• 550_Ghost Lake Hut Sunrise

  • 550_Winter Ghost Lake

  • 550_Riders crossing Ghost Lake Boardwalk

  • 550_Old kettle

  • 550_Riders about to descend

  • fp_slider biker snow blue sky

  • boardwalk wide angle

  • fp_slider Boardwalk cloud forest

  • fp_slider chopper bike chain

  • fp_slider GL afternoon light

  • fp_slider lake dawn

  • fp_slider Mok Green

  • fp_slider morning fog

  • fp_slider rider gorge overlook

  • fp_slider runners on bridge

  • fp_slider Suicide bridge

  • fp_slider Three bikes

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  • fp_slider trampers on top

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About The Old Ghost Road

In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost has awakened. A long-forgotten gold miners’ road has been revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail – connecting the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the north.  The 85km-long Old Ghost Road traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.

A proud member of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, the volunteer-driven Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust has partnered with a range of other entities to make The Old Ghost Road a reality. It’s almost as if the engineers from the 1870’s knew we were coming! The spirits of the old miners and track builders are inescapable and four ghost towns populate the route.  The Old Ghost Road is quite literally an 85km-long outdoor museum.

Our volunteers and supporters know that each generation grows up in an increasingly urbanised environment. Our connection to the land dims. Here, on The Old Ghost Road, heritage, wilderness, accessibility and storytelling come together in an unforgettable way. We invite you to join the journey……

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Just a reminder for Wellington-based folk who are available and interested to pop down to Meow (9 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington) tonight from 5.30pm - it'd be great to see you! The evening marks the launch of the revised 2nd edition of Spirit to the Stone (the official book on building The Old Ghost Road - CASH SALES ONLY) and also celebrates a premier screening of a documentary about the same. Bar nibbles provided. ... See MoreSee Less

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Having just spent two perfect days on the Old Ghost Road I would like to congratulate all the people who have contributed to this amazing track. I have no doubt that there is nothing better on the planet. It is an absolutely incredible feat of track building in an amazing environment!! ... See MoreSee Less

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We'd love to extend a warm invitation to any of you in and around the Wellington area to join us on Thursday evening 28th April from 5.30pm at Meow (9 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington) to celebrate the launch of the revised 2nd edition of the official Old Ghost Road book and also a premier screening of a documentary about the creation and building of The Old Ghost Road. Invitation below.......we look forward to seeing some of you there!

P.S. For anyone wondering, the books should be available for purchase via our website sometime in May. Stay tuned.
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We love receiving constructive feedback on how we can continually improve The Old Ghost Road.

To show we listen, our trail manager has just sent some photos straight from the field of some upgrades to the Lyell Saddle hut. We have installed a railing on the outside stairs to prevent falls and we've built the table around the centre pole to make better use of the communal space.

Please keep the great feedback coming through.
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