The Old Ghost Road is a rugged mountain biking and tramping trail which connects the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the Mokihinui River in the north. Not for the faint hearted, it traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.
A long-forgotten gold miners’ road, the Old Ghost Road is described by those who travel it as an 85km-long outdoor museum.
Westport is the official base for the Old Ghost Road and and the trail can be tackled from either end;
- From the North – Welcome Bay / Mokihinui Gorge near Seddonville
- From the South – Lyell Historic Reserve / DOC Campground
Lyell is strongly recommended as the starting point for mountain bikers who wish to tackle the whole trail, due to its’ elevation profile, however the start point is less critical for trampers. The Old Ghost Road is a Grade 4 (Advanced) mountain biking trail and has a variable natural surface. It’s definitely on my bucket list of things to do on the Coast – but given my limited mountain bike abilities, I’ll probably be a walker rather than a biker!
WestCoastFilm crew have done an amazing job of shooting some outstanding footage of the Old Ghost Road as seen in this excerpt below;
For more information visit the official website; Old Ghost Road
It’s untamed natural wilderness at it’s best!
Posted by Karen from Omau Settlers Lodge, Cape Foulwind, West Coast, South Island