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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……

Hi there, we are booked to ride OGR beginning Monday and finishing Wednesday (staying at Ghost Lake and Specimen Point huts). We've been following the cyclone and wanted to confirm that the trail will be open for those dates. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Is there any damage on the trail or huts?. Also what is the current state of access to both ends of the trail after cyclone Fehi a few days ago. We are a oouple of weeks away from being there. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey Guys, we are booked in to walk in from the Seddonville carpark to Mokhinui forks hut, given the weather will we still be able to walk the track this Sunday/Monday? ... See MoreSee Less

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on my wish list to tramp ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week's wee stroll. ..all i can say is it was fantastic. I'm coming back to do it again. The passion of the track workers is second to none. Thank you for all your hard work and drive that made this happen. Mere photos can't do this track justice. ... See MoreSee Less

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