The Garston Gutbusters


Click here to enter the 2019 Cavalcade to Hawea!

Trail Boss: Roger Leslie. 5 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…

$700 per runner ($30 discount for OGHT members – contact office for discount code.)

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.

When do I need to be where? Hawea Domain – (Click here for a map to the meet up point) By 3pm Monday 25th February 2019

How hard will the days be? Between 30-50km per day, some days have climbing of 500-700m, some sections of down hill are a wee bit technical. This is more about a fun experience than an actual gut-buster 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, a winery and brewery tour maybe? One 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?

Monday 25th. Meet at the finish point, Hawea Domain and park your vehicles in the safe parking paddock. Load yourself and gear on the bus for the 2.5hr drive around to the start at Garston. Monday is travel, meet and greet…

Tuesday 26th . Start with a good climb up the Nevis Valley Road to the old Ski Hut, right onto Welcome Rock trails – a fantastic single track following old water races – beautiful running, relatively flat, then meet back up with the Nevis Valley Road and a long gentle down hill all the way to Ben Nevis Station. About 50km. Only a couple of hills.

Wednesday 27th . From Ben Nevis Station a good honest gradient towards Watts Rock. Along the top and down through Carrick Town. Through the Bannockburn Sluicings, maybe a wee wine tasting? Staying at the Bannockburn Hall. Lots of great Goldmining heritage stuff to see. 40ish km

Thursday 28th . Starting with some single track around Lake Dunstan we head in to Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct before more single track then a long stead climb up Mt Michael. Camping in the mountains tonight. 35-40kmish?

Friday. Today is an absolute beauty! Some good undulations as we climb to the top of Mt Pisa before a 20km decent into Luggate for our nights camp by the river. 40k

Saturday. Check out some local river trails en route to our nights accommodation at Hawea Domain. We need to be in Hawea by 12pm for the Grand Parade! Afternoon markets, entertainment… Party! 20k

Questions? 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 and he’ll add the stuff to your listing.


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


Men’s and Women’s cut Chambray Shirts… 




Plastic cup


Oilskin Vest.


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 or watch a video of her .

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

If you missed last month’s newsletter you can find it here . 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

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

North Island Trail Ride end of March 2012

Greetings to All

Below is a trek being put together by the Waituna West committee of friends & Cavalcade participants.

I mentioned this ride to one or two last year and got the  general feeling, if we were  to shorten the ride up so that it could be done, that is travelling north, ferry crossing and return in just on  a week or a little longer it could be favourably considered.  If someone wants to enjoy our hospitaliity for longer, between us, I’m sure we will be able to find other places to go for smaller or expanded rides.  We understand the cost of travelling across the “ditch”, your riding time needs to be “make the most of it” , so a 5 day ride is being offered. Or we can expand into another area.  All you have to do is ask, (but give me plenty of warning).

Please pass this message onto as many as you like, we need you, who have the South Island contacts, to be prepared to do that for everyone to have a good time.

Below in red, is what Marj is offering.  You are welcome to contact her direct or if you have a special question re: ferry crossing, please come to me direct, either on my work email (best) or here on my home one. 063273605 (hm) 06 3490508 (wk) Mon – Fri

Look forward to hearing from you.

kind regards Carol

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We are planning to hold the above trail ride between Monday 26th March – Friday 30th March, 2012,.   We are inviting the South Island riders first before we include any North Island riders.   Limited numbers.


The programme which we are working on at the moment is:-


Sunday 25th March          Arrive at the Waituna West Hall, north of Feilding. Light meal provided.


Monday 26th March         Riding from Waituna West to Rangiwahia (further north)


Tuesday 27th March        Riding from Rangiwahia to Mangaweka


Wednesday 28th March    Riding in the Mangaweka area


Thursday 29th March       Leaving Mangaweka and riding north to Mokai in the foot hills of The Ruahine Ranges.


Friday 30th March           Riding in the Mokai area – Packing Up – Evening Party


Saturday 31st March        Depart for Home


#                           Waituna West is approximately 2 ½ hours driving from Wellington and Mokai which is in the Taihape region would be approximately  3 ½ hour drive back to Wellington.


#                           All meals will be supplied – a bar will be available for purchasing your evening supplies.   Entertainment available.


