Old Ghost Road Cycle Trail

Old Ghost Road Cycle Trail

June 13, 2017 Blog 4
Old Ghost Road MTB Cycle Trail Tramping West Coast NZ

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


4 Responses

  1. Marielle says:

    My partner and I stayed at Omau Settlers Lodge over the Christmas period. Buller Adventures in Westport provided bike hire and picked us up and drove us to Seddonville, the northern end of the ride where we got a helicopter up to Ghost Lake. From there we rode across the alpine section and then downhill for several hours to be picked up again in Lyell. On a separate day we road in from Seddonville to Specimen Point and returned over 6 hours. Old Ghost Road is an outstanding trail. Lots of variation in views both above and below the bush line. The grade 4-5 sections were exhilarating while the northern end from Seddonville was super scenic riding above the Mohikinui River for much of the way. Highly recommend this trail.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Marielle for sharing your experience on the OGR, it’s pretty spectacular! Hope to see you on the coast again in the not too distant future! All the best Karen & Lee

  2. Luna says:

    The Old Ghost Road is truly 85 km of museum experience. It is truly fascinating to watch the video. It has made my day.

    My daughter is the adventurous type so I will have her watch that video and I have no doubt she will want to visit new Zealand.
    I have New Zealand on my Bucket List too so I will tag along although I won’t be biking on The Old Ghost Road.
    Thanks for the post.

    • Karen & Lee says:

      Hi Luna, thanks for your feedback 🙂 If you’re not a mountain biker, you can still walk the Old Ghost Road, which could be an option? We had a group of ladies stay with us who walked the entire trail over five days, staying at the huts along the way, and they loved every minute of it. Mind you, they were pretty quick to get into our outside hot tub to ease their tired muscles! If you’re ever in NZ, we’d love to see you here at Omau Settlers Lodge and share the beautiful West Coast with you. All the best, Cheers, Karen

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