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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……

Hey guys! Anyone keen to ride the Heaphy or Old ghost road this weekend? As a day-ride or in two days. If so email me on Cheers! ... See MoreSee Less

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An oldie but a goodie and still holding strong after 904 weeks at the top of The Old Ghost Road music chart!

If you haven't seen it, this little creative gem by Marion Boatwright beautifully captures the 'spirit' of what went into the creation of The Old Ghost Road.
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View from Specimen Hut, early morning Wednesday 18th October ... See MoreSee Less

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Had a wonderful tramp last week, met lots of great trampers and bikers...very friendly. Great scenery, atmosphere and huts. Thank you OGR... ... See MoreSee Less

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hi there just wondering if your website is down? am having trouble loading page? cheers ... See MoreSee Less

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