NZ CYCLE TRAIL
The Old Ghost Road is proud to be an inaugural member trail of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail. Below is a description of the project from the nzcycletrail.com website. Please visit and explore the trails that match your abilities, including our nearest neighbours, Dun Mountain Trail in Nelson, St James Cycle Trail in Canterbury, and West Coast Wilderness Trail in Westland.
‘Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail’ is a partnership project between the Government and the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Government invested $50 million into turning this idea into a reality – with a dedicated project team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and partnership organisations from regions across New Zealand.
In addition to the government’s investment, the commitment of the local communities involved generated a further $30 million of co-funding towards the construction of the inaugural Great Rides.
The Great Rides are the premier rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. They are predominantly off-road trails that showcase the very best of New Zealand’s landscape, environment, culture and heritage.
The New Zealand Cycle Trail has since expanded to include other existing off-road trails that meet the ‘Great Ride’ standard, such as the Otago Central Rail Trail – the ‘original’ Great Ride that in part provided the catalyst for this project.
Under the Network Expansion Project, on-road cycle touring routes are also being added to the New Zealand Cycle Trail, with the long-term aim of developing a nationwide cycle network, enabling locals and international visitors to explore all of New Zealand by bike.
‘Nga Haerenga’ means ‘the journeys’, both in a physical and spiritual sense, which is exactly what you will experience on the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
– source: http://www.nzcycletrail.com/big-idea