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Activities
  • 5 day mountain bike
Accommodation
  • 2 nights back country hut
  • 1 night lodge
  • 1 night motel
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$1950USD

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Remote adventures
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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: OGR

Trip 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

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!

Our 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.

Bring your friends and ask us about group discounts and flexible dates, groups of 8-12 can easily be accommodated.


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. Note: If you are bringing your own bike, please make sure you have it assembled and ready when we pick you up. If you are hiring a mountain bike, there will be a chance to test and fit your hire bike. Cycling distance: Up to 50km

Meals:  L,D

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, the charming West Coast town that’s our stopping point for the night. It’s hard to believe this was the first town in NZ to have a power supply! 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

Meals:  B,D

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. At 1200m above sea level, we think you’ll agree this is the perfect place to stop. 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 Approx Time: 6-8 hours

Meals:  B,D

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 Approx time: 6-9 hours

Meals:  B,D

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. We can expect to arrive in Christchurch around 7pm, where there are options to be dropped near to the airport or in the central city. Those who would like to dismantle and box their mountain bikes can return to the Adventure South NZ depot. Riding Distance: 17km Approx time: 2-4 hours

Meals:  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 and sleeping bags
  • 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
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary (There will be time to purchase lunch food along the way when needed)
  • All alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Mountain bike hire (including helmet) - Quality full suspension bikes can be hired from NZ$500/week
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own standard bike drink bottle or hydration system)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips (not compulsory)

About Your Leader

Our Guides are one of our biggest assets. We pride ourselves on the standard and quality of these great people who you will be spending your holiday with. They come from all walks of life but they all have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, heaps of fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you. We provide you with the services of two experienced mountain bike guides, who will be able to share their mountain bike knowledge with you and give you some riding tips out on the trail. All our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many are trained bike mechanics.


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Total Priceper person from

$1950USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$130
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Old Ghost Road Mountain Bike Adventure trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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 When you book one of our adventures, you will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travellers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.

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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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