Welcome to The Old Ghost Road

Riding 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 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 Latest News section 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. 


Latest News

  • Save this Date Coming soon - details on the inaugural Ghost Road Enduro race, January 31 2015. 
    Posted Sep 5, 2014, 2:45 PM by The Old Ghost Road
  • Predator Control Funding Announced The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust’s dreams of helping the resident flora and fauna of The Old Ghost Road received a major shot in the arm over the weekend, with ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2014, 2:20 PM by The Old Ghost Road
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A relic in the Lyell