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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……

There is a heavy rain warning and watch in effect at the moment. Normally I would cancel the trip at this point but we won't get a refund on our hut fees etc. Does this mean it is safe to complete the ride? ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey people - I left a pair of Nike sunnies on the OGR today (around 10k before Seddonville). Smoke grey frame and oval metallic lenses. If anybody found them (and sees this) please FB message me or email Cheers ... See MoreSee Less

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Did anyone pick up a small Katmandu backpack I left in the bone garden section on Saturday. I’d love to get it back.. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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