The Old Ghost Road Trail is an 80km, intermediate to advanced ride, that takes 2-3 days to complete. It resurrects a long forgotten 19th century gold miner’s road connecting the once thriving town of Lyell with Mokihinui on the northern West Coast of the South Island. Starting and finishing 45 minutes from Westport, this picturesque trail passes through native forest and traverses open tussock tops and ridges.
Mountain bike rental and repair services are available in Westport, as are all the standard services you would expect from a rural service centre. The Lyell entrance is four hour drive from Christchurch or a two hour drive from Nelson.
The Old Ghost Road starts at the Department of Conservation’s Lyell Campground, State Highway 6, Upper Buller Gorge. On completion in 2013 it will end at Seddonville, 50km north of Westport.