The Old Ghost Road
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  • andy s
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Ghost Road mountain biking trail was excellent
    I took my 18 yo son (I am 52). I stay in Singapore and he lives in Netherlands. I am from New Zealand originally. It (mountain biking) was absolutely sensational. Huts were incredible! Awesome history and read the book over the ensuring 3 nights. Th track was hard to physically that I expected to be honest and do happy we went for 3 nights instead of 2. Highly recommend.
    What a great experience to share with your son. Sounds like you've taken it all in, reading the book and taking your time to fully enjoy the ride. Warm thanks for your positive feedback Andy!
    Written 10 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Preston
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A world class hiking experience
    I enjoyed everything about this hike - scenery, bird life, weather, a good surface and very good hut facilities. I have hiked world wide and most NZ Great Walks. This is my favourite. Hikers need to be fit and properly equiped. Walking in August I saw two cyclists at the start but otherwise had the 85km to myself. The hut logs indicated I was the first person through for two weeks. I will be back.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Trip17692339609
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three mates and a 5 day Tramp
    Three of us Tramped the Old Ghost Road. It was spectacular, the night staying in the Ghost Hut was magical, clear evening, stars look so close, you felt like you could all most touch them. But it was the magical Alpine Frogs that we sat and listen to that night also. Being in the wildness like that, is simply fantastic.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • GoPlaces47475624404
    Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    walking with the spirit of the track creators.
    A stunning walk highlighting the diversity of the area. The huts are all incredibly well designed and visually wonderful. The best walk I've done yet. Thank you to the fabulous creators and volunteers for the year's of soul put into the trail. Arohanui.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Tour62162560440
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The amazing Old Ghost Road
    The Old Ghost Road is an amazing experience. Spectacular diverse views. The alpine crossing was ‘out of this world’ with views in every direction. We tramped. The track is well maintained. The huts are well equipped & the bush shower at each hut was a little luxury. Would definitely recommend the experience
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Voyager14477845721
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tramp ever
    Everything about the track was sensational. Warm, well equipped huts to rest our tired legs, which carried way to much gear, given the amenities available in the huts. Blessed with great weather and good company along the trail. An experience made even made more special by the backstory to how the trail came about which can be read in most huts along the trail "Spirit to the Stone" and can be purchased (all proceeds going back into the track) at the Rough and Tumble Lodge. It took us 4 years to do this trip thanks to the pandemic, but it was so worth the wait. The track was well maintained and thankfully, the numbers travelling through were nothing like the other popular trails.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Marc S
    Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Multi-Day Tramp
    Just finished tramping The Old Ghost Road over 5 days, 4 nights. An outstanding trip! We were lucky with the weather, with only one morning with reasonably heavy rain, but overall a fantastic trip! The tracks and signage were excellent, the huts to 'Great Walk' standard and the landscape and views outstanding. The track was not too busy with no conflict between mountain bikers and trampers. We saw some great wildlife including the ever-present weka trying to knick your stuff! The sandflies were not at all bad. I went with a friend but met a great group of 'fellow travellers' as well. What an amazing experience. I would highly recommend for anyone of good fitness. Tino pai!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Galeo7
    Auckland, New Zealand80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Ghost Road Trail
    The Old Ghost Road is a beautiful track with a lot of variety. The huts along the way offer stovetops which free you from having to carry gas canisters. There is also the option to stay at sleep outs if you want privacy from the main hut but still have access to hut amenities. It should be noted however that a couple of the sleep outs are quite dark so take some form of lighting if possible. Ghost Lake is an amazing place to stay and if you get the chance do try the outdoor shower but if it isn’t summer you probably want to heat a kettle to make the water warm. There is one long day of 25km which can be tiring. If you happen to be there in heavy rainfall be prepared to be walking along a path of water. There would also be some tricky water crossings to navigate so definitely take a pole and preferably a buddy along. Definitely a walk to do and amazing achievement from the team who delivered this opportunity.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Kbee
    Westport, New Zealand8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick overnighter.
    We're so lucky to have this on our door step. A quick in and out, over-night bike to get away from the Christmas madness :-) We booked the private summer cabins which was perfect, great facilities, well stocked with all cooking essentials, especially the coffee plunger. Fantastic contact when we requesting a change in the booking, very helpful. Thank you to all the team for such a great track.
    Thanks a million for sharing your getaway experience on The Old Ghost Road! We're stoked you found our private summer sleepout spot-on for a quick escape from the Christmas chaos. And so glad you enjoyed the facilities (surely, the coffee plunger cannot be missed), and felt the love during the booking tweak - our team is always here to help! Cheers to more great tracks and adventures in our region!
    Written 17 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Nzedfi
    Queenstown, New Zealand29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of NZ's best
    Such a fabulous walk! Beautifully built track, excellent huts loaded with extras, very good informative website and booking was easy. Post booking email communication was also very prompt and all questions were answered thoroughly.
    What a wonderful feedback, thank you! We're delighted you loved the walk, the well-equipped huts, and found the website helpful. It is our top priority to offer a smooth booking process and to address all your questions, making your overall experience truly outstanding. Thanks for the shoutout!
    Written 17 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
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Michael W
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you like adventure in the great outdoors you simply must 'do' the Old Ghost Road (walking or cycling) in NZ.

