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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……

Message for the Wellington walkers from Lyall Saddle Hut....yes I made it! Hope you got your lamb shank pie. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi to all ye mountain bikers that have ridden the Old Ghost Road. Debating whether to ship my own MTB (from Oz) for this (and other touring in beautuful NZ). Has anybody done the OGR on a non-suspension rig? (Surly Ogre specifically).
Thanks in advance!
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Found at Ghost Lake Hut - frame bag for snacks - in the foyer. You must have just forgotten to take it with you. Let me know what was in it and the colour of the drink bottle with it and I will post it back to you (sorry didn't have space to take out the bottle) ... See MoreSee Less

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Toga Toga Toga
At Ghost Lake Hut
Greek Night
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An incredible way to start or finish any adventure on The Old Ghost Road! Even if not overnighting at the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge, then why not fuel up at the Lodge cafe (operating 10am - 5pm daily from October 1st) or try the Lodge's shower service after finishing the track. Located right at the northern end of The Old Ghost Road. ... See MoreSee Less

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Old Ghost Road - North

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