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    Muscle & Dreams – the documentary

    Created by West Coast Film, Muscle & Dreams – Creating The Old Ghost Road is an engaging documentary following a keen group of enthusiasts as they transform an idea for a gold miners road from the 1800s into… Read More

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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It's time for the Old Ghost Ultra held on the legendary The Old Ghost Road tomorrow. It's gonna be a hot one! Em's is very proud to be on aid stations #unleashyourpower ... See MoreSee Less

This Saturday, The Old Ghost Road will play host to the second edition of the Old Ghost Ultra. If you haven't heard of the Ultra, it's an 85km run through the entire length of the trail where 150 craz...

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This Saturday, The Old Ghost Road will play host to the second edition of the Old Ghost Ultra. If you haven't heard of the Ultra, it's an 85km run through the entire length of the trail where 150 crazy buggers will attempt to knock it off in a day. Last year the winning time was 7hr53min and this year the field has stepped up another notch. If you would like to follow the action please check out the Facebook page as we'll be live feeding the event. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi everyone, I have shared this clip about "The Old Ghost Road" which is a spectacular road high in the mountains behind Nelson. Mandy is Running for Billy and i thought you would like to see what 85km of south island wilderness looks like. (FYI Andy and his friends are biking this trip over 2 days the following week).
Mandy is Running for Billy in ONE day amazing,inspired, humbled, we will be there at the end.....................

Update - Running for Billy
Hoping that you remember the post I put up about a month ago about running the Old Ghost Ultra 85K Run for an awesome young man called Billy Dravitzki who has a recent serious spinal cord injury resulting in him being in a wheelchair permanently and trying to raise money to get him to the 'Making Strides' facility in OZ for intense physio 10 day sessions in April and hopefully October holidays. This is so important for him....
Run is next weekend, seriously hoping it's not as hot as this weekend, but knowing all the support and donations already given will keep me pushing forward.

Well done NZ you have raised $3,500 so far - woohoo - can we make the $6000 for the April trip and maybe even help fund some of the October trip?

NZ friends of myself, Billy and the Dravitzki family donations can be put in an online account opened for this sponsorship called 'Running for Billy', account holder:

Mandy Medcalf-Stephens Acc number: 06-0705-0447136-05 and finally UK friends and family my Uncle has kindly opened an UK bank account for me and will transfer the money over to NZ for me (Thanks Uncle Martyn!).
Account name: Martyn Medcalf Barclay bank account details - sort code 20-25-95 account number 43931552.

For the Aussies:
ANZ BSB 014655. a/c 565868472

Will update you next wend after event.......
Thanks for brilliant support for Billy so far - he is so worth it and deserving of it :)
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What a fantastic track - well done guys. Looking forward to next time already. Left my Petzyl in the Lyell Saddle hut though... if anyone picked it up, could you PM me so I can arrange return? Thanks ... See MoreSee Less

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The West Coast Wilderness Trail and The Old Ghost Road feature on the Great Rides App, what a neat idea and easy for cyclists to use while on the trail too. Will you be downloading it?

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Just launched - a mobile app with trail mapping that works offline and interest points for our Wilderness Trail! It's been made by Mapworks and is called Great Rides App on the Play and Apple Stores ...

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