• Book one night only at Lyell Saddle, Specimen Point, or Mokihinui Forks.
  • For single night return trips only. This option is not intended for those traversing more/all of the trail.
  • If you wish to book a return trip to a hut not included on this screen, you will need to book the 'Through user' option.
Note, not all huts are created equal - please click on the '+' to see details of and inclusions at each site
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Lyell Saddle - Hut — 'In-and-Out User' Shared Accommodation (1 night min)

Located 18km from The Old Ghost Road’s southern trail head, the Lyell Saddle Hut was the first constructed by Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust volunteers in April 2011.

The hut looks directly into the headwaters of the Mokihinui South Branch and across to the Glasgow Range. It is surrounded by a mixture of beech and cloud forest, and can equally be swathed in mist or bathed in sun.

11 bunks

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Lyell Saddle - Zala Summer Sleepout — 'In-and-Out User' Private Accommodation (1 night min)

Enjoy your own private sleepout at Lyell Saddle. Sleepouts accommodate up to four persons.

2 x double mattresses in bunk format

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. Sleepouts contain two double mattresses. They do not have their own heat sources and do not include any cooking facilities, but users can use the communal facilities in the main hut. Main hut facilities include: A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Lyell Saddle - Gibbs Summer Sleepout — 'In-and-Out User' Private Accommodation (1 night min)

Enjoy your own private sleepout at Lyell Saddle. Sleepouts accommodate up to four persons.

2 x double mattresses in bunk format

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. Sleepouts contain two double mattresses. They do not have their own heat sources and do not include any cooking facilities, but users can use the communal facilities in the main hut. Main hut facilities include: A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Lyell Saddle - Tent Site — 'In-and-Out User' User Tent Sites (1 night min)

Tent Site for up to 2 people at Lyell Saddle.

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. A tent site for up to two people - excludes use of facilities in main communal hut. Facilities include an outside basin area and composting toilet. Users are expected to be entirely self sufficient for cooking (bring your own cookers, pots and cutlery).

Mokihinui Forks - Hut — 'In-and-Out User' Shared Accommodation (1 night min)

Under the management of the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust, backcountry hut passes will still be honoured and stays longer than 1 night are possible. Contact the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust (info@oldghostroad.org.nz) prior to booking for instruction on both.

The Mokihinui Forks hut is an ex-Forestry Service hut of a lower standard than the other four huts. It is located 22km from Stern Valley hut (8km from Goat Creek) and 3km from Specimen Point hut, and sits perched on a terrace just upstream of the confluence of the Mokihinui River South and North branches, overlooking expansive flats of the lower South Branch.

8 bunks

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station. It is an older style hut – hence its reduced rate.

Specimen Point - Hut — 'In-and-Out User' Shared Accommodation (1 night min)

Located 17km from The Old Ghost Road’s northern trail head, Specimen Point Hut was the fourth and last hut constructed by Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust volunteers in April 2012.

The hut, which overlooks Specimen Creek at the confluence with the Mokihinui River. It is on the edge of beech forest and at the foot of the Glasgow Range. It is an ideal overnight location for users seeking a moderate tramp or walk up the Mokihinui Gorge, or a base for further explorations of the gorge and Mokihinui South Branch. Rafters often put in near Specimen Creek, making the hut a destination for such groups.

14 bunks

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Specimen Point - Red Queen Summer Sleepout — 'In-and-Out User' Private Accommodation (1 night min)

Enjoy your own private sleepout at Specimen Point. Sleepouts accommodate up to four persons.

2 x double mattresses in bunk format

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. Sleepouts contain two double mattresses. They do not have their own heat sources and do not include any cooking facilities, but users can use the communal facilities in the main hut. Main hut facilities include: A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Specimen Point - Guiding Star Summer Sleepout — 'In-and-Out User' Private Accommodation (1 night min)

Enjoy your own private sleepout at Specimen Point. Sleepouts accommodate up to four persons.

