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……
Just a reminder for Wellington-based folk who are available and interested to pop down to Meow (9 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington) tonight from 5.30pm - it'd be great to see you! The evening marks the launch of the revised 2nd edition of Spirit to the Stone (the official book on building The Old Ghost Road - CASH SALES ONLY) and also celebrates a premier screening of a documentary about the same. Bar nibbles provided. ... See MoreSee Less
Having just spent two perfect days on the Old Ghost Road I would like to congratulate all the people who have contributed to this amazing track. I have no doubt that there is nothing better on the planet. It is an absolutely incredible feat of track building in an amazing environment!! ... See MoreSee Less
A long-forgotten gold miners’ road, reborn and revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail, The Old Ghost Road connects the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the north. Traversing majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys, the 85km-long Old Ghost Road is a member of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network and a testament to the volunteer-driven Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust who among others, have laboured hard to make it a reality. #T7Athletes Naomi and Ash Whitehead recently hit the road to explore this epic new trail and shared their experience in the blog below... #seeyououtthere ... See MoreSee Less
The longer we live in Nelson, the longer our to do list seems to get as we discover more and more awesome adventures on our doorstep. The Old Ghost Road bike trail was high on our list and we were luc...
We'd love to extend a warm invitation to any of you in and around the Wellington area to join us on Thursday evening 28th April from 5.30pm at Meow (9 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington) to celebrate the launch of the revised 2nd edition of the official Old Ghost Road book and also a premier screening of a documentary about the creation and building of The Old Ghost Road. Invitation below.......we look forward to seeing some of you there!
P.S. For anyone wondering, the books should be available for purchase via our website sometime in May. Stay tuned. ... See MoreSee Less
We love receiving constructive feedback on how we can continually improve The Old Ghost Road.
To show we listen, our trail manager has just sent some photos straight from the field of some upgrades to the Lyell Saddle hut. We have installed a railing on the outside stairs to prevent falls and we've built the table around the centre pole to make better use of the communal space.