williams – Walking – maximum of 30. Based at the Bannockburn School Camp – 3 individual day-walks: Northburn Station, Cairnmure Station and Pipe Clay Gulley.

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.

The shirts for Cromwell 2012 - going back to basic's $35

Gabriels Gully Goldrush 150th

Back from retirement, Murray McMillan has been asked to put on a special horse trail ride from Dunedin (Brighton) to Gabriels Gully. Also local keen tramper and icon Ernie McCraw will be leading a walking trail from Dunedin to Gabriels Gully – see below for what the 150yr Celebrations committee has to say about it…

Click here to download a horse or walk trail registration form.

Click here to download a pdf of all the celebration information.

The Lawrence Tuapeka community is gearing up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of perhaps the most significant discovery in New Zealand’s history – gold.

Gold, in the payable form, was first struck by Gabriel Read near Lawrence on 25th May 1861. Read, an Australian-born prospector was initially told he was on a ‘wild goose chase’ but his discovery, in the gully that now bears his name, changed the course of history and laid a foundation for both Otago and New Zealand. By July 1861, the Tuapeka area was very much immersed in the gold rush, with the district’s population swelling to over 11,000 compared to the less than 6,000 in Dunedin at the time.

In 2011, attention will again turn to Lawrence as it celebrates 150 years since what was essentially the birth of our nation. Realising the significance of such an occasion, the Lawrence Community will be hosting a four day celebration, Gabriel’s Gully Goldrush 150th from Friday 18th to Monday 21st March 2011.

The four day celebration will feature a drama which re-enacts the Goldrush with treks and walks to take us back in time to the 1860’s. With music, historical tours and displays, visual art, drama and family games and fun, there’s something for everyone, young or old.

Come and celebrate the past connecting with the present and be part of this national celebration.

Click here for their event webpage.

A sad loss for the Cavalcade.

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the recent death of Dawn Pickett, formerly George, and as her death notice read, ‘aged 79 years and 18 Cavalcades’. Dawn was a delightful person who had raised 5 children, worked hard all her life but after falling in love and re-marrying later in life, discovered the Otago Goldfields Cavalcades.  She rode her beloved horse, Shadow, sidesaddle all the way (no mean feat!) on the very first Cavalcade in 1991; hasn’t missed one ever since and was away on rides all over the country mostly every weekend. Shadow was retired from the last 2 Cavalcades with a new horse trained up to replace him.  He died in his paddock at the age of 23 just on a week before Dawn passed away at Dunedin Hospice. Dawn was also on the committee of the Trust for a good many of the earlier years.  Her smiling face, warm chuckle and endearing ways will be very sadly missed. Our loving thoughts go to her darling Noel and the George and Pickett families.

Roberta Laraman.

Photos thanks to Kylie Pape

Peter Dymock’s walking trail to Wanaka for the 2010 Cavalcade.

Gold Hunters Trail – Information for Participants (click here for a map)

