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 80km-long Old Ghost Road will traverse majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.
Working with the New Zealand Cycle Trail project, the volunteer-driven Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust is partnering with a range of 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 80km-long outdoor museum.
The Old Ghost Road is a work in progress (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.
This website – and the work of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust – focuses on the backcountry sectors currently under development. We invite you to join the journey.
On the back of some amazing work by the Buller Cycling Club and their band of supporters, the Ghost Road Enduro is set to make its debut on January 31st 2015, with riders descending to the Lyell carpark from Ghost Lake on the southern section of The Old Ghost Road. As a temporary management measure, a trail closure will be in place for this section of trail from 9am until 5pm on this day. Please note this and avoid making plans for the southern end of the trail on this date! Spectators are welcome at the Lyell Historic Reserve. ... See MoreSee Less
Are you looking for a return lift to the Ghost Road Enduro from Westport? Hike n Bike Shuttle is a service especially designed for The Old Ghost Road. They are offering a special rate for racers of $40 per person so if you think this is for you jump on their website and get in touch with them.