The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust is delighted to announce a public grand opening for The Old Ghost Road at the NBS Theatre in Westport at 2pm on 12th December 2015. At 85km, it will be New Zealand’s longest continuous single track, designed for mountain bikers and trampers alike.
Our much anticipated opening comes after nearly nine years of planning, fundraising and construction. The project has benefited from a monumental 26,000 hours of volunteer input underpinned by more than 100,000 hours of paid employment.
Joining the trail and having it fully open will be a massive moment and hopefully a building block in a new future for the Buller District. It is a testament to the tenacity, skill and dedication of the construction personnel, our wonderful project sponsors, key partners such as the Department of Conservation and our army of volunteers that we have been able to pull this off.
The Old Ghost Road is one of 23 Great Rides in the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It runs from the historic mining settlement of Lyell in the south to Seddonville in the north. The trail has 16 bridges and four new hut complexes to complement two pre-existing Department of Conservation huts. It is a Grade 4 mountain bike track suitable for skilled and experienced backcountry riders and trampers.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SECTIONS OF THE OLD GHOST ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED UP UNTIL THE GRAND OPENING DATE to enable completion of construction activities.
Thank you, as ever, for your support and encouragement!
The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust
The vision of a completed Old Ghost Road drew nearer when the southern of the two remaining unformed trail gaps was joined on the 9th October 2015 by the resident construction team. Whilst much of the recently formed southern section requires surfacing and completion, it leaves just one last gap to go before The Old Ghost Road becomes a continuous 85km trail from Lyell to Seddonville. The map below showing the central portion of The Old Ghost Road provides an update of this situation (as at 12th October 2015). The black line denotes completed trail, the orange line formed trail (but not surfaced/complete), the red line unformed trail, and the green line denotes the ‘marked route’ detour around the current construction area.
Tourism NZ has produced 2 and 4 minute videos featuring The Old Ghost Road. Primarily for international marketing, they are part of a series of videos TNZ is producing on each official Cycle Trail. Check out the longer video below; links to both are on our video page.
Yes, that’s right. For those that didn’t see it, check it out here:
And if you like what you see and wish to help us complete this project, please visit our fundraising page and donate to our cause:
Momentum has really picked up in the past several days with donations triggering two major contributions to our Get Across the Finish Line fundraiser. Wow!
In our effort to secure funding to complete the last few km’s of the trail, we now have more than $85,000 of the $182,212 needed to complete the project this year. We’ve extended the target date to the end of May so we can approach this year with certainty. Donations made through our Givealittle page will be put 100% toward this goal: No fees, no admin costs. We thank you!