This summer, volunteers will participate in building the crucial 3.2 kms of trail beyond Ghost Lake. We're seeking keen people to take part in this adventure between December 6 2013 and March 2 2014. Further details and instructions on joining in the effort are here
The 'marked route' between Ghost Lake and Goat Creek is now complete and available to fit and experienced trampers. Note that this section is rugged (no formed trail as yet). The section cannot be ridden nor is it suitable for bike-carrying.
Additionally, the Mokihinui Gorge section at the 'Suicide Slips' has now re-opened, therefore The Old Ghost Road is now traversable on foot from end to end. Specimen Point Hut in the Mokihinui Gorge and Stern Valley Hut between Ghost Lake and Goat Creek can now be reserved online
We are pleased to confirm that as of today (15/11/13), the 'marked-route' for experienced trampers and improvement work in the Mokihinui Gorge (necessary to re-open the short section that is currently closed) is practically complete. We expect formal sign off of this work on Monday 18th November and assuming this is forthcoming, will announce formal public opening of both aspects on this website on that day.
The inclement weather patterns of the last few months appear to have eased and we're in the final stages of completing work required to open the 'marked-route' through the unformed middle section of The Old Ghost Road for trampers and re-opening the Mokihinui Gorge section of the trail.
The current forecast timeline for achieving this is Friday 15th November, 2013 (although as always, this is subject to change). Confirmation will be posted on this website.
All four new huts (Lyell Saddle, Ghost Lake, Stern Valley and Specimen Point) will be available for booking on this website (refer Trail Accommodation & Bookings
page) at this time.
Access across a weather-related slip in the Lyell section of The Old Ghost Road has been re-established as of Wednesday 23rd October. Users planning imminent trips are advised to take note of more forecast heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours and to bear in mind that access can and may change.
Despite the weather challenges, our dedicated personnel continue to make forward progress with the marked tramping route through the unformed middle section of the trail. We are on target to complete the marked-route by the end of this month (October 2013) and will advise here.
Thank you to everyone showing interest in the completion of the marked tramping route through the unformed middle section of The Old Ghost Road (connecting the two completed ends of the trail). And thank you for your patience as we compete with the elements and volunteer availability to complete the undertaking. Weather-permitting, we are scheduled to complete the remaining work within the next two weeks i.e. by the end of October. Confirmation will be provided on this website.
Inclement weather has not only hampered our efforts to complete the marked route, but a significant storm event on Monday 14th has resulted in a number of slips and windfall along various sections of the trail - including both the southern (Lyell) and northern (Mokihinui Gorge) ends. A full assessment of the damage will be completed by 22nd October 2013 and any significant issues (delays or closures) will be notified here. In the interim, users are advised to expect storm damage.
Just one more big volunteer push is needed before the entire 80 km of The Old Ghost Road is available for tramping. After two years of really hard work, 59 km of the track has been built to Grade 4 mountain bike standards. The remaining 21 km section between the two formed ends is currently being marked and while it won't yet be built to mountain bike standards, experienced trampers will soon be able to traverse The Old Ghost Road from Lyell to the Mokihinui.
There has been considerable interest in the through-route completion and we are aware many folk are champing at the bit to tramp the entire trail. As we're still dependent on the vagaries of weather, do check our website for the very latest news and hut availability. We urge through-trampers to be aware of weather forecasts and plan their route accordingly, as some key river crossings are not yet bridged. While the 'marked route' will not be open to mountain bikes, cyclists can travel 'in-and-out' from both ends. We're targeting 2015 for the entire route to be formed to mountain bike standards and will keep you closely informed.
The Mokihinui Gorge section upstream of the 'Suicide Slips' continues to be temporarily closed while remedial work is scoped on a short section of trail to address rock fall hazard. We are working closely with DoC, and anticipate this being resolved before the end of Spring.
A short section of trail in the upper Mokihinui Gorge has been closed (as of June 27th 2013) pending remedial work to address rock stability and trail width issues. While this is in effect, the open section of trail at the northern end of The Old Ghost Road will terminate at the 'Suicide Slips' - some 12 kms (24 kms return) up the Mokihinui Gorge from the Seddonville trailhead.
This means that trail and huts beyond this section are not accessible via The Old Ghost Road. This includes the Specimen Point hut facility and the Mokihinui Forks hut. The duration of the closure is not yet defined but will be confirmed on this website when available.
Commonly regarded as the 'jewel in the crown' of The Old Ghost Road, Ghost Lake hut opens to the public on Friday 31st May, 2013. Making this possible is the addition of a further 4 km's of trail along the alpine tops of the Lyell Range - connecting the previously opened section of trail from Lyell with Ghost Lake. Users are advised the section of new trail contains a narrow 800m length where cyclists will need to dismount and walk/carry their cycles.
Ghost Lake hut has 12 bunks and is situated at more than 1200 metres above sea level in a breath-taking alpine basin. Ghost Lake hut requires booking and is done on-line on this website on the Trail Accommodation & Bookings
Two 'sleepouts' also exist at this location. The sleepouts will be opened for use in the near future. Updates will be provided on this website.