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Challenging
Activities
  • 4 day mountain bike
Accommodation
  • 2 nights back country hut
  • 1 night motel
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • 4 Breakfasts

4 Days$1295NZD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 14 people


Trip Code: SOG6724

Trip highlights


  • Join Team CP MTB Coach Matt Sherwood and Adventure Souths Damian Stones for an epic weekend of skills, trails, and adventures
  • Explore the local Craigieburn Trails in Castle Hill Basin
  • Develop 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 skill sessions with your experienced coach and mountain bike guide
  • Enjoy back country huts at their finest with a great group of people and hospitality second to none

Experience some of the South Island’s best mountain biking on Team CPs fully supported four-day Old Ghost Road Mountain Bike Adventure.

We kick things off by heading west to build our skills at 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 Mokihinui River Gorge to Seddonville.

The 19th century trail was once created to connect gold fields between the Buller Gorge and the Mokihinui Valley, although it was never finished as the trail was deemed too rugged!

Our expert coaches and guiding team will drive us from A to B, muster up a homecooked meal and help build our skills to enjoy the trails to the max. We’ll enjoy remote huts with unbeatable views, soaking up these great backcountry experiences.

Come onboard - book the March dates off work, get your training going, we're off looking for adventure!


Today’s adventure starts with a drive up to the outstanding Craigieburn valley. Just outside our doorstep in Christchurch this valley has some great forest single track for us to explore. We'll get 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 we'll drop people back at the start point. Those needing to box their mountain bikes can return to the Adventure South NZ depot. Riding Distance: 17km Approx time: 2-4 hours

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 1 nights motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 2 nights in remote backcountry hut with shared facilities and sleeping bags
  • Experienced qualified mountain bike guides/drivers
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • 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
  • 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

About Your Leader

Matt Sherwood

Team CP Coach Matt Sherwood will lead this trip. Matt has been involved in sports and recreation from a young age and spent many hours out in our beautiful backyard on his bike or feet. Matt has completed the longest day at Coast to Coast and multiple Team CP mountain bike adventures. Matt coaches the Team CP mountain bike sessions and enjoys helping clients build their trail riding skills. Matt is excited to help riders on this Team CP Ghost Rd adventure meet the challenge of the iconic back country MTB trail - and enjoy a great four days of riding. If you're excited about this event but not 100% sure you'll be ready, talk to Matt about a training plan.

Damian Stones

Adventure South Guide, Mountain bike skills instructor and adventurer, Damian has been involved in mountain biking for 20 years and is a brand ambassador for a number of different companies including Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Ground Effect clothing, CLIF Bar and Yakima Bike Racks. Notable missions include the Waiau Toa Odyssey - biking and pack rafting from Lake Rotoiti to Kekerengu; that screened at the NZ Bike Film Festival.

For Adventure South our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, plenty of fun, and lots of great memories to take home with you.


Accommodation


Bike information


Grading

Challenging  
5

The Old Ghost Road Mountain Bike Adventure is graded challenging. You will need a very good level of fitness and technical mountain bike skills both ascending and descending. Although the tour is fully supported there are 3 days of the tour where there is no vehicle access and you must be comfortable riding 6-10 hours per day in all weather conditions. We are not looking for skills in jumping gaps, drops or features but you do need to be comfortable riding single track which will be rocky, sandy, muddy, rooty or a combination.


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Total Priceper person from

$1295NZD

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Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Team CP Ghost Road MTB 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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