Old Ghost Road

  • 4 – 5 days one way
  • Medium
  • Bookings required

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A four or five day tramp from the Lyell Campsite(off SH6 in the Buller Gorge) to the Mokihinui road end (off SH67 near Seddonville). This trip uses the Mokihinui-Lyell-Backcountry-Trust (MLBT) cycle trail and at the time of writing (end of Nov 2013) includes about 24km of unformed marked route (suitable for experienced trampers with route-finding skills). Over the next 12-18 months this section will be upgraded to cycle trail standards, which will alter the estimated tramping times given. DOC has information on their website (refer links below) but the most up-to-date information on track conditions will be on the MLBT website.

Stern Valley Hut • By ledge. Licence: C.
Old Ghost Road: Key information
Walking time
4 – 5 days
22 hr – 35 hr
One way
One way
Bookings required
There are four Trust huts on the track that need to be booked.
Old Ghost Road: Find it
Lyell Campsite off SH6 in the Buller Gorge
Mokihinui road end off SH67 near Seddonville
100m – 1,350m
Altitude change 1,250m

Day 1: Lyell Campsite to Lyell Saddle Hut. 18km 4-6 hours

Ghost Lake Hut • By ledge. Licence: C.

Gentle uphill all the way to the Hut. One narrow section of the track traverses a slip and the Trust has erected gates at either end as a warning to cyclists to dismount. An attempt has been made by the track makers to achieve a very comfortable 1 in 5 gradient with 10% variation.  Over the course of the mountain bike track most likely the hardest thing for tampers will be the hard metal (rock/gravel) underfoot.

Lyell Saddle Hut(s) comprise a the main hut with 6+4 single bunks and two smaller  huts with two twin bunks.  The smaller huts are cosy without heating. 

Day 2: Lyell Saddle Hut to Ghost Lake Hut 12km 3-5 hours. Ghost Lake to Stern Valley Hut 11km 4-6 hours
Continue the gentle climb to Ghost Lake Hut (bunk numbers with one smaller hut similar to Lyell) which is situated in an outstanding position above the small lake with features great views North to the Lyell Range and beyond. From here the cycle track changes to a lightly padded marked route and descends sharply down a steep spur then climbs back up to the ridge with easy travel through scrub before descending again steeply to Stern Creek.  Although it is well marked, the route here is through bush that is quite thick at times. Minimal clearing of the unformed route has been undertaken so keeping sight of the track markers is essential.
Day 3: Stern Valley Hut - Goat Creek Hut 13km 4-7 hours - Mokihinui Forks Hut 8.5km 2-3 hours.
Travel up valley heading North on a tributary towards Solemn Saddle. Trampers can take the marked route in a direct line to the saddle (to the West[?] of past Lakes Grim and Cheerful (the proposed cycle way is to the East(?) and marked with poles (avoid following this direction). There is a This second poled route on the will eventually cross the  slip face to the east of the trampers route which also goes both will lead to the Saddle. Steep climbing and sidling in heavy brush will achieve the saddle From there the route descends to Goat Creek after a traverse sidle and descent more or less on a which follows the ridge line in mixed brush and beech to meet the formed cycle trail in the valley. About 1.5km brings you to Goat Creek Hut (DOC) which is sited off the cleared cycle trail across Goat Creek about 500m before the junction with the Mokihinui River, the hut’s position and is not sign posted. Following the cycle-way from Goat Creek in about 1km cross the Mokihinui river and follow the cycle trail to Mokihinui Forks Hut (DOC). Note that this Hut has been extended and now accommodates 10.

Stern Valley Hut Sleepout • By deepriver. Licence: C.

Day 4: Mokihinui Forks Hut - Mokihinui Road end 19.5km 5 - 7.5 hours
An easy day following the Mokihinui river gorge first to a remarkably sited Specimen Point Hut (MLBT) (10) plus Red Queen sleep-out (4) then on the end of the cycle trail at Mokihinui Road traversing amazing gorged river walls with bridged crossings of brutal gullies and spectacular views.

ID 8829

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Added 22 November 2013 by Gpsboy2Gpsboy2. 8 revisions, most recently 22 November 2013 by Gpsboy2Gpsboy2.
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