• 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

  • fp_slider what icicles

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.
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 85km-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.

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More than 100 donations already made to our fundraising campaign! A huge thanks to all of you who have moved early and donated. We're that much closer to the finish line because of you.

For those of you not on our newsletter list (sign up here if you're interested: www.oldghostroad.org.nz/become-a-friend/), below is a link to our official video. Big kudos to West Coast Film and the West Coast Community Trust for enabling this.
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Just a reminder that The Old Ghost Road features in Along for the Ride this evening at 7pm on TV1. The episode is aptly titled Hippies and Hard Bastards....... ... See MoreSee Less

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Two very nice write-ups and accompanying imagery by The Radavist documenting Santa Cruz's recent visit to The Old Ghost Road.
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