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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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Enjoyed seeing the documentary at the Lookout Wild Film Festival in Chattanooga. Inspiring to see so many people come together to create revenue for their country in a way that promotes getting people active and enjoying nature. Beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi all, we have a group ride planned over the OGR for mid February. While having a planning get together tonight (🍻..)a few questions came up so I thought I'd ask here hoping people in the know might chime in.

Firstly water, I know there's a supply at the huts and streams along the way, does it tend to run out/ dry up at that of year? We can purify as much as we want if there's a good supply.

Temperature, mainly over night, I know it's hard to answer but is it generally reasonably warm at the higher huts in February?

Lighting, do the hut have any lighting, solar powered or gas?

Thanks in advance, any advise appreciated.

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Old Ghost Road Roundabout - Day 1 Denniston Shortcut then onto The Old Ghost Road to Lyell Saddle Hut ... See MoreSee Less

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Rode through on 8 Jan. Amazing route. Kudos to all the track builders and organisers ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive thankyou to all the incredible people involved who made this track happen. We felt it was up there with the best adventures we have embarked on yet.
Unfortunately we left all our beautiful photos on a dropped Iphone7 Plus we think between 34 -36 km mark, about 8 k's before Stern. Last photo taken at a grotto - sweeping wide U bend with a rock in the middle and peppered with ferns. We would Greatly appreciate its return.
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