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Old Ghost Road opening

posted Dec 26, 2012, 12:17 AM by Robert Wopereis   [ updated Dec 26, 2012, 12:25 AM ]
An official opening is tentatively planned for early 2013 for two sections of the Old Ghost Road connecting Lyell in the upper Buller Gorge to the Mokihinui River. The southern end from Lyell to Lyell Saddle Hut (and possibly further to Ghost Lake Hut) is expected to be officially opened on Friday 1st February 2013 as well as the northern end of the trail from Seddonville to Mokihinui Forks including the new Specimen Creek Hut.
The 'through-trail' will take at least another 12-18 months to complete, but it is proposed to fast-track the establishment of a connecting tramping route in the next six months to enable trampers to enjoy the whole route. This would mean a well surfaced trail at both ends connected in the middle by a more arduous marked route.

A hut booking system is expected to be ready early in the New Year; along with a fee system to cover the cost of hut maintenance, but this amount has yet to be decided. The complete 80 kilometre trail is expected to be a four or five day tramp.

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Lyell Saddle Hut    Photo: Robert Wopereis