Trail Boss: Stu Moore Phone: 0274 549 929 Email

Duration: 7 days Meet: Saturday 20th February At: Ben Ohau Station, Twizel Limit: 80

All horses must be freshly shod, hill and saddle fit, able to cross rivers, bogs and negotiate narrow tracks. Unruly horses should be avoided as mounts (as they just stir up everyone else’s quiet horses), but if you do have to bring a kicker, it MUST be clearly identified by a large red ribbon in their tail. Please make sure your gear fits your horse well in advance of the cavalcade, no good trying out a new saddle on an 8 hour day! No stallions. No electric tape pens. Horses will be paddocked at each night stop, in two groups for the duration of the ride.

Good quality meadow hay will be provided at each stopover. If you wish to hard feed your horse, bring your own hard feed (keeping in mind the gear allowance please). Bring heaps of sunscreen as we have ordered fine weather! Electrolytes for horse & human would be beneficial.

It will be compulsory for horses to be tied up for a least an hour when we get in each night to enable our wranglers/trail boss to check them for any problems, plus allow us to put hay out in the paddocks before letting the horses go. Wranglers/trail boss will advise where to put your horses each night after the ‘tie up’ checks are done.

Our caterers this year will be the same incredible team we had last year – The Elk House, Ken Smith and his fabulous team. So make sure you starve yourself before the trail to make room for their amazing tucker!

IMPORTANT – GEAR ALLOWANCE It is imperative that you stick to the minimum gear allowance. EQUIVALENT TO A CHAFF SACK SIZE, (horse cover & swag on top of that is acceptable). If you can’t lift it, don’t expect our Gopher’s to lift it. If you have your own back up and vehicle, you can bring whatever you like!

Saturday: Meet at Ben Ohau Station, near Twizel (between Pukaki and Ohau).There will be a compulsory horse and gear check from 3pm onwards, dinner to follow.

Sunday: Depart Ben Ohau headed for Lake Ohau Station. Today’s ride will take us out over the Canal, up into the Ben Ohau Mountains down into the top end of Lake Ohau where we have a few river crossings and onto Lake Ohau Station. If the weather is fine we should have some fantastic views of all the surrounding lakes today.

Monday: We leave Lake Ohau Station travelling around the edge of Lake Ohau to Ribbonwood Station. Good chance for a cool off in the lake today, if you dare (weather permitting!).

Tuesday: Today is an easy half day from Ribbonwood to Ben Avon Station. Afternoon will involve the annual Touch Rugby match, bareback barrel race (practising prohibited!) and other optional activities and hilarity. This should be a very relaxing and enjoyable day.

Wednesday: Our destination today is Forest Range in the Lindis Pass. This will be a gutsy day riding through Longslip & Dalrachney Stations – lots of good climbs and views to match.

Thursday: We ride from Forest Range to Lake Hawea Station via the Grandview track dropping into Breast Creek then climb out into Breast Peak with some spectacular views of Lake Hawea hopefully, then down onto the station.

Friday: Today we will go around the edge of Lake Hawea via Lake Hawea township then around to the Mt Burke area to our final night’s stopover.

Saturday-We’re there! Saturday sees us making our way to the Wanaka Rodeo Club Grounds, in preparation for the parade and finale. We will be staying here overnight (horses and people).

If you have any questions please contact Trail Boss Stuart Moore on 0274-549-929, 03-4466741 or

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Tussock Creek Light Wagons – Omarama to Wanaka

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Trail Boss: Chris Bayne

Phone: 03 489 4921 (evenings)


Duration: 7 days Meet on: Saturday 20th February Limit: 75

Saturday: We meet at Dunstan Peak approx 15kms from Omarama. There will be a horse check from 3pm onwards. Dinner will be at 7pm followed by a welcome talk. (A light lunch for small change will be available)

Sunday: Be prepared for a big day as we will climb up to 1500meters. The views on the top are amazing looking down at Lake Ohau, Lake Pukaki and hopefully see Mt Cook. We also get great views of the Ewe Range and St Bathans Mountains. We then wander down following Camp Creek, through the tussocks and down to Hawkdun Station. Approx 45kms.

Monday: With the Hawkdun and Dunstan Mountains high above us we will travel down to the historic town of St Bathans and it’s Blue Lake. We will take time to look around this little town steeped in history and maybe see the ghosts that haunt the Vulcan Hotel. We then travel through Cambrian where one of our famous landscape painters Grahame Sydney lives then onto our night stop.

Tuesday: A nice easy day wandering along the foothills of the Dunstan Mountains looking out onto the Maniototo Plains and on to the Glassford’s property at Matakanui which is steeped in history and I know that the owners will be able to talk to us about the goldmines.

Wednesday: Today we head over the Thomson Saddle through the Dunstan Mountains. It is a good climb to the top looking down at the grapes at Bendigo (the home of Shrek), the Clutha River, the Pisa Mountain Range and looking down on historic goldmining sites.

Thursday: A nice easy day, a ride and drive, a picnic lunch, swim and even a game of cricket in the sunshine! What else could we want as we stay in the same place for 2 nights.

Friday: On our last day we head past many high country stations north over the Clutha River to Luggate and stop for refreshments at the Luggate Hotel. We then climb up the hill through Lake McKay Station and onto the Larches in the Cardrona Valley.

Saturday: We head to Wanaka and on to the Rodeo Grounds where we will stay the night. We then go through the town, along the front of Lake Wanaka looking towards the Mountains, taking in the breath taking scenery, then go back to the rodeo grounds.

Enjoy your week and don’t forget to sample the fruit and wine of Central Otago which is all home grown.

