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Bush and Beyond

New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, Guided Walk Specialists

Guided Walks On The Old Ghost Road

Old Ghost Road

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road

In the North West corner of the South Island of New Zealand a ghost has awakened. A long-forgotten gold miners' road has been revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail - connecting the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the north.

Our 6-day package includes 4 nights in huts along the trail and a final night enjoying lodge accommodation on the wild West Coast. We can tailor a package to suit your requirements and have other adventure options available to enhance your tour. Join us, to remember the history as we pass old ghost towns along the way. The Old Ghost Road (85kms) leads us through native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys- an outdoor museum!

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road

Fitness level: average

Price: $2000 5 Days/4 nights

Price: $2150 6 Days/5 nights

This option includes quality accommodation - superior en suite (twin share) in Westport with breakfast included (single surcharge $50).

Includes scenic return drive to Nelson.

Prices include all food, hut passes and transport ex Nelson. We can arrange your accommodation for you in Richmond at a price and style which suits you. We will get you back to Motueka or Nelson on your last day, unless your option is to carry on down the West Coast.

A unique feature of our Old Ghost Road hike is the special meal delivered fresh to the Specimen hut incorporating local and wild food.

Day 1:
We will collect you from your accommodation and drive to Lyell car park in the Upper Buller Gorge. Beginning our walk with a steady climb along the 100+ year old dray road, we will enjoy views across the stunning Lyell Range and pass through beautiful mature beech forest. We observe relics of old gold mining claims and ghost towns on our way up to Lyell Saddle Hut (875m above sea level). (17.5 kms)

Day 2:
The morning commences with a graded climb through forest up to the tussock tops of the Lyell Range and onto 'Ghost Lake' and the unique Ghost Lake Hut. Amazing views and magical mountainous vistas surround us. We will observe an enormous diversity of sub-alpine herbs, grasses, bog plants and mosses in this fragile ecosystem. (12 kms)

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road

Day 3:
Departing from Ghost Lake Hut we trek down through the ancient moss covered beech forest and traverse ridge tops marveling at the Dr Seuss-like 'Skyline Steps'. Making our way down to our evening accommodation at Stern Valley Hut we enjoy dramatic descents. (13 kms)

Day 4:
This morning we explore the Earnest Valley (northern branch of Stern Creek). After the twin lakes (Lake Grim and Lake Cheerful), we discover the iconic 'Boneyard', moving onto 'Solemn Saddle' and 'The Hanging Judge'. Scrub and grass covered valleys lead to the historic Goat Creek Hut and onto podocarp forest. Our destination is Specimen Point hut which is located at the head of the Mokihinui River Gorge. (25 kms)

Day 5:
The Old Ghost Road picks up the old miners' track following the left bank of the mighty Mokihinui River gorge. A magnificient river still wild and untamed! While enjoying the privilege of this wilderness our trek ends in lodge style accommodation with West Coast hospitality to celebrate! (17kms)

Old Ghost Road
Old Ghost Road

Day 6:
We will deliver you back to Nelson approximately 3.30 pm. Our route will take you down the Northern West Coast to Westport, then through the picturesque Buller Gorge. We will be stopping at Murchison before arriving at Nelson airport or your preferred destination.

Group discount for bookings of 4 or more!

Email us for details on the Old Ghost Road guided walks

Email us for details on the Old Ghost Road guided walks

Upcoming Guided Walks

Heaphy Track Guided Walks 22nd-27th September
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th September - 4th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 13th-18th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 20th-25th October
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 27th October - 1st November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 3rd-8th November
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 4th-9th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 10th-15th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 17th-22nd November
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 23rd-28th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 24th-29th November
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 30th November - 5th December
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 2nd-7th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-13th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 15th-20th December
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 28th December - 2nd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 29th December - 3rd January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 5th-10th January
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 7th-12th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 14th-19th January
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 20th-25th January
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 28th January - 2nd February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 2nd-7th February
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 3rd-8th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 9th-14th February
Kahurangi Lighthouse 10th-14th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 16th-21st February
Cobb Valley / Mount Arthur comfort tour 23rd-27th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 23rd-28th February
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 23rd-28th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 1st-6th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 2nd-7th March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-13th March
Best of the West Tour 9th-13th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 16th-21st March
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 22nd-27th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 30th March - 4th April
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 8th-12th April
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