• 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

  • fp_slider Tit on tyre

  • 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 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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What are your weekend riding plans? We've already been hearing about some people getting some sneaky training laps in on The Old Ghost Road ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey guys, we got out and rode The Old Ghost Road from Lyell up to Ghost Lake Hut over the weekend. To everyone involved in getting the track to where it is so far - you've done an INCREDIBLE job and keep up the awesome work! Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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(Posted on behalf of Helicharter Karamea)

Helibike or hike happening Sunday 27th September from 8.30am at Lyell (southern end of The Old Ghost Road). Drop zone at Ghost Lake or Rocky Tor. Weather dependent. Cancellation notices will be on the Karamea Helicharter Facebook site by Saturday evening (26th) at 6pm. $120 per person.

Bookings via julie@karameahelicharter.co.nz or 03 782 6111.
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(Posted on behalf of Tim Adams):

Great opportunity to have a trial ride before the Enduro.

We are organising a heli trip up the old Ghost road on 21st November for a friends 40th B’day. There is around 10 of us going.

If we can organise a big-ish (20 +) group the cost will be $120/person. Departing Lyell car park, Flying up to Rocky Tor giving 27 km of downhill back to the car park.

Either contact me or Julie at Karamea Helis to register your interest.


See you out on the trails,
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