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The Old Ghost Road

Lyell | Upper Buller Gorge, Westport 7825, New Zealand
+64 800 244 678
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Mountain biking

There is nothing else quite like the Old Ghost Road. It is the pinnacle of wilderness mountain... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Devon D
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Simply Wonderful

Spent 5 days taking our time along the Old Ghost Road. First night at Lyell Saddle in one of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“single track” (7 reviews)
“lake hut” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Lyell | Upper Buller Gorge, Westport 7825, New Zealand
+64 800 244 678
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is nothing else quite like the Old Ghost Road. It is the pinnacle of wilderness mountain biking and an enormous credit to the people and the community who built it.

Thank Devon D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 5 days taking our time along the Old Ghost Road. First night at Lyell Saddle in one of the sleep outs - pretty chilly but to be expected given the sleepouts are really only for summer use. All the huts are constructed and kitted...More

2  Thank NZJEG
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We headed off with 50 year old dad and three teenage boys, all bike fit, in the middle of winter to do the Old Ghost Road over three days and it was the most inspiring adventure any of us had ever been on. Amazing riding,...More

Thank Sam E
Reviewed 30 June 2017

After decades spent tramping in New Zealand, this is truly up there for WOW factor. In terms of the scenery it is ever changing, dramatic, beautiful. In terms of the logistics in building this track - mind blowing and so inspirational. Read the book written...More

Thank coropark
Reviewed 13 June 2017

The volunteers and everyone involved in getting this track to where it is all need a medal, WOW it is truely amazing. The scenery is spectacular and the huts some of the best we have ever stayed in. The bonus for us ladies in our...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

words won't do it justice you just have to ride it and see for yourself A few words to the wise though It will be wet It's a long climb but not too technical Ghost lake hut is awesome Try to avoid big groups who...More

1  Thank Derrick M
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Such an amazing track can't wait to do the whole thing next year. Scenery is breath taking and how they built the track simply amazing. Thanks for all the hard work and time put in. We live in such an amazing place

Thank 42tigger1972
Reviewed 23 May 2017

85 Kilometres of scenic beauty - from sea-level to Alpine mountains, breath-taking scenery and adrenaline pumping heights. I've walked it over 4 days (the huts are first class) and ran it in 1 day on the Old Ghost Ultra Marathon. A mountain biker's dream (or...More

Thank BrentONZ
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I've been to NZ on and off over the past 7 years and this is by far the best thing I've ever done here. If you're hesitating, just book it. Also make sure you read "Spirit to the Stone" the book about the creation of...More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

A fantastic experience, though its certainly a challenging ride, especially between Ghost Lake Hut and the bottom of the Steps. Beyond the steps its much more rideable for intermediate riders, with some excellent flow. Gorgeous huts in great places! We did it in three days,...More

1  Thank Daniel C
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Questions & Answers
27 October 2016|
Response from TheOldGhostRoad | Property representative |
Hi Adam There are water tanks at each of the hut sites as well as a number of tributaries along the length of the trail, you should never be too far from a water source. I hope this answers your question.
Emily S
25 October 2016|
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Response from TheOldGhostRoad | Property representative |
Hi Emily, I see your question is directed at Steve, but I thought I would chime in to see if I can help. How long a journey is remains very subjective to the skills and fitness of your group, remembering that you're only as... More