• 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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About The Old Ghost Road

In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost is awakening. A long-forgotten gold miners’ road is being 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 will traverse 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 is partnering 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. No less than five ghost towns populate the route.  The Old Ghost Road is quite literally an 85km-long outdoor museum.
The Old Ghost Road is a work in progress and is due for completion in late 2015 (refer to our Trail Status page for updates).
Our volunteers and supporters know that each generation grows up in an increasingly urbanised environment. The 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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Does the track officially open in December 12/13th ? Is the track currently 'traversable' by MTB's ? ... See MoreSee Less

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Time to announce some details for the 2016 Ghost Road Enduro. A few changes you can expect to see: * Limited availability to spend the Friday night in the Ghost Lake Hut (10 spaces) - we'll fly you up...

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Whilst The Old Ghost Road is not yet in its finished form, if you have managed to venture along the trail already, we'd really love to hear about your experience. Please click on the link below and complete the details and you'll be emailed a short survey where you can let us know what you thought. By giving us your feedback, you will help us drive improvement.


Thanks in advance, The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust
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Hey guys, firstly fantastic effort so far, I rode to ghost lake hut and back with some friends in January and absolutely love your work! My question is, are you on track to complete the trail end to end for mountain bikers this year? If funding is still an issue will there be another fundraising campaign launched soon?
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Keep January 16 free in your calendars if you're into racing mountain bikes on The Old Ghost Road. The Buller Cycling Club have announced the dates for next years Ghost Road Enduro. Check out the link for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

Time to announce same dates... The next Ghost Road Enduro on The Old Ghost Road will be held on Saturday, 16 January. We've got a few changes coming for next year and we'll be making full event announ...

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