We used ebikes (2 batteries would be wise) and it is one of the best trails I've ridden. It's excellent for the rider who seeks single trail riding and constant change to the surface beneath the wheel.

It's challenging, which is great - plenty of effort required on the uphill, and plenty of focus and riding skill on the downhill.

The scenery is typically fantastic NZ (especially South island). We were blessed with perfect weather.

The huts are great. Classic, simple, NZ tramping huts; well built, offering the necessary services with helpful signage.

We only had 1 sleep (Ghost Lake) but used 3 others for food stops etc. walkers would likely use 4 huts.

Thanks so much to the volunteers and sponsors for making this trail available. Users, remember to make paid bookings and donations to ensure this tremendous trail remains open to all.
Written 10 May 2024
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will937
Kaikoura, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Amazing, challenging, life experience was had by 4 friends biking The Old Ghost Road we are average to moderate mature lady riders and with a bit of kiwi determination we probably rode 75% of the track which we are totally stoked with. The weather gods shone down on us, the accommodation for 3 nights Lyell, Stern & Specimen were to an great standard for huts. We loved our time came home a happy but tired group and wish to acknowledge the planning, commitment & completion of those whom helpt and continue to maintain this awesome track in New Zealand thanking you.
Kind Regards Chris Boyd
Written 7 May 2024
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Happiness37378256053
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Such an excellent hike! 5 days of walking (following old gold trails as well as some new purpose-built trails) through impressive landscapes and beautiful bush. Plenty of history and nature to enjoy, and outstanding views. The 4 huts are perfect NZ tramping huts, and we enjoyed lighter packs because all the cooking equipment (cookers, pots and plates etc) are supplied. Because you book in advance, you are guaranteed a bed. We chose to stay in summer sleep-outs for a bit more privacy, which is a lovely choice to have. We met other walkers and bikers doing the trail, and everyone was friendly and having a great time.
Written 30 April 2024
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Brent N
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An awesome MTB experience, the trails are challenging enough to keep it interesting and fun at the same time.
The views and environment are breath-taking.
We stayed in 3 huts and took our time each day to stop to take photos, enjoy the wildlife (ever had a South Island Robin sit on your handlebars?, explore the old mine workings and sit by the river.
We met a few bikers who seemed to be treating it like an endurance race and were only staying 1 night. In my opinion they were missing out on the experience. If I was to do it again I would stay 4 nights.
Written 28 April 2024
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Trish
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Stunning track! 4 of us hiked the track, staying in each hut and finishing with the amazing Rough and Tumble Lodge at the end.
There was plenty of equipment in each hut- even coffee plungers, great mattresses and shelves for your nighttime bits. The toilets are eco, not smelly and hand sanitizer is provided outside each. Each has an outdoor shower that is delightfully rustic but enough. Quite apart from all of that are the gradual tracks in great condition, the stunning views and we loved that the huts were strategically placed in different elevations.
The R and T lodge is peaceful, generous and well worth indulging post walk or ride. I loved it!
Written 5 April 2024
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paul h
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Tramping 84kms over 5 days, using the summer sleep outs for our accommodation. What a trip.
We had been wanting to do this for some time, had heard great things from friends and were not disappointed. The main huts were well equipped with cooking gear which meant not having to carry extra weight in our packs. The views, fantastic, the bird life between Stern valley and Specimens huts were amazing. We had not heard anything close to that on any of our other tramps. We met great people, both trampers and bikers, friendly and willy to share stores. if you are brave go for a swim in one of the creeks or just a quick rinse. Refreshing after having tramped a few KMs. Especially the 25km day to Specimen hut. We still carried a small gas cannister and brewed a cupper along the way. This forced us to rest and made the long day even more enjoyable. We recommend if you have time to book a night at the Rough and Tumble Lodge at the end. Great setting, the staff are fantastic, plus the food was stunningly good. The rooms, with comfortable beds and hot showers, wow. Or you should try the outdoor hot shower overlooking the Mokihinui river.
A great way to finish what was a great experience.
I will be back, this time on my bike.
Written 4 April 2024
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Culture67159661056
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
10/10 bike packing experience. Awesome trail, great huts and we had perfect weather! The trails had some very challenging sections so only attempt if fit and an experienced MTBer.
Written 2 April 2024
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Moose Moorhouse
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
What a beautiful and well maintained track. Has to go down as one of my favourite walks in NZ. The huts were excellent and whether walking or cycling it is very user friendly. Great history and a most beautiful part of the country. Highly recommend this walk to anyone as a unique and enlightening experience. If you love NZ you will love this track.
Written 30 March 2024
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Dreamer16874830722
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The most spectacular walk I have done. The scenery is absolutely stunning, helped by perfect weather for our trip which meant we could see forever. We also met great people along the way. The huts are comfortable and warm and fully set up with gas cooking, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery - even a coffee plunger. The composting toilets were smell free and very clean. Would highly recommend this walk.
Written 24 March 2024
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Odyssey59513646843
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
On this walk you cover so much beautiful country. The views are amazing. I would highly recommend it to reasonably fit trampers. The huts are clean and well equipped. Loved every minute of it.
Written 13 March 2024
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