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Ph 03 472 7555(eve) 021 2200 201

Email: janis.stusykes@xtra.co.nz

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

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Phone: 027 2222258 or 03 207 1774 

email: tnt@e3.net.nz  

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  

email: a.s.gibson@xtra.co.nz

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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Trail Boss: Stu Moore Phone: 0274 549 929 Email sm.farrier@hotmail.com

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 sm.farrier@hotmail.com

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Tussock Creek Light Wagons – Omarama to Wanaka

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Trail Boss: Chris Bayne

Phone: 03 489 4921 (evenings)

Email: chrisbayne@xtra.co.nz

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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