COVID-19 UPDATE: At Alert Level 1 The Old Ghost Road is fully open with hut bunks available to book at usual capacity
Additional sanitisation and cleaning products have been installed in each hut. If you are sick, do not continue with your plans to hike/bike The Old Ghost Road. If you intend to overnight in one of The Old Ghost Road huts and do not have a booking, do not continue with your plans. Hut capacity is limited to maintain social distancing and is available to booked users only.
There are six hut settlements/sites on The Old Ghost Road. Hut settlements are classified into one of two categories based on varying degrees of amenities and quality. These include:
- Category 1 – bookable and with a range of facilities;
- Category 2 – not bookable and with only basic facilities.
Category 1 huts are managed by volunteers of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust (MLBT). The huts in this category include 4 huts built by MLBT. Huts (from South to North) are as follows:
- Lyell Saddle Hut – 10 bunks, 2 summer sleepouts and 1 tent site
- Ghost Lake Hut – 18 bunks, 2 summer sleepouts and 1 tent site
- Stern Valley Hut – 10 bunks, 2 summer sleepouts and 1 tent site
- Specimen Point Hut – 14 bunks, 2 summer sleepouts and 1 tent site
MLBT volunteers constructed two summer sleepouts at each hut site. Each sleepout contains 2 double mattresses that can hold a total 4 occupants. Only the entire sleepout can be booked, irrespective of the occupant numbers. Summer sleepouts are ideal for families, couples or those just wanting a bit of privacy away from the main hut. The sleepouts do not have a heat source – because of this they are only available during the warmer months (September to May) so please plan accordingly. People booking the summer sleepouts are welcome to share the communal facilities of the main hut.
Each Category 1 hut comes with the following amenities:
- Gas cooking facilities
- Cooking equipment – kettle, pots, a frying pan, coffee plunger, utensils
- Crockery – plates, bowls, cups, cutlery
- Water supply – rain-fed from the roof
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The communal space in each Category 1 hut also services and is available to users staying in the summer sleepouts at each hut site. Category 1 hut users need to accommodate summer sleepout users as such.
Each Category 1 hut has a tent site adjacent. There is 1 site for up to 2 people available at Lyell Saddle, Ghost Lake, Stern Valley, and Specimen Point huts. Tent sites do not include the use of facilities in main communal huts. Tent site facilities include an outside basin area and composting toilet. Users are expected to be entirely self-sufficient for cooking (bring your own cookers, pots and cutlery).
There are two Category 2 huts along the trail – Goat Creek Hut (4 bunks) and Mokihinui Forks Hut (8 bunks inside + 2 bunks in porch area). Both huts services are limited to a wood fire, long-drop toilet and mattresses. We do not service or restock either of these huts, so you should not expect facilities or supplies such as firewood, toilet paper and cooking/eating equipment. These huts are NOT bookable and are supplied on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that Goat Creek must be forded (i.e. there is no bridge) to reach the Goat Creek hut. This crossing may be hazardous and/or impassable in times of elevated creek flow or flood. Plan or prepare accordingly.