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…

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Click here to visit the Speight's websiteTrail Boss: Tony Cumberbeach

Ph 03 472 7555(eve) 021 2200 201


Duration: 7 days Meet: Saturday 20th February

Open to wagoners, riders and totally self-catering. This means you need to supply all your own food and the means with which you cook it (gas only please); plus bedding, tents etc, horse food and water containers. Drinking water supplied. You need to bring fencing gear so please ensure your horses are electric fence safe.


We meet at Deep Creek on Saturday 20th February-not far from Tarras on the north side of the Clutha River. We camp there for 4 nights, taking easy daily excursions to various points of interest in the district which is steeped in gold mining history and is now becoming a thriving wine growing area. There will be one “testing” day with a bit of hill work but the emphasis this year is on cruisey daily jaunts.

Wednesday we head to Luggate-Hawea area to camp then onto Albert Town to camp Thursday and Friday nights.

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‘NRM’ Boundary Riders

NRM - Feed to succeed website...Trail Boss: Tony Roderique

Phone: 027 2222258 or 03 207 1774 


Duration: 7 days Meet: 20th February Limit 80

We gather at Tim Scurrs place opposite Cardrona Ski Field on the 20th of Febuary.

We stay there for 3 days, with rides along the Cardrona River, with 1 day into the Snow Farm, taking in the Possum Borne Mermorial and the great views over the Cardrona
From there we shift to John Mc Raes – GlendHu Station.  Another 3 days
riding with Lake front riding and into the hills around Wanaka.
There are some terrific views on the rides.
The Alexandra Lions will be doing a great job as usual as our cooks.   They
will also be running their bar.
Breakfast at 7a.m, ride-out 8.30a.m hoping to return by 4.30p.m daily.
Horses and riders must be hill-fit for this ride.

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‘Swanndri’ MAKARORA TRAIL – Mt Burke/Makarora to Wanaka

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Trail Boss: Alastair Gibson

Phone: 03 431 2851  


Duration: 7 days Meet: 20th February Limit 80

This ride is a chance to see some spectacular views and a unique opportunity to visit the west side of Lake Wanaka.

Saturday: (Afternoon)- We meet at the Mt Burke Station turnoff, midway between Wanaka and Hawea. Evening meal provided.

Sunday: Starting at Mt Burke Station, we follow the shores of Lake Wanaka from Dublin Bay, passing Stevenson Island. From there we climb up the ridge between Wanaka and Hawea (some awesome sights) continuing along the top before dropping off to Dinner Flat. This is an 8 hour ride but well worth the effort. Horses will be tended to then put in a paddock for the night (a wrangler will stay the night at Dinner Flat with the horses). Riders will travel by bus to the Mt Burke base for the night.

Monday: Drive vehicles and floats to Dinner Flat, load horses, then proceed by road to Mt Albert Station at Makarora. An arrangement will be made for those who haven’t transport. Our base will be at the Mt Albert Woolshed. Once we are all saddled up, we cross the Makaoroa River and ride up the Willkin Valley, then return to base camp. Approx 5 hours ride.

Tuesday: We ride down the side of Lake Wanaka to Minaret Station, a great variety of scenery. Approx 7 hours ride. Cooks and Backups will boat cross the lake so your gear will have to be kept to a minimum.

Wednesday: Ride through the paddocks. Cross the Minaret Burn and on to West Wanaka Station. Approx 8 hours ride.

Thursday: From West Wanaka we ride up the Matukituki Valley, cross the river to cattle Flat then on up the Motatapu River (The Treble Cone Ski field is above us) and over Glendhu Hill to Alpha Burn Station. Approx 6-7 hours ride.

Friday: We travel above Glendhu Bay to Mt Roy walking track, a short journey along the road to Waterfall Creek. From there we head across to Hillend Station, climb over a ridge and then down Spot Creek to Spotburn Station. Approx 7 hours ride.

Saturday: A three hour ride down the Cardrona Valley to Wanaka.

This trail is for fit horses and competent riders. A mobile bar facility will be travelling with the backup.

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Trail Boss – Winston Parks Phone 03 412 8123

Duration 6 days Meets on Monday 22 February 2010 Limit 50

The Fraser River Riders will assemble at Earnscleugh Station on the afternoon and evening of Monday 22nd February 2010.

Alistair Campbell owner of this iconic station has had several Cavalcade trails pass through his property over the years, but remains a welcoming host.

Dinner approx. 7pm

Earnscleugh Station is easily found on the Clyde-Alexandra back road.

Tuesday morning we ride out through the Fraser Dam area, along ridges and valleys below the Carrick Range to arrive at the historic gold mining area of Bannockburn. Here we will be hosted by Don and Marion Clark at Carrick Station. Some will remember Don as the outstanding Otago and All Black flanker of the early and mid sixties, whose career was cut short by a riding accident. He was a rugby and mustering mate of your Trail Boss and is looking forward to our visit.

Wednesday we ride through Bannockburn and on to the shoreline of Lake Dunstan. A brief stop at Old Cromwell Town is planned, then on round the lake edge to Lowburn Valley and lunch. The afternoon we go up Chinaman’s Gully and onto the old stock route on the Lowburn Downs, arriving at the historic Mt Pisa Station, home to Murray and Jackie McMillan. As leaders of many earlier Cavalcade trails, they will be sure to give us a very warm welcome. A winery visit is possible this afternoon.

Thursday we ride from Mt Pisa up over Locharburn country and down to Lake McKay Station homestead. We will be climbing quite high on this part of the trail so will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Upper Clutha area. Jock Meehan, manager of Lake McKay and his partner are both horse people who are happy to be our hosts.

Friday they willl lead us on a loop ride on the station behind the Luggate Creek where we will once again have special views of the Wanaka and Hawea areas.

Saturday morning we travel through part of Criffel Station and Mt Barker to the Wanaka Rodeo grounds where we assemble with the other trails for the Grand Parade.

Our catering will once again be in the most capable hands of the Strath Taieri School Team led by John Carruthers. Our Wranglers, Gofers and other helpers are all competent and friendly people so with the beautiful Central Otago scenery, some social activities and reasonable length days planned we should all hit Wanaka in good shape.

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