The Spring Kickstarter!!

Looking for a good boost to your training after a winter of being snuggled inside? Or a goal to get excited about? Look no further than our Spring Kickstarter! We’ve found a stunning location with new trails for an extended weekend of comraderie and getting out there! (This is a social/non competitive event)

Ardgour Station. Tarras. 13, 14, 15 and 16 September

Come for all 4 days or part of.

ENTRIES OPEN NOW! (Limited spaces)

One camp at 159 Thomson Gorge Road. Up to 3 nights accommodation and 3 full days of catering. Mountain Bikers (including E-bikers), Trail Runners, Hill Walkers and Horse Riders all welcome! Starting out at different times and following the best trails for your mode of transport!

Good worthy trails each day – 2-3hrs Friday afternoon and Monday morning. 5-6hrs Saturday and Sunday. Experienced local leaders! Bonfires, live band (Possum Pickers!!!), quiz night!

Fully catered from Dinner Friday through to breakfast Monday. Bar available.

An awesome variety of trails from lowland to highlands, open tussock to Kanuka ‘bush country’. Farm land and DOC land.

Time line:

Entries open Wednesday 26th June.

Late fee kicks in from 1st September ($40)

Friday 13th September – Arrive from lunch time (BYO lunch) – Short trail, 2pm start- 2-3hrs. Dinner included. Bonfire night.
Saturday, breakfast, lunch dinner provided, 8.30 am – 9.30 am start. 3hr morning trail, lunch in the hills, 3hr afternoon trail. Party – Band night.
Sunday,  breakfast, lunch dinner provided, 9am – 10am start, 2-3hr morning trail, lunch in the hills, 3hr afternoon trail. – Quiz night.
Monday, breakfast provided. 8.30 am – 9.30 am start. 2-3hr trail. (No lunch provided)
4 day package – $395 per person  
Or just come for Saturday and Sunday –arrive after breakfast on Saturday 14th and leaving before dinner on Sunday 15th September. Two full days adventures plus the party night!
2 days package – $270 per person.
Mid September is Springtime in Central Otago – think crisp, fresh, mornings and warm, blue sky afternoons! Of course, best you come prepared for all sorts of weather! And remember our motto – the worse the weather, the greater the adventure! Trails may be tweaked depending on the weather.
We will have marquees and a woolshed to get out of the weather if required back at camp. Portable loos AND portable showers at camp.
Accommodation Options: Yep, we are camping in early Spring – bring a hot water bottle!! We will have hot water available.
Motorhomes are welcome. Sleep in your horse float. Sleep Marae Styles in the woolshed (BYO earplugs!). Get a liner for your sleeping bag.
If you are driving here you can easily chuck in an air mattress and some extra blankets and things to make a nice cosy tent.
If you are flying into Queenstown maybe rent a camper?
We have 2 x 3-room tents – get in touch if you and a mate want one of those ‘rooms’.


Warm clothes! Thermal tops and bottoms, hat and gloves. Jersey/Fleece, Puffer jacket…  

Waterproof Jacket and over-trousers.

Warm weather gear e.g. shorts & T shirt .  

Towel & toilet articles. Personal items and a roll of loo paper.  Baby wipes. 

Small first aid kit for yourself/your horse/your bike

Sleeping bag (plus liner to make it warmer?) inflatable mattress/mat /stretcher.  Extra duvet or blankets. Hot Water Bottle.

Small ground cover to put down in woolshed or yards to put your bed/gear on (if planning on sleeping in the woolshed) 

Folding chair/stool.

Your own mug, plates, cutlery & tea towel  

Water bottle.  Lunch box. Extra snacks… Day pack/saddlebags

Money for the bar.    

Camera & torch (Phone). 

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust 

General Code of Conduct

All participants involved with Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust (OGHT) activities, including the Spring Kickstarter,  must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct and behaviour:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
  • Be reliable, respectful.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the OGHT or the Spring Kickstarter into disrepute.
  • Ensure a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Conduct. (See health and safety documentation for the relevant Complaints Policy and Procedures.)

Spring Kickstarter Cancellation Policy:

If the Spring Kickstarter should be cancelled for any reason (for example extreme fire risk, terror attack, pandemic …) We will process refunds minus all reasonable expenses paid out by the OGHT. 

If the Spring Kickstarter is proceeding as planned but you need to withdraw your entry for any reason:

  • You will be refunded your entry fees less $55 for withdrawals before 1st September.
  • Refunds after this date at the discretion of the Organisers. As the date of withdrawal gets closer to the event there will be less money able to be refunded as the majority of costs may have already been incurred.