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.