Old Ghost Road Mountain Bike Adventure


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    Experience some of the South Island’s best mountain biking on our fully guided and supported Old Ghost Road Mountain Bike Adventure.  We kick things off by exploring the abundant network of trails in Christchurch’s Port Hills and Adventure Park, before heading west to take on Canterbury’s hidden gem that is the Craigieburn Trails.  Get excited, the iconic Old Ghost Road is up next. From Lyell, we follow the 85km trail through thick beach forest, along rocky ridges, down the infamous Skyline staircase and out through the Mohikinui River Gorge to Seddonville.  The 19th century trail was once created to connect gold fields between the Buller Gorge and the Mohikinui Valley, although it was never finished as the trail was deemed too rugged!  Expert mountain biking guides will drive you from A to B, muster up a homecooked meal and even treat you to a skills session. You’ll also enjoy classic Kiwi hospitality in a mix of alpine lodges and remote huts with unbeatable views.

    Highlights

    • Warm up on Christchurch’s Port Hills with stunning ocean views
    • Ride the trails of Christchurch’s Adventure Park – lift assisted
    • Explore the local Craigieburn Trails in Castle Hill Basin
    • Test your skills on the Old Ghost Road’s enviable single-track
    • Stay overnight in the remote Ghost Lake and Specimen Point Huts
    • Take in incredible views from the Skyline Ridge and Lyell Tops
    • Learn new riding tips and a receive a skill session with your experienced mountain bike guides
    • Enjoy local hospitality in small townships along the way

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Port Hills and Christchurch Adventure Park
    Your mountain biking adventure begins with a warm up in Christchurch’s Port Hills. Flowing single-track along the crater rim gives us panoramic views in all directions, the peaks of the Southern Alps to the west and the vivid blue waters of Lyttelton Harbour to the east. Our adventure continues with a few runs in Christchurch’s Adventure Park using their state-of-the-art lift. We then enjoy lunch at the on-site restaurant before getting ready for the 1.5 hour drive towards the mountains. The journey takes us across the vast Canterbury Plains and over Porters Pass which is a fitting introduction to the Craigieburn Mountains where our next adventure awaits. We stay the night at Porters Lodge where we enjoy a home cooked dinner provided by our Kiwi hosts. Cycling distance: Up to 50km (L, D)

    Day 2 Craigieburn Ranges to Reefton
    Today’s adventure starts right outside our doorstep. After a hearty breakfast we ride the lodges own flow trails before setting loose in the Craigieburn forest. You’ll be rewarded with fantastic views over the surrounding valleys and mountains from the many trail options including the Hog’s Back, Luge, the Edge, Dracophyllum flat and Dicksons Downhill tracks. Returning to the trailhead, we then drive across the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to Reefton.  We enjoy an evening meal and a well-deserved beer in the town’s historic pub. Rest up as the next three days will be huge! Cycling distance: Up to 40km (B, D)

    Day 3 Lyell to Ghost Lake Hut (Old Ghost Road Day 1)
    A short drive takes us to the gold rush ghost town of Lyell and the start of the Old Ghost Road. The trail starts with a 765m climb through beach forest along an old dray road to the open tops of the saddle, offering dramatic views across the valley in all directions. A narrow and rocky track then sidles across the face of Mt Montgomery and past ‘Heaven’s Door’ before descending through stunted alpine forest to Ghost Lake Hut and our accommodation for the night. We’ll enjoy a relaxed evening at the hut, overlooking Ghost Lake and the surrounding mountain ranges where your guides will prepare your evening meal. Riding Distance: 30km (B, D)

    Day 4 Ghost Lake to Specimen Point Hut (Old Ghost Road Day 2)
    Today our ride descends rapidly from Ghost Lake through rock gardens with tight turns to reach the spectacular Skyline Ridge. We carry our bikes down the Skyline Steps before some fun, fast and sweeping single-track into the Stern Valley. The trail continues to meander on through the Earnest Valley and zigzags up through a large bolder field named the Boneyard to Solemn Saddle. From here it’s on down to the confluence with the Mokihinui River South Branch and the old Goat Creek Hut. From Goat Creek, we will wind our way through towering podocarp forest to the Mokihinui ‘Forks’ and then on to the Specimen Point Hut site 3km downstream towards at the head of Mokihinui River Gorge. Our guides will cook up another tasty meal and we will relax enjoying views of the river nearby. Riding Distance: 38km (B, D)

    Day 5 Specimen Point to Christchurch (Old Ghost Road Day 3)
    From Specimen Point, the Mokihinui squeezes into a tight gorge and below us are rushing green waters and deep clear pools. Narrow swing bridges overhang massive drops and the old miners’ road is re-joined for the undulating ride through the spectacular Mokihinui River gorge to the end of the trail and the end of the Old Ghost Road. At Seddonville we meet up with our transport, load up the bikes before we enjoy a shower and refreshments at the Rough & Tumble lodge. We then set off on our journey over the Lewis Pass back to Christchurch. Riding Distance: 17km (B, L)

    Inclusions

    • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
    • 1 nights motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
    • 1 night back country lodge with shared facilities
    • 2 nights in remote backcountry hut with shared facilities
    • Experienced qualified mountain bike guides/drivers
    • Private vehicle transport
    • Lift rides in the Christchurch Adventure Park
    • Water and snacks while cycling
    • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

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    Images courtesy of WorldExpeditions, Sandra Appleby