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ABOUT THE OLD GHOST ROAD

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……

We hit the OGT this December 2017 and it was totally inspirational. As we came from the UK primarily to ride the trail, we decided to extend it a bit with a circular route from Denniston via the Mackley river route at the start and Charming Creek and a bit of road at the end something like 150-170km in total. The Mackey was hard but Charming Creek was fantastic. Hats off to the OGR team, this is an awesome ride, we loved it. Keep up the good work. ... See MoreSee Less

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Does anyone have any feedback on how the water tanks are holding up to all this dry weather? Would rather not have to carry 3 days worth of water! Cheers, Will ... See MoreSee Less

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Great to meet the JustMTB crew here at the Old Boiler Cafe and Bar Mokihinui Tavern tonight where the travel really ends. Wonderful people who deserved some craft beers, burgers and fish and chips. A few indulged in the old quarts of Speights. Thanks heaps for coming and seeing us. Sorry I had a better photo of everyone but it was a bit blurry. Have an awesome rest of your trip Stu and his motley crew around the south island. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Mapworks & Great Rides App is a fantastic tool for riders, walkers, and runners to help pick, plan and plot their way along The Old Ghost Road. The app includes maps, elevation profiles, photos, links and historic interpretation for all of the Great Rides and even works offline to track you along the trails.
You can download it free from the App Store or the Play Store!
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