10 Feb 2016

Old Ghost Road Trail

From Nine To Noon, 9:24 am on 10 February 2016

In the remote north west corner of the South Island,a long-forgotten gold miners' road is drawing thousands of visitors.

The Old Ghost Road, a new back country biking and tramping track, is an 85km trail through the rugged and dramatic Mokihinui-Lyell back-country which took nearly eight years to complete and was officially opened in December.

The trail, which typically takes cyclists two to four days to complete, is New Zealand's longest continuous track.

Gold miners had attempted to complete the trail, but failed due to the formidable terrain.

Seddonville lodge owner Marion Boatwright was given an old survey map dating back to 1886 which outlined the trail and became passionate about rediscovering it.

He got other locals involved and the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust was established.

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Marion and Chairman of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust Phil Rossiter.