Trails for 2012

For full details click on the trail below.

To download a registration form click here.

To download a registration booklet click here. (The information in the booklet is the same as when you click on these trails below.)

Chris Bayne(Trail is now full) Tussock Creek light wagons – maximum of 70. Starting in the vicinity of Mossburn – Garston – Nevis – Bannockburn

Tony Cumberbeach – Speight’s heavy wagons – maximum of 55. Starting from Cattle Flat – Nokomai – Nevis – Bannockburn

Stu Moore – Riding – maximum of 80. Starting from Roxburgh – Nevis – Bannockburn

Alastair Gibson (Trail is now full)– Riding – maximum of 70 Starting from Omarama – Lindis – Queensberry – Mt. Pisa

Jane Whitmore – Riding –  maximum of 70. (taking over from Steve Vickers who took over from Winston Parks) Arrowtown – Macetown day trip – Waitiri Station – Lowburn

Gandy Burrows and April Hill  (instead of Alice Stewart next year) Speight’s Pack Horse Traverse maximum of 30. Starting from Lindis – St. Bathans – Matakanui – Clyde – Bannockburn

Tony Roderique – Riding – maximum of 70. 3 days at Matakanui followed by 3 days in Bannockburn

Murray MacMillan and Edgar Parcel (Trail is now full)(Out of retirement again) Riding – maximum of 25. Greenstone, Mt. Nicolas, Cecil Peak, barge to Staircase Creek, Lochlinnie, Nevis, Bannockburn

Sandra Cain(Trail is now full) Walking – maximum of 50. Starting near Roxburgh – Knobby range – Alex – Earnscleugh – Bannockburn

Matthew Sole – Walking – maximum of 40. Starting at Oturehua – Blackstone Hill – Becks – Thompsons Gorge – Bendigo

Peter Dymock(Trail is now full)Walking – maximum of 12. Starting near Garston – Blue lakes – Garvies – Patterson Hutt – Bannockburn

Morley Williams – Walking – maximum of 30. Based at the Bannockburn School Camp – 3 individual day-walks: Northburn Station, Cairnmure Station and Pipe Clay Gulley.

Special new trail for the keen of spirit but less athletically able – sharing accommodation at the Bannockburn school camp and caterers with Morley Williams’ day walkers. Bruce McMillan will be leading 4WD excursions around Bannockburn, Nevis and Bendigo to check out the outstanding gold mining heritage areas close to Cromwell.

The shirts for Cromwell 2012 - going back to basic's $35

latest Cavalcade up-date

A good meeting was had in Oamaru in the weekend with the trail bosses and Oamaru Host Town Committee. Things are coming along nicely, we have a fantastic range of walking and horse trails to choose from and Oamaru have some great ideas they want to implement to ensure the final day will be something quite special.

One issue in particular popped up and we think it’s probably best to give you all a heads-up sooner rather than later.

Some trails are getting a few too many back-up drivers which meant some riders/wagoners missed out on a trail this year. We would like you to consider if a personal back-up driver is absolutely necessary (all trails have a system of transporting your gear and feed from place to place), if it is then could you possibly ‘group up‘ and share someone else’s driver? Some trail bosses will be setting minimal limits on back-up drivers.

Dates for 2011 are confirmed as 26th Feb to 5th March (some trails are starting later but we all finish together on the 5th.

Here’s a bit of an idea (not yet set in stone!) about where the trails will be starting from and how many days on each. You can click on the place name below for a google map if you are unsure of where they are – if the link doesn’t work you can easily search each start location on google maps .

Trail Boss:            Start:            Duration:

Stu Moore,  Stanton Station, Kimbell – 7 days Riding

Alistair Gibson,  Ribbonwood, Omarama – 6 Days Riding (restricted back-up drivers)

Steve Vickers, Shag Point – 4-5days Riding

Tony Roderique, Dunback – 6-7 days Riding (Clover leaf trail)

Alice Stewart,  Mt Cook – 7days Riding (very limited numbers, unassisted)

Chris Bayne, Near Kyeburn – 7 days. Light Wagons (restricted back-up drivers)

Tony Cumberbeach, Moeraki – 7 days Heavy Wagons

Sandra Cain, Glencoe station (somewhere near ‘the Dasher)- 4 days Walking

Don Morrison, Mt Dasher Station. 3 days. Walking

Peter Dymock, Kyeburn – 3days Walking (unassisted, very limited numbers)

Morley Williams, Dansey’s Pass Holiday Park – 3 days Walking, (Clover leaf trail).

If you haven’t already done so it is recommended you become a member of the Goldfileds 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.

You can become a member on-line or by down loading a PDF from here http://goldfieldstrust.org.nz/2009/06/12/otago-goldfields-heritage-trust-membership/

Thanks very much for your interest. I hope to see many of you in Oamaru next year.


Terry Davis

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust

P O Box 91

Cromwell 9342

03 445 0111

021 284 6844

www.goldfieldstrust.org.nz

www.cavalcade.co.nz

Got space in your float? Need a new Horse?

Check out our new Classifieds page (top right hand corner of the website) to see if you can help out a fellow Cavalcader or ask them for their help.

Buy, sell, exchange, barter, ride share, wife share… (just kidding about the wife share, that’s a whole other website).

Please note, all contact info you submit will be visible to the general public.

MINARET MARAUDERS CAVALACADE WALKING TRAIL

click here for Gronell website

SORRY THIS TRAIL IS NOW FULL

Trail Boss: Sandra Cain

PH: 03 4881 033   

Email: walkingtrail@xtra.co.nz

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

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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.

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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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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!
Accommodation
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) .
Food
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.
Weather
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
Email pjdymock@xtra.co.nz

Peter Dymock

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Trail Bosses meet in Lake Wanaka

Trail bosses meeting in wonderful Lake Wanaka
20th June 2009: The trail bosses converge on Lake Wanaka to check out the site of the 2010 Cavalcade finale celebrations. Meeting up with the Host Town Committee they ironed out the accommodation, parade route and the Hoedown location and made sure there were plans for hot showers and power for the hairdryer! The trail bosses were also rather pleased to find a chef on the Host Town Committee! Many thanks to Cheeky Monkey for providing the delicious muffins and sandwiches to help the meeting progress.
The Cavalcade Host Town celebrations will start at high noon with a Cavalcade parade down Ardmore Street and along the lakefront, ending with stalls, music and family entertainment at Pembroke Park. The evenings Hoedown at the Lake Wanaka Centre will be a great opportunity for the weary Cavalcaders and the locals to mix and tell a tale or two.

Diary the date now – 27th February 2010 – Lake Wanaka.

With thanks to our local sponsors: Lake Wanaka Tourism and Wanaka Hotel.