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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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Just returned after doing a week stint as a hut warden. Had a wonderful time at both Lyell Saddle and Ghost Lake hut. Great being able to chat to the huge range of bikers and hikers who are enjoying the chance of a great track. Everyone moving through were enthusiastic and thankful for the opportunity. My duties were light so filled in the day heaving rocks into the crusher to make the surface even better. Helping fix a bike for someone just added to the pleasure. Highly recommend others to volunteer to also. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for all the efforts on what is a truly amazing trail! Everybody that rides or tramps or fastpacks must support this trust to keep this trail open. ... See MoreSee Less

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Would you like to see what the 2017 Old Ghost Ultra was all about? Check out this short video created by West Coast Film. Some wonderful shots of the trail and the people who extended themselves to tackle The Old Ghost Road in a day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday we helibiked into Ghost Lake Hut. The weather was perfect, the flight amazing and the scenery and cycling descent down to Lyall beyond my wildest expectations. What a truly amazing trail which oozes the hard work put in by so many to make yesterday even a possibility. Well done to everyone. We will be back again and again and again. Happy to make a donation to the Trust to keep up the great work. 💖👍 ... See MoreSee Less

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No-one could have anticipated The Old Ghost Road could have been run that fast! Great day out, thanks to all involved. Maybe we will see you at the start line next year? ... See MoreSee Less

In pulling together an event, you naturally try and anticipate most things. One thing we did not contemplate on Saturday was the ability of competitors to propel themselves across such a distance so q...

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