#                           Cost will be $550 per rider     –     $ 400  per driver

Expressions of interest ASAP with deposit of $100 by the

1st February, 2012. would be appreciated.

Payable to the Waituna West Hall,

C/- Marj Shannon, Benson Road, R.D. 9

Feilding, along with your full details.   Phone 06 3286 894 evenings or 06 323 9393 during day.


#                           We would appreciate if you could pass this on to other riders within your areas, and let us know ASAP if you would be interested in taking part.


#                           To bring your horses and all their supplies and for yourself all bedding etc, and maybe a tent for sleeping etc.   In Waituna West, Rangiwahia and Mokai the halls in the area or shearers quarters will be available.   We are still working on availability of sleeping arrangements in the Mangaweka area.

If you do need your vehicle for accommodation, you will need to bring a camp mother.


#                           We will be able to transport all your requirements to each over night stay.


#                           We are able to offer you a discounted fare with either Bluebridge or the Inter Island ferries similar to what is available for the North Islanders when they travel South.

To get this offer all bookings must be done through Carol Rickards one of our members who travels south most years.

Contact or

phone 06 3490508.


#                           More details after the New Year.


Looking forward to hearing from you,

Kind Regards,  Marj Shannon.




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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

September newsletter

Things have been all go here at the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust. New signage erected in the Lindis Pass to show the area of the first gold found in Otago, a stone wall repaired by the Come-in –Time Battery in Thompsons gorge, and new Pinders Pond interpretation panels are complete and will be erected in time for our next field weekend on the 16th/17th October.

We had a good AGM in Alex back in June:

  • long time Trail Boss and committee member Don Morrison was elevated to Honorary life member status
  • Excellent written works were presented to the Trust from Valmai Beeby ‘The Mareburn Reefs’ (prepared by her late husband Richard Beeby) and from Ed Dwyer ‘Historic Shelter Sheds and Route Guides on the Old Man Range’
  • All current committee members were re-elected. They are Martin Anderson (president), Nola Gollop (treasurer) and committee members Bruce McMillan, Mike Floate, Kay Adam, Dave Neill, Don Morrison, John Cook.

The AGM was followed by a very interesting bus tour around some historic pubs over-nighting in Naseby with a bit of Curling.

Next Field Weekend 16th and 17th October

Fancy a weekend in Roxburgh? On the Saturday we meet at the Commercial Hotel for tea and scones before heading out with David Hamilton to explore the dams and water races associated with the Teviot Power Scheme (one of the original power schemes in Otago forged from the water reservoirs and races originally set up for gold mining). On the Sunday morning we will be having a tour of the old (and not-so-old) diggings and information at Stu Edgecumbe’s mining area followed by a guided tour of a couple of Gorge Creek points of interest by local historian Ed Dwyer before lunch at the Shingle Creek Tavern… Fantastic scenery,  knowledgeable interpreters and good camaraderie to be had walking in the hills and sharing dinner/breakfast together… click here to down-load a registration form .

Cavalcade up-date

We are in the middle of a review of our safety plan – it’s all common sense, nothing to concern yourselves with but there will be a mention about kicking horses – something like “If you have a horse who goes out of its way to kick another horse or person it is not welcome on the Cavalcade – leave it at home or be prepared to get kicked off the trail.”

We are feeling pretty bad about the leather badges that stained some of your shirts from Wanaka. Unfortunately the outfit that made them and sewed them on has gone bust so there won’t be a lot of compensation from them! To get a handle on the size of the situation we are asking those who are unable to wear their shirt to mail it to us. I would just like to reiterate that this was not a Swanndri problem  – their shirts are awesome and we can all get 20% off all their gear just by going to their website and entering the promo code ‘cavalcade’.

Dates for 2011 are confirmed as 26th Feb to 5th March (some trails are starting later but we all finish together on the 5th.) see here for the previous newsletter with trail start points in it.
For those of you who aren’t already, It is recommended you become a member of the Goldfields 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. This year nearly all the trails reached their capacity. Click here to renew membership.
Thanks very much for your support. I hope to see some of you in Roxburgh next month and many of you in Oamaru next year!

Terry Davis

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust

03 445 0111

021 284 6844

PS, if you’re talking with your mates who you believe should be getting these newsletters also can you please check they are receiving them. If not get them to contact me and I’ll update our database. Good on ya