2 x double mattresses in bunk format

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. Sleepouts contain two double mattresses. They do not have their own heat sources and do not include any cooking facilities, but users can use the communal facilities in the main hut. Main hut facilities include: A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cook tops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage and a bike repair station.

Specimen Point - Tent Site — 'In-and-Out User' User Tent Sites (1 night min)

Tent Site for up to 2 people at Specimen Point.

For users completing an overnight trip to one of the first huts at either end of the trail and returning the same way. A tent site for up to two people - excludes use of facilities in main communal hut. Facilities include an outside basin area and composting toilet. Users are expected to be entirely self sufficient for cooking (bring your own cookers, pots and cutlery).

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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. The 85km-long Old Ghost Road traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys.

Property Facilities

Accommodation on the Old Ghost Road consists of comfortable, well insulated backcountry huts and rustic summer sleepouts for those looking for some privacy.

General Room Facilities

All huts are equipped with mattresses, gas cookers, and cooking equipment.

Car Parking

Carparking is available at both the Lyell and Seddonville trail heads.

Location / Distances

45 minutes drive from Westport

Check-In Time

Between 2:00 pm and 11:00 pm

Check-Out Time

10:00 am

Cancellation Policy


CANCELLATION and AMENDMENT POLICY

• Cancellations (whether in part or full) notified more than 21 days prior to the date of your booking arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) are eligible for an 80% refund (of the cancelled portion).
• Cancellations (whether in part or full) notified more than 3 days (and less than 21 days) prior to 12 noon on the date of your booking arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) are eligible for a 50% refund (of the cancelled portion).
• Cancellations (whether in part or full) notified less than 3 days prior to 12 noon on the date of your arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) are ineligible for any refund (i.e. 100% forfeiture of the cancelled portion).
• No-shows or cancellations made after 12 noon on the date of your arrival are ineligible for any refund (i.e. 100% forfeiture of the cancelled portion).
• Amendments (e.g. changes to booking dates and/or accommodation type) notified more than 21 days prior to the date of your booking arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) will not be subject to an amendment fee.
• Amendments (e.g. changes to booking dates and/or accommodation type) notified more than 3 days (and less than 21 days) prior to the date of your booking arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) will be subject to a $30 amendment fee.
• Amendments (e.g. changes to booking dates and/or accommodation type) notified less than 3 days prior to 12 noon on the date of your booking arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) will be subject to a $50 amendment fee.
• Amendments (e.g. changes to booking dates and/or accommodation type) notified after 12 noon on the date of your arrival (i.e. the start of your trip) will be treated as cancellations and will be subject to new booking costs.
• Where an amendment transfers your booking into a higher rate season, the uplift will be payable. Where an amendment transfers your booking into a lower rate season, no refund will apply.
• To make a booking cancellation or amendment, please email info@oldghostroad.org.nz with your booking reference number, name and a clear description of what change(s) you wish to make. Cancellation and/or amendment requests must be made by the person who made the initial booking.


UNFORSEEN EVENTS

• Access and use of the trail is subject to the state of the trail. Similarly, access to and use of facilities/structures along the trail (including accommodation) is subject to the state of the facilities/structures and subject to the state of the trail giving access to the facilities/structures. It is possible something may occur that, in our discretion, prevents you from using the trail or any facilities/structures on the trail (including accommodation), for example (without limitation), occurrence of weather or other forces of nature including fire or earthquake, action or inaction by any government agency, or significant damage or loss of any track section(s) or facility/structure (including accommodation) (Unforeseen Event).
• If, in our discretion, an Unforeseen Event occurs, you acknowledge that you will not have access and use of the affected trail and/or facilities/structures (including accommodation) and that we will have to cancel any bookings you have made. In the case of an Unforeseen Event, our standard cancellation policies will not apply in these circumstances and you will not be entitled to any refund. We may allow you to transfer any booking you have made to another date(s) when the Unforeseen Event no longer exists. However, we have no obligation to do so.