The Old Ghost Road

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Lyell Upper Buller Gorge, Westport 7825 New Zealand
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Richard Kempthorne
1 contribution
May 2022
This was a wonderful experience. There was quite a variety of types of mountain biking with solid uphill, reasonably technical downhill, "The Steps", the Graveyard and wonderful West Coast bush forest to enjoy. The highlight was the open shower at the Rough and Tumble Lodge and pizza at the end of the ride.
Written 9 June 2022
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cashmerebay
Timaru16 contributions
Apr 2022
What an amazing piece of history and fantastic effort by the OGR Trust to get this track open and what a fantastic experience to walk it. The scenery is sublime and there is such variation, in topography and plantlife. The huts were perfect, the track was good going and the weather was a mixed bag, but never wet enough to dampen our spirits.
Bizarrely enough, everyone in our group said theyd happily walk it again.
Great track.
Written 7 May 2022
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Gordy
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
What a stunning two days on the Old Ghost Road.

In my veiw every self respecting walking kiwi has to walk the Mildord and every self respecting kiwi mountain biker has to bike the Old Ghost road.

It is a true testament to what can be achieved with heaps of guts and determination. I think a modern day parallel in many ways to the old timers and what they achieved on the Coast over 100 yrs ago.

And the scenery is outstanding. Absolutly beautiful and unfortunately a camera just cant nail it. So you have to go and see it for yourself.

Massive cliff faces towering over some of NZs most beautiful bush. Its no wonder its won world aclaim.

Please take a bow Phil Rossiter and all of the crew who i know put so much into creating something so special.

Fourth time through and im still buzzing after the experiance.

And riden with a great bunch if guys.
Written 4 May 2022
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susan h
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Apr 2022
Not a day passed without our group declaring each one a “favourite” - even the one day it rained, drenching us between Ghost Lake Hut and Stern Valley Hutt. But with every Hut so well stocked with kindling and firewood, within minutes we were hanging sodden jackets on racks suspended above a toasty fire, drinking hot chocolate, wrangling bunks and deciding on the night’s dehydrated feast. This winding, up hill, down dale, ladder stepping, tree sheltered, sometimes river accompanying tramp while challenging, isn’t the “toughie” it might read. With well equipped kitchens and super clean toilets the absence of a hot shower is barely an issue. We were a group of 5. We walked 5 days, overnighting 4. We started out smiling and finished with big happy grins.
Written 2 May 2022
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Jost-Pauline S
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand381 contributions
Mar 2022
We recently walked the Old Ghost Road (three trampers, retired, North Island) and found this adventure on of the best on offer in the South Island at present.
The fact that it is a shared mountain bike and tramping track did not create any problems. During the week we would have met an average of up to five bikes per day - and maybe the same number of trampers. The benefit of the mountain biker presence is that the track quality is akin the Great Walks standards, with quite well compacted surfaces, plenty of bridges and sufficiently wide to not getting caught up by branches and protruding hill sides.
The four huts built by the Trust running the adventure are in great locations, built to a high standard and allow for privacy of individual groups, including the option to sleep in separate cabins (4 people max). The huts are fitted out well, have insect screens, are well insulated, have plenty of gas hobs and even an outside shower facility. Additionally there are two DOC huts on offer in between - to reduce travel distance of the longest day.
The walk needs to be booked in advance and the cost is a bit higher than DOC huts - but well justified. On-line booking and e-mail confirmation are straight forward and include a lot of handy tips.
The variety of landscapes is mind blowing ranging from river walks, bush walks, mountain tops and even including a 300+ stair section to overcome the challenges of the at times difficult landscape.
For anyone, reasonably fit, wanting to experience an extraordinary outdoor adventure the Old Ghost Road must move to the top of your list - just make sure you go there when the weather forecast is good
I would also recommend staying in one of the DOC huts, as this reduces a 25 km day walk into an 11 and 14 km section. Admittedly it means taking some cooking gear per party - but this is probably a wise strategy anyway - as weather or situations in these remote parts can be unpredictable.
Written 24 April 2022
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familyfunny
Costa Rica8 contributions
Apr 2022
This is an astounding walk. Long yes, but not arduous. I have rarely walked through such diverse beauty - from alpine to beech to rimu and other podocarps, along the beautiful Mohikinui river, around rocky 'boneyards' and ghostly lakes. To top it off, all gas, pots, cutlery, cups and plates and even coffee plungers are provided meaning that my pack was light. If you do walk it, finish off at the Rough and Tumble for the night - the warmest hospitality (thanks Shelley) and delicious food.
Written 20 April 2022
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Ben
Rome, Italy7 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Great trail and fairly well maintained - well worth splitting this into atleast 2 days to make the most of the trip and experience.

Booked as private hut and would do again for the convince (it was better than my Air BNB).

Old Ghost Road time guide were a little long in my experience - expected to take a full day to get to Ghost Lake Hut but was only the morning so had lunch on arrival.
Written 10 April 2022
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Bel
12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Varied and dramatic scenery. Well maintained track and huts. Meeting like minded people. Everything was perfect. So much work has gone into this track and facilities I hope many many more get to reap the benefits because it's absolutely incredible
Written 9 April 2022
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clarebs
West Coast79 contributions
Mar 2022
Walking the Old Ghost Road last week was truly amazing, my favourite walk of all time.
I walked with five women friends ranging between 50 to 76 years old.
The track was fabulous, a real engineering feat, the scenery couldn't be beaten. Huts were good, each one unique and not like DoC huts. Also, composting toilets were better than they might have been.
Gas and cooking and eating gear in the huts was also a big plus.
I'd do this walk again in a minute.
Written 5 April 2022
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CHPG
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
Mar 2022
We took our time over 5 days and enjoyed every minute of the OGR. Superb scenery and tracks, great friendly huts and accomodation.
Written 4 April 2022
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