Chris Bayne

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Trail Boss: Sandra Cain

PH: 03 4881 033   


Duration: 4 Days                   

Meet: Tuesday 23rd February 2010      Limit: 50

Your 4 day trail is a little different this year as we begin and finish in Wanaka


Want a trail with that x factor – read on.

This is a one off opportunity to join our very special and exciting trail on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Over the next three days we will make our way over varied terrain heading up the lake to the beautiful Minaret Station this is not accessible by road. We will have breathtaking views, ride on a Barge, we will be walking towards the mountains every day and we have a very special treat. Those of you that know me know I love to spring something special during the trail this is the very best of them all but it is a secret so you will have to join us to find out more.

Our gathering at Wanaka on Tuesday evening signals the start of the trail.

Wednesday and our destination today is West Wanaka Station. Leaving Wanaka we will follow the shoreline to Glendhu Bay here we climb above the bluffs (the views are spectacular) before descending towards West Wanaka Station.

On Thursday the terrain is varied as we spend time both near the shore and further inland. We will climb up to 740 metres where the scenery is everything you would expect to see in the travel promotions.

Friday morning and leaving the woolshed we continue heading towards the mountains and Minaret Station. We will have time for swimming or maybe some will catch a Trout or Salmon along the way.

On Saturday morning we will barge across Lake Wanaka. Boarding our waiting bus we will have awesome views of Lake Hawea as we return to Wanaka where we will join the other trails for the grand parade.

A high standard of tramping fitness is required as most days involve 6-7 hours tramping over varied terrain. Our backup team will transport your gear, but walkers will need to carry a backpack containing personal effects. Caterers will provide our meals and accommodation will be in a hall and woolsheds.

A safe parking area is available for those wishing to leave their vehicle at Wanaka.


This really is a special and fun trail and an experience you will not want to miss.

The price does include the cost of the barge, bus and yes that special treat.

See you in February.

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Some of you may be familiar with the story of 5 year old Grace Hughes from Dunedin through the recently screened 20/20 program on TV. Grace, for no apparent physical reason, has never eaten and has been nil by mouth since she was born. She was initially fed through a nasal tube, then later through a stomach tube. Grace’s family are going to Graz, Austria to a specialist hospital dealing with similar children to Grace, with very positive success stories. Any funds raised from this horse trek will be going directly to the ‘Amazing Grace Medical Fund’. Grace is booked late November for treatment. Please complete & sign attached registration.

If you do not wish to ride, but would like to help Grace, you can donate to the Amazing Grace Medical fund by visiting any National Bank Branch or depositing donations into Account Number 06-0901-0396524-00.

WHERE: Based from Gem Lake Station, Ettrick, Central Otago

Riding will be depending on weather on and around hill country farmland.

WHEN: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2009

YOU WILL NEED: Your own horse (light to medium fitness required) NO STALLIONS

Cutlery (knife, fork, spoon) plate, cup, dessert plate

Wet weather gear

BYO Alcohol & Saddlebag Snacks

PROVIDED: Woolshed available to sleep in (BYO mattress, sleeping bag, pillow)

Paddocks/Yards for horses (no electric tape pens please)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Saturday

Breakfast, Lunch – Sunday

COST: $100 for the weekend (any other donations gratefully accepted)

Click here for PDF form. Please return completed registration to:

Stuart Moore, 99 Norman Rd, R D 2 Roxburgh Or Email to:

Back Country Cuisine Prospectors – WALKING TRAIL

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Trail Boss: Sam Graham

Phone 03 445 4416 Fax 03 445 4417


Duration: 5 days

Start: Monday 22 February 2010

Maximum: 12 people

Fitness: This trail is for very fit, boot hardened, people only. Must be able to walk up to 20kms

a day over untracked high country, some steep terrain, and carry your pack with all

your gear and some shared food, which is provided, and will be cooked by the

group. Some food drops will be made.

Accommodation is in back country huts, woolshed, and one night in a supplied tent.

There will be no ‘backup’ vehicle.

It will be an experience of how the miners really did it.

This is a non-smoking trail.


Transport to Trail start: By bus after parking private cars in Wanaka.


Mon 22 : Meet early evening for the night in Wanaka.

Tues 23 : Bus to trail start at the top of the Crown Range.

Follow the DoC track along the top of the Range through Mt Allen 1492m,

Queensberry Hill 1531m, to Meg Hut for the night. Splendid views all day.

Wed 24: Follow creek beds and ridges on to the Pisa Range, with more wonderful views,

then drop down to Meadow Hut in the upper reaches of the Roaring Meg.

Thur 25: Head towards Luggate Creek on the Criffel Range, via a water-race and

old gold workings, to spend the night camping out in a tent, beside Luggate Creek.

Fri 26: Follow Luggate Creek to Little Criffel 1341m, and over to The Criffel Diggings

before descending the ridge via Criffel Peak 1282m to Criffel Station for

the night.

Sat 27: Short walk into Wanaka for the parade.

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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

Peter Dymock

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Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust Membership

If you would like to help the Trust preserve and promote the wonderful heritage sites of the Otago Gold Fields please consider becoming a member. Members get first choice on what trail they would like to do on the Cavalcade- some trails fill very fast so to secure your spot membership definately helps!

Register your membership here on-line. (incures a %3 transaction fee)

Please contact us about it via the details below and we’ll post you out a registration pack.

Physical address: The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust
Cnr of Erris and Donegal Streets, Cromwell, Central Otago

PO Box 91 Cromwell 9342

Phone: (03) 445-0111

Email, please click here.