Old Ghost Road Details
In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost is awakening. A long-forgotten gold miners’ road is being 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 will traverse 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 is partnering 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. No less than five ghost towns populate the route. The Old Ghost Road is quite literally an 85km-long outdoor museum.
The Old Ghost Road is a work in progress and is due for completion in late 2015 (refer to our Trail Status page for updates).
Our volunteers and supporters know that each generation grows up in an increasingly urbanised environment. The 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……
See http://www.oldghostroad.org.nz/ for updated information on trail status and hut booking.
The Old Ghost Road’s trail heads are two hours drive apart – or 4-5 days tramp! Various options are available for cyclists and trampers.
Due to The Old Ghost Road’s elevation profile, Lyell is the suggested starting point for through-trampers (and, by late 2015, through-cyclists). 1200m elevation is gained via a steady climb past the Lyell Saddle Hut and up to Ghost Lake, while the descent into Stern Valley and Goat Creek is steeper and more technical. Riders and trampers can enjoy day and overnight trips from this end, which features lush beech forest, historic artifacts, and in the Lyell Saddle to Ghost Lake section, sweeping views.
The Lyell Historic Reserve has ample parking, a Department of Conservation Campground, water and toilet facilities. It is 62km east of Westport, 15km east of Inangahua or 35km south of Murchison on State Highway 6 in the Upper Buller Gorge.
Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1520990-N5372328
Latitude: -41.79697466, Longitude: 172.04899791
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Old Ghost Road mountain bike trail
Altitude change-247 ft
Altitude min72 ft
Altitude max4,457 ft
Altitude start319 ft
Altitude end72 ft
Distance climb22 miles
Distance down23 miles
Distance flat3 miles
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Old Ghost Road Trail Reports
Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:23amMar 16, 2018
|Track was in good condition. A little wet in places but nothing too major. The track is doable in 1 day if you put a bit of training in...|
Dec 15, 2017 @ 5:59pmDec 15, 2017
|Epic outback ride. Provides all levels of trail to test your skills. 85k can be completed in two dsys if you are blessed with great weather. Def...|
Nov 2, 2017 @ 12:30amNov 2, 2017
Apr 11, 2017 @ 1:58pmApr 11, 2017
Feb 24, 2017 @ 10:50pmFeb 24, 2017
|The trail is actually 85kms not 74.4.|