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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


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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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
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.

Lake Wanaka – Goldfields Cavalcade host town 2010.

Welcome to the Winding Road to Wanaka, the finale celebrations for the 2010 Goldfields Cavalcade.

Since 1991, the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust has organised the annual Cavalcade, an event for horse-riders, wagoners and walkers to trek across the hills and lowlands of Central Otago, re-tracing the steps and trails of the gold miners who sought their fortune in inland Otago at the end of the nineteenth century.

The next Goldfields Cavalcade will be finishing in Lake Wanaka on Saturday 27th February 2010 and the Cavalcade Host Town Committee in Wanaka are organising the finale celebrations.

Cavalcaders ride into town at High Noon and parade down Ardmore Street and along the lakefront, dressed in period costume. Line the streets early to get a great viewing spot and step back in time to the 1860’s.

Join in the fun at Pembroke Park with a music extravaganza of local talent. There’ll be food, drink and market stalls to keep the family entertained throughout the afternoon, 11am to 4pm.

Are you a stallholder wanting to run a stall? Download an application form here.

Note applications need to be received by Friday 29th January and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book your tickets to the Hoedown on Saturday night and dance the night away at the Lake Wanaka Centre with Wanaka’s own Highway 89 – 8pm to late – tickets $25 from http://www.ticketfest.co.nz, 0220 4 TICKET or Wanaka i-SITE (plus booking fee).

Here’s a Lake Wanaka map with details for the event:

Need to contact the Host Town Committee? Do so at lakewanaka@cavalcade.co.nz or PO Box 147, Wanaka

Programme of events – Saturday 27th February 2010 – Lake Wanaka

11am to 4pm: Market Day at Pembroke Park

High Noon: Parade through town and along the lakefront

8pm to late: Cavalcade Hoedown 2010 at Lake Wanaka Centre

About Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka lies at the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, a pristine environment of striking mountains and deep alpine lakes. Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, hikers, climbers and day walkers from around the world enjoy the area’s spectacular natural beauty. Long hot summers for sun-seekers and boaties to outdoor adventures for mountain bikers and kayakers. Enjoy your stay.

Here are some special things to do and see:-

Activities and Relaxation

Southern Alps Air Wanaka/Makarora: Flightseeing to Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook and local area. Special Cavalcade Group rates. 0800 345 666 www.southernalpsair.co.nz

Siberia Experience Fly-Walk-Jetboat: Get a group together and check this out. Fantastic 4 hour or overnight adventure!! 0800 345 666 www.southernalpsair.co.nz

Body Workshop: Remedial massage for aches and strains from the ride. No whale music or crystal waiving. Contact Kevin Gingell-Kent on 03 443 9722.

Skydive Lake Wanaka Ltd: Imagine freefalling from 15,000 feet above the worlds most incredible scenery. Operating 7 days a week. 0800 786 877, www.skydivewanaka.com

Classic Flights: Vintage Tiger Moth Flights over Lake Wanaka feel the real Freedom and Romance of flight. 0508 4flying, www.classicflights.co.nz

Deep Canyon: Waterfall abseiling, sliding & jumping into pools. Small guided groups, wild situations and big-time fun. Dave Vass: 03 443 7922, www.deepcanyon.co.nz

Alpine Kayak Guides: Exciting, scenic and safe river adventures to suit all ages. Mention this ad and receive free photos! 0800 KAYAK1, www.alpinekayaks.co.nz

Puzzling World: Jump off the saddle and enter a world of illusion and

brain-bending fun. Open 8:30am to 6:00pm. 03 443 7489, www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

Aspiring Massage Wanaka: Get that back sorted! Deep Tissue – Relaxation. Provider to Academy of Sport N.Z. Trevor Bailey 0274 222 455, aspiringmassagewanaka@xtra.co.nz

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow: Easter 2, 3, 4th April 2010 Wanaka Airport. Warbirds, Military vehicles, Stalls. 03 443 8619, www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

Wanaka Flightseeing: We offer personalized scenic flights of discovery throughout the Mt Aspiring and Milford Sound region. 0800 105105, www.flightseeing.co.nz

Massage In Wanaka: Just what you need at the end of a long ride to recover quicker. 03 443 8448, www.massageinwanaka.co.nz

Wanaka loves recycling! Recycle with care while you are here – look out for the Love NZ recycling bins all around town. www.wanakawastebusters.co.nz

Sustainable Wanaka asks all Cavalcaders to say no to plastic bags. Please take your own bags or use a cardboard box when shopping in our beautiful town. www.sustainablewanaka.co.nz

Food and Accommodation

AmiGos Mexican Grill: Wanaka’s Home of Hot Mexican & Cool Margaritas… Since 1995! 03 443 7872, www.amigoscafe.co.nz

Alpine Motel Apartments: Central, self-contained Family & Studio units – full kitchens! Mt views, Laundry, Internet, Parking. 0800 82 22 84, www.alpinemotels.co.nz

Lake Outlet Holiday Park: Rest your comfy beds for weary bones. Cabins available in peaceful Holiday Park. Great Rates. 03 443 7478, www.lakeoutlet.co.nz

Wanaka Farmers and Gardeners Market: Wanaka Farmers and Gardeners Market, for the people, by the people. Fresh, local and sustainable. Saturday only.

Ray White Property Management: Visiting wonderful Wanaka? Let Ray White take care of all your short-term accommodation needs. Ellie Davis on 03 443 7123, www.rwwanaka.co.nz

Visit Wanaka i-SITE, log cabin, lakefront, 03 443 1223 www.lakewanaka.co.nz

With thanks to our supporters of the Cavalcade Finale celebrations: