Roger Leslie Running Trail.


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 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.

omarama saddle

Mt St Bathans1

Blue Lake

behind naseby


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? 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

Bits and Pieces – Cavalcade from a horses saddle

Love the Goldfields Cavalcade? Know someone who does? This book could be a great gift for someone or a treasured item in your own library.

Download an order form for “Bits and Pieces – Cavalcade – from a horse’s saddle”
Written by Dorothy McGregor-Cathcart
-Limited stocks left.

A record of all the trails from 1991 – 2007 with bits and pieces of history built around them for future reference. Recognising and appreciating the cooperation of landowners in crossing their land and using their woolsheds, as well as the dedication, the many hours of unpaid labour by trail bosses and all support crews, in putting a trail together to give hundreds of people the pleasure of seeing country that they would never have seen otherwise, has been the driving force behind this story.
Over 200 photos from a variety of photographers, this book is A4 size. Special price for direct orders!!

Post Cavalcade news letter


Dear Cavalcader,

Welcome Home! Hope all went smoothly getting back there and thank you so much for coming (great distances for some)to help make this Cavalcade probably the very best, trails-wise.

The early ‘good weather booking’ worked well and those magic scenic shots were to die for –special memories for you to take home I hope.

Questionnaires: Big thanks to those of you who have sent yours back. If you haven’t, could you please do so in order for us to be able to gauge everything and get your opinions together in order to paint the picture. You can simply email us or download a form at .

Thanks very much to all of you who have taken the time to provide feedback about the Cavalcade. We have got the message loud and clear from everyone that the Host Town set-up with accommodation and festivities so far removed from each other just doesn’t work.

We are very happy to announce that next year we will be finishing at the Oamaru Racecourse. Everything will be on site just a couple of minutes walk from each other – the parade, the markets, the padlocking, accommodation, the dinner and the hoe-down. Even more exciting than that is the North Otago Scouts will be doing the catering!! These guys have done the catering for the Tussock Creek Light Wagons for over a decade and have a reputation for exceeding expectations! The Oamaru Host Town Committee includes a few Cavalcaders who really understand what you want and they are absolutely committed to showing off their hospitality!

The official DVD is almost complete and will hopefully be posted out by Ross in the next couple of weeks.


Any of you interested in The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive …….

Saddle up amongst drovers, herding cattle … for this unforgettable Outback holiday.

This unique experience is a combination of impressive sunrises and sunsets, outstanding food and ‘luxurious’ tent accommodation, droving cattle by horse and a sheer array of beautiful landscape.

The Drive runs for 4 days in August exact dates to be confirmed… please get back to us if you are half interested. Check them out here

Lost & Found

Lost: A purple Real Estate bag containing crockery, cutlery etc and wine. If this ended up in your truck please let us know at 03 4450111 or above email.

Lost: 2 horse covers “Chip” and “Pete”. Contact Kelvin Lyon 03 4822698

Lost: Small plastic bucket, handles strapped tog. Containing horse medical/grooming kit. Contact Alice at or 03 448 5423

Found: Pr. riding boots. Contact Nic Twamley 027 447 1393

20% off all Swanndri merchandise special for Cavalcaders!

Many thanks to the great sponsors who put their hand in their pocket to make the week just that wee bit more special. Go to and enter the Promo Code “cavalcade”.  20% discount will then automatically appear for all products!  Members can share this code with friends and family if they wish to do so.

(The Cavalcade office also has some mens shirts and merino vests left over so get in touch for the best prices on those.)

If you got an NRM feed voucher please don’t be shy about letting us know what you think of the product. Feedback about sponsors goods is great for when we go back to them asking for more for next year! (Of course if the feedback is bad we won’t ask them back again.)

Speight’s have to be given a big ‘good on ya mate’ for the can’s at each trail start and especially for you Heavy Wagoner’s the wee shout they put on at the Lindis Hotel was very well received! We’ll share that one around so hopefully next year a different trail will get it.

Make sure you get some Grans Remedy if your partners feet are becoming a bit ‘over powering’ (you don’t even need to tell them just slip a tsp of it in their shoes while they’re asleep).

And a huge thanks has to go to Lyndon Tamblyn (the Shelter Box guy) he got us the RJ’s Liquorice, Whittakers Chocolates, the Tussock Tucker Beef Jerky and a whole host of prizes including the Gronell Boots, SOG knives, Romariz Port