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……
We are pretty excited to share that gas cookers have now been installed into the four huts built by the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry volunteers (Lyell Saddle, Ghost Lake, Stern Valley and Specimen Point). We'll trust you will enjoy the extra block of chocolate you can now stash in your bag. Tag a mate who is planning on riding the trail soon to share the news. ... See MoreSee Less
Behind The Old Ghost Road is a tale of creating the 85km trail which is as epic as the terrain it traverses. Marion "Weasel" Boatwright, one of the founding trustees has authored the book, Spirit to the Stone telling his story.
The book is now available through our online store with all the proceeds going into the maintenance and sustainability of the trail.
We rode this last weekend, was an amazing adventure - albeit wet. The trail remained grippy. The Huts were great and well placed along the track to stop for the night or to have lunch out of the rain. Our gear dried quickly on the drying racks with the fire cranking.
If anyone finds a ziplock bag with some tools, tubes etc inside please let me know - I think I left it somewhere downstream of either Zokihinui forks Hut or specimen Pt Hut after I did a repair on my bike. Thanks. Matt. ... See MoreSee Less