Old Ghost Road Trail to receive additional funding from DOC

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
an image © Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust

Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced that the Old Ghost Road cycle trail will receive $800,000 from the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The 80 kilometre track will reincarnate an historic gold miners' road into a mountain biking and tramping trail. It will offer cyclists and trampers an exhilerating ride or walk through some of New Zealand's beautiful and historic nature.

60 kilometres of the trail have already been completed, with Smith opening a 26 kilometre section earlier in 2013. The funding will allow for the remainder of the trail to be completed by March 2015.

Smith said that the Old Ghost Road trail shows 'the very best of [New Zealand's] landscape, environment, culture and heritage.'

'The trail offers a journey back in time to the gold rush days of the 1860s and the long-forgotten settlements of Zalatown, Gibbstown, and remote farms that were abandoned after the 1929 magnitude 7.8 Murchison earthquake reshaped the land and limited access to the area.'

The trail will extend from the old dray road in the Lyell by Upper Buller Gorge to the Mokihinui River in the north-west corner of the South Island, with native forest, untouched valleys and river flats along the way for bikers and trampers to enjoy.

The Old Ghost Road is being developed by the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust in association with DOC along with businesses and local volunteers.



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