In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost has awakend. 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. The 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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Thank you RNZ for the opportunity to chat about the 'backstory' to The Old Ghost Road. If you're interested and you didn't catch it, you can listen via the streaming or mp3 link at the bottom of the article below. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi, we just rode the OGR this weekend with a group of 4 adults and 4 kids. 2 of the kids were 10 years the others were 12 & 13. They are all fit and good bikers. What a truly amazing ride, we stayed at Lyell Saddle the first night, Stern Valley the second and rode out the third day. The second day was the most the most technical but the kids managed it well. The young ones were on 27.5" bikes which made it easier for them as there are plenty of bumps. A great family adventure as long as you are fit, up for it and well prepared. Make sure you stay a night at the Rough & Tumble Lodge at the end. Happy riding. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi all, Two of us are planning to ride from Lyell Tue. 23rd Feb, overnighting Ghost Lake out to Seddonville Wed arvo. Hopefully I've forecast good weather! Anyone coming to other way planning to finish at Lyell wed. arvo like to do a car swap? Please email email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less