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Muscle & Dreams – the documentary

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Created by West Coast Film, Muscle & Dreams – Creating The Old Ghost Road is an engaging documentary following a keen group of enthusiasts as they transform an idea for a gold miners road from the 1800s into New Zealand’s longest continuous single-track.

The 85km-long Old Ghost Road now provides mountain biking and hiking access to a part of New Zealands backcountry so wild and awe-inspiring that even those most familiar with it have to constantly pinch themselves.

The film is available to rent on all common platforms from Vimeo On Demand, please register to watch, proceeds from the rental of this film go into the maintenance and sustainability of The Old Ghost Road.

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Spirit to the Stone available online

Spirit to the Stone, the story behind building The Old Ghost Road and written by founding trustee, Marion “Weasel” Boatwright is now available from our new web store. You can order your copy from today and have it delivered to your door. All money raised by the book goes directly into the ongoing maintenance and sustainability of The Old Ghost Road so if you would like to show your support this is an excellent way to do so.

Please visit store.oldghostroad.org.nz to find out more.


Burke Creek Ford upgrade

We are excited to share that the Burke Creek Ford on the Seddonville end (Northern end) of the trail is getting an upgrade. While construction is in progress a 4WD rough vehicle ford will usually be available and a foot bridge will always be available. We apologise for the short-term inconvenience this may cause but we will endeavour to ensure it has a minimal impact on your overall trail experience.



Announcing our Grand Opening Date!

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.


Thank you, as ever, for your support and encouragement!

The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust

Trail Status Update

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.

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