KAIMANAWA CLASSIC – 2 or 3 DAY GUIDED HORSE TREK
December 1 - December 31
KAIMANAWA CLASSIC 2018
2018 Event Dates are likely to be either the 1st or 2nd weekend of December
The dates shown are not confirmed ( confirmation hopefully in April/May) and subject always to NZ Army requirements regarding Army activities.
All bookings must be made online. This guided tour is strictly limited in numbers and bookings are on a first received basis.
The only horse trek where you can ride up close to the Wild Kaimanawa Horses experience the stunning scenery of the Central Plateau and be challenged by riding the hills and wild horse tracks in the NZ Defence Force’s training area.
Trails of Imjin
Friday – Argo Valley and Muster Yards
Three-day trekkers this is your day one. The day is dedicated to seeing as many Kaimanawa Horses as possible.
We will ride directly to the Argo valley to spend as much time as we can, watching and photographing the wild Kaimanawa horses and if the weather permits swim our horses in the water holes in the Moawhango River beside the muster yards. This is a muster year for the Wild Kaimanawa Horses by DOC so this will be our best option to see the remaining horses and spring foals. The Argo is a beautiful valley and home to many of the wild horse herds.
Saturday – Following in the hoof tracks of the wild horses
Two-day trekkers this is your day one.
This day you will experience it ALL, from big hills to bulldozed tank tracks, actual horse tracks, section’s of fine gravel and best of all some off track exploring. Yes your horse and you will NEED TO BE FIT. We have a very experienced crew and they will assist and support you through any challenges however you do need to have a fit horse to cope with the challenging terrain.
Sunday – Lake Moawhango
Final day. Shorter ride.
We understand you have a big trip home today so we will plan to be back to camp by 1PM. We will have some sections of gravel and some off Track exploring up to the Lake. A gentle ride today with small hills. Beautiful photo opportunities of the Central Plateau Mountains and Lake Moawhango
For this years Kaimanawa Classic Horse Trek, we will be camping all three nights out in the training area beside the Moawhango River at a NEW site called Imjin. Access is via gravel road. 2wheel drive is ok but 4wheel drive is preferred.
BBQ – Saturday Night
We will be hosting a BBQ and entertainment night on Saturday evening. Bring your camp chair and refreshment up to the campfire and mingle and have some laughs. Most trekkers camp in their trucks or floats but you are welcome to bring your tent. Horse water is via the river you will need to roll up your sleeves and keep your horse supplied. Best you bring your own drinking water. You will also be able to purchase lunches as part of your registration. All other meals (except BBQ) are self-catered. [Special diet requirements are NOT catered for sorry]
Collectable Trek T-shirts
Keep your eye out for the collectable trek T-shirts that can be ordered from right here When you complete your registration. You will look great on the Trek with your 2018 Collectable Shirt.
We are able to provide you with a cut lunch each day if you wish to preorder. The lunch will be sufficient for the day and consist of Sandwiches, two Muesli bars (or similar) a piece of fruit and a small bottle of drink. It will come in a plastic bag so you will need to have a more robust container to carry it with you on the Trek. The cost for lunches for the three day Trek is $45 or the 2 day Trek $30. If you would like to preorder your lunches it is essential that you do so when you register. We are not able to take orders for lunches other than on the registration form. Unfortunately we are not able to cater for special diets for preordered lunches.
We will supply the Steel Pipe night pens and you bring your electric fence units for your day pens. There is grass but we suggest also bringing some hay or whatever you normally feed your horse. FYI big changes in diet may cause your horse to tie up.
This alpine environment can be hot and dry or wet and very cold, or all 4 in the one day. The tracks can go from being hard under foot to slippery. We advise you to shoe your horse. There will be areas of unsealed roads and metal tracks. We will mainly follow bulldozed tracks, motorbike and horse tracks. So expect a bit of everything including the odd steep bits on the hill climbs. There will be crew on hand and you can always lead your horse for the short distance if you’re unsure.
Access is via gravel road. 2wheel drive is ok but 4wheel drive is preferred.
The central plateau can be hot and dry or sleet and very cold, and all these things on the same day. In this environment its best to be over prepared then lacking especially if it’s wet and cold. Check out our suggested gear list below.
This alpine environment can change quickly so we may need to change our routes if the weather becomes to rough because of the openness of the country it will make unpleasant riding. We have alternative routes planned for this scenario. So if there is an extreme fire risk or heavy rain, then the organisers reserve the right to close or alter tracks for the safety of all participants. This will be advised on the day.
This trek is not suitable for undisciplined or green horses.
It is best to bring feed for your horse as they many not be used to the tussock. Standard hay is ideal as changing your horses diet with supplements may see them bind up on a longer ride. If your horse kicks please mark its tail with red tape. It is your responsibility to keep your horse away from other horses. This country is not suitable for bit less uncontrolled horses.
No stallions. No pregnant mares. Horse must be over 4yrs. There will be quad support on this trek so introduce your horse to these before they come on the trek.
You will get the most out of this trek if you and your horse are reasonably fit. You don’t have to be endurance fit by any means, as this is a walking trek. Every rider must wear a riding helmet. Every rider must attend the safety briefs. We are riding on military land which has unexploded ordinances to ensure you and your horses safety it is required that you follow the instructions of the safety briefs and not go riding off on your own or in front of the lead guides!!!! The army can stop these treks if we do not follow safety requirements. If you cant follow the rules you will be sent home. Do not litter, take all your rubbish with you. No riders under 14yrs. The terrain is not suitable for beginner riders. No firearms.
Wet weathers, Thermals, Food, Cooking gear, Camera, BYO refreshment [yes you can bring your beersies], First aid kit, Riding helmet [compulsory]
Warm riding gloves, Sun screen, lip balm, Scarf or neck sock [ideal for protection against wind and dust], Tent and ground sheet, Camp chairs [the tussock is not that comfortable], Head torch, Water bucket, Electric tape and unit and standards, Electrolytes and your horse first aid kit.
Hay etc, Winter rug
TREK FEES 2018
Registrations open on www.offlimits.co.nz in September 2018
The registration fee for the 2018 Kaimanawa Horse Trek will be:
- Rider 2 day event $250.00
- Rider 3 day event $320.00
- Non riding companion $20 per day
- Lunches $45 for three day trek, $30 for two day Trek.
- Collectors Trek t-shirt before trek $25.00
Collectors Trek t-shirt at the trek $30.00 Only a few available at Trek until stocks run out
- A comprehensive ‘2018 Kaimanawa Horse Trek participants guide’ will be issued in November to all those who have signed up and paid for the trek.
This trek really is a must do adventure. It is not suitable for unfit undisciplined horses or riders. We do not allow riders who disrespect the rules to return and we reserve the right to revoke participation for those who fail to follow instructions. The rules are simply to minimise hazards and injury to participants and their horses and are standard trekking rules.
Dates to be confirmed in April for December 2018
Registrations open 1 September 2018
Numbers are limited to 100
This popular trek sold out in 2017 within 4 weeks.
Cancellation or Refund
If you need to cancel your registration for any reason please read our refund policy which is at https://offlimits.co.nzabout-offlimits/payments-refunds/
FUNDS RAISED FROM THE KAIMANAWA CLASSIC GO TOWARDS OFFLIMITS CHARITABLE TRUST’S MANDATE – SUPPORTING NEW ZEALAND’S INJURED SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTING INITIATIVES
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