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7 Day Heaphy & The Ghost MTB Tour
“Kia Ora!” Get ready to tick off two of New Zealand’s epic multi-day bucket list rides, The Heaphy Track & The Old Ghost Road. These trails may be unfamiliar to you, but they are well known to Kiwi Mountain Bike enthusiasts and a rite of passage to be accepted in the mountain bikers’ beer boasting storytellers club. The Heaphy and the Ghost are two of just 10 rides outside of the USA to feature on the International Mountain Bicycling Association's list of IMBA EPICs. The EPICS designation recognizes the most special of rides: those that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration. To be able to experience both of these spectacular trails on the one tour is an opportunity not to be missed.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance101.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance25.5 miles
Both trails are roughly 80 kilometres (49.6 mi) in length and, although they both reside in the rugged West Coast, they offer two very different experiences. The Heaphy Track is a beautifully scenic trail that takes you on a journey through the Heart of the Kahurangi National Park, where you will witness several species of native birds and if you're lucky some of the incredible insects and invertebrates.
The Old Ghost Road is a more challenging mountain biking trail with the equally fantastic landscape but thrown in are some of the most jaw-dropping flowing trails that will keep your cameras and adrenaline surging. A long-forgotten gold miners’ trail has been revived, connecting the old dray road in the Lyell (upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the north. The riding experience is unique for each trail but the Huts all offer comfortable bunks to sleep the ride off, fully equipped kