WATCH: Converting Defunk Mining Roads Into New Zealand's Longest Single Track

WATCH: Converting Defunk Mining Roads Into New Zealand's Longest Single Track

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WATCH: Converting Defunk Mining Roads Into New Zealand's Longest Single Track

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This documentary follows along a 10 year project connecting two ends of miner’s roads started in the 1800’s creating the longest continuous single track in New Zealand. The effort was made possible by many thousands of volunteer hours and some good old Kiwi grit and ingenuity. The film debuts this weekend at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival and hopefully to wide release shortly there after.

“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. It’s almost as if the engineers from the 1870’s knew we were coming! The spirits of the old miners and track builders are inescapable and four ghost towns populate the route. “

To book a hut and explore the trail go HERE

Here’s some more details from the New Zealand dept of Tourism:

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[all images from www.oldghostroad.org.nz]

 

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