Welcome to the “Gold Hunters” Trail. The trail is named after the Hunter River/Valley/Station which will be the focus of our trip. Your “Trail Boss” (leader) is Peter Dymock , assisted by “Wrangler” Don Morrison . Between the two of us , we have more than 20 years of experience on Cavalcades , as Trail Bosses and/or Wranglers.
Fitness & Ability
A cavalcade is not a hard out tramping trip, but a group walk . Socialisation with a group of like-minded people from all over NZ in an outdoor environment is all part of the fun of a cavalcade . However, you need to be capable of walking for 8 hours and up to 30km per day with a day pack. There is no particular age limit, but please assess your fitness & ability carefully and honestly when you sign up for this trail. We will be walking on well formed tracks (mostly 4WD vehicle tracks) the whole way. Although the route traverses some spectacular lake and alpine scenery , it is basically flat with no big climbs, although the trail does climb about 200m above Lake Hawea on the last day.
We will be starting very early every day (at first light – the best time of the day!) to give us plenty of time to complete each days walk and time to relax in the late afternoon at each stopover.
There is one major river crossing of the Hunter River . If the river is too high to cross safely on foot , we will be rafting across in a six person inflatable raft (life jackets provided) . There are many minor unbridged stream crossings en route.
The route follows the most interesting part of the annual Contact Energy mountain bike race – if they can bike it, you can walk it!
This is best described as “rustic” – communal in a public hall or woolshed . Bring earplugs! There is good camping out side each venue and many people prefer to sleep in their own tent.
The floors are hard , so please bring either a karrimatt, a self inflating mattress (“thermarest”) or a small air mattress and pump.
It is necessary for all to camp on one night , outside the Boundary Hut outstation complex in the Hunter Valley. Everyone must bring (or share) a small hikers tent for this night.
Gear Transport
All your overnight gear will be transported for you between stopovers . Space is limited , so please ensure that all your gear fits into a single sturdy back pack or gear bag (including your tent and mattress) .
The trail is fully catered by the Alexandra Primary School PTA, who are very experienced in catering for my trails. This includes a cooked/continental breakfast, packed lunch and three course evening meal. If past experience is anything to go by, the food will be one of the highlights of the trail . All food is included in your registration fee. The PTA will be running a “wet” canteen every night, so bring along a small amount of cash. You can bring along a supply of snack/energy bars/scroggin if you wish, but its not really necessary. Every endeavour will be made to cater for special diets . Please let me know in good time of any special requirements.
Transport to and from Trail
The trail starts and ends at the Hawea Flat Hall. We will all meet at the Hall on the evening of Tuesday 24th Feb 2010, where we will overnight. There will be a trail briefing and a light supper provided. You will need to get to and from the Hall in your own car. There will be secure parking for vehicles in a paddock near the Hall for the duration of the trail. There is a short bus ride to the start of the trail on Wednesday morning and another short ride back to the Hall on Saturday morning. The cost of the bus is included in your registration fee.
The Hall is located on Camphill Rd , a few hundred metres from the Hawea Flat School on the road between Luggate and Hawea. If heading to Wanaka over the Lindis Pass , turn right off SH8A, just before the “Red Bridge” over the Clutha River at Luggate , and follow the road about 6km to Hawea Flat & turn left into Camphill Rd. If coming north from Dunedin or Invercargill turn off SH 6 onto SH8A at Luggate , cross the Red Bridge and instead of turning right towards Tarras , just over the bridge , head straight ahead to Hawea Flat.
There is no public transport to Hawea Flat . However Wanaka is well served . Contact me and I will arrange to get you out to Hawea Flat .
Arrangements for Wanaka (Saturday 27th)
We will drive ourselves into Wanaka from Hawea Flat (about ¼ hr) to the Rugby Club rooms at the showgrounds , right on the waterfront of the Lake, where we will meet the other two walking trails. Overnight accommodation will be available at the Club Rooms for those staying for the “hoedown” or, if you prefer , you could stay at one of Wanaka’s wide range of accommodation options… We will change into our period costumes for the grand parade of all the trails at high noon down the main street of Wanaka . The Host Town will be providing lunch, which is included in your registration.
It is a tradition of the walking trails to walk in the parade in 19th century gold mining period costume. Although not compulsory, making the effort is appreciated. You can make, beg, borrow or steal a suitable costume or hire one from your local Theatrical Society’s wardrobe . You costume is best left in your car for the duration of the trail.
Health & Safety
You are fully responsible for yourself to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake the trail and for your own personal medication. Your leaders will be carrying a basic first aid kit only. We will be carrying an emergency locator beacon , but this will only be used in life threatening situations. There is no cell phone reception on the trail. A high degree of self-reliance is necessary. If you have a medical condition that you think may impact on an emergency situation please let me know in confidence before the start of the trail. There will be no back up “sag wagon” available on the second day (Thursday) from Dingleburn Station to Boundary Hut.
It is safe to drink water out of the many streams en route.
No dogs will be allowed and no smoking is permitted at all on this trail. This is a condition of access permission and use of wool sheds and public halls for accommodation.
Although we are not at high altitudes (only 500m max) and it is summer time , we will be in an isolated back country valley , so any sort of weather can be expected from hot dry nor west gales to cold heavy southerly rain and sleet., so you will need to be prepared for anything .
Sandflies can be a nuisance around camp in the Hunter Valley, so bring a good insect repellent…
Recommended Gear List
Experienced walkers and trampers will have their own preferences, but the following is recommended
(items marked with an * are considered essential)
– * 3 season sleeping bag
– sleeping bag liner
– * waterproof and windproof full length trampers parka with built in hood.
– pillow slip (stuff your spare clothes in for a pillow)
– * sleeping mat
– * small hikers tent
– * well broken in light weight walking shoes or boots (note We are walking long distances on hard vehicle tracks without a heavy pack . Heavy, stiff, full leather, tramping/hiking boots and gaiters are not recommended – experience on past cavalcades is that they are a recipe for hot , tired , sore and blistered feet)
– * water bottle ( a 1.5 litre plastic soft drink bottle ideal)
– small stainless steel thermos
– * polypro, fleece or merino thermal pants and top
– * mid layer fleece or merino
– * thick fleece or wool jersey
– * wool or fleece hat
– * wool or fleece gloves
– * at least 4 changes of wool socks
– * sunhat
– * sun cream
– * sunglasses
– * 1-2 cool cotton shirts or T – shirts for hot days
– * shorts or light weight zip -off travel pants for hot days
– change of dry clothes for evenings
– change of footwear (e.g. sneakers ) for evenings
– * cup (plastic best), plate (plastic) , bowl (plastic) knife , fork, spoon
– personal medication / first aid kit/toiletries/earplugs
– insect repellent
– * waterproof daypack (reasonable size)
– * large trampers backpack or gear bag (for overnight gear)
– * torch or (preferably) headlamp and spare batteries
– camera and spare batteries/memory card
– * plastic bags to pack all gear into and/or pack liner
Further Questions
If you have any further questions , you can contact me directly as follows
03 4488092 (home)
03 4451826 (wk)
0274 377910 (cell)
2 Larch Cres, Alexandra
Email pjdymock@xtra.co.nz

Peter Dymock

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