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
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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

Goldfields Cavalcade to Lake Wanaka get’s off to a roaring start…

There has been some great days riding and walking on the Goldfields Cavalcade so far, here’s a few snaps just to give you an idea…