Bush and Beyond - Kahurangi guided walks.

Old Ghost Road

A long forgotten gold miner's road

Old Ghost Road in elevation.

Old Ghost Road in elevation

Old Ghost Road

A long forgotten gold miner's road

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Old Ghost Road in elevation

Journey into the wilderness

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!

Walk a long-forgotten gold miner’s road.

Walk dates for 2024 - 2025

November 17th – 22nd 2024,
January 20th – 25th 2025,
February 6th – 11th 2025 
Other dates – please contact us!

Kahurangi National Park Weather – Old Ghost Road.

Day 1 – Arrival at Lyell Saddle Hut

Walking distance:17.5 km

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).

Lyell Saddle Hut to Ghost Lake Hut

Walking distance: 12km

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.

Ghost Lake Hut to Stern Valley Hut

Walking distance: 13km

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.

Stern Valley Hut to Specimen Point Hut

Walking distance: 25km

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.

Crossing over to the West Coast

Walking distance: 17km

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!


Return to Nelson

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.

Hiking the Old Ghost Road

Pricing Information

Old Ghost Walk Guided Walk Experience
Total cost: $2100 NZD
6 Days – 5 nights   BOOK NOW!

This package includes:

  • Transfer to/from your accommodation
  • Pick up/drop off via Nelson Airport
  • Gourmet meals infused with local products
  • Quality accommodation – Superior en suite (twin share) in Westport with breakfast included (single surcharge $50)
  • Accompanied by Outdoorsmark health and safety verified expert guides possessing local knowledge and stories of your local surroundings
  • Scenic return drive to Nelson
  • Hut passes all inclusive

Some of our walkers wish to stay in Richmond. If so, we can arrange your accommodation for you at a price and style which suits.

If you are short on time, we also offer a 5 day package. Please enquire with us about this.

The last night’s dinner is excluded to give you freedom to choose your preference.

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More Information About The Old Ghost Road

Experience an unforgettable adventure, the Old Ghost Road is New Zealand’s longest continuous single-track in wild and remote terrain.

The track traverses native forests, mountain tops, river flats, and valleys with magnificent views all around.

The huts are inviting, and their layout and design are unique. They are better equipped and distinct from standard DOC huts.