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Weather & Safety

The Old Ghost Road traverses two regions, a significant mountain range and altitudes from near sea-level to alpine. Conditions can vary greatly within a few hours, and in short distances. Ghost Lake Hut has seen snow in the summer, and winter users can enjoy calm, settled weather. The weather cannot be taken for granted and all users need to be prepared for all conditions.

Before embarking on your journey check the most up-to-date forecasts. Two great sources are James McGregor’s MetVUW (the South Island wind and precipitation charts are particularly useful) and the Metservice’s mountains and rural forecasts.

Making it a safer experience for both you and the environment is among the goals of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust. But we rely on you, the user, to be aware of hazards and respond accordingly. Please contact us if you encounter any potentially hazardous issues with The Old Ghost Road.

Latest trail status provides current information about track condition, and other information key to planning your journey.

Adventure Smart’s Outdoor Safety Code provides an excellent and succinct guide to the key steps of planning and preparing for an outdoor adventure. Please follow the 5 steps in this guide before you embark on a journey along The Old Ghost Road.

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council is a volunteer-driven organisation with resources available at both a local and national level for safe enjoyment of the outdoors.