STEWARDSHIP

The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust considers it a privilege to be able to complete what the old timers always envisaged. With this comes a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to help reconnect (and connect) people to this landscape and environment – to truly come to respect it, love it and enjoy it and to ensure it is here for future generations. If you have ideas or innovations for how we can more effectively achieve this – let us know!

Leave No Trace

We encourage users of the Old Ghost Road to adhere to the principles of ‘Leave No Trace,’ as follows. (Courtesy of Leave No Trace New Zealand.)

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimise campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of others

Please note: There are no waste disposal facilities on the track. Carry out ALL rubbish you generate. Please also don’t be tempted to shed weight by leaving partially consumed food and supplies behind in the huts – your greatest gift to those that follow is to leave facilities clean, free of waste or leftover supplies and in the state you would hope to find them yourself.

Wildlife

The Old Ghost Road is home to some very special and endangered animals. One genus – the Powelliphanta land snails (of which several species are present predominantly in the Mokihinui Gorge, Mokihinui River South Branch and Goat Creek areas of The Old Ghost Road) are slow moving and nocturnal. If you venture out in darkness in these areas, whether on foot or bike, please take particular care to avoid any animals that may be making their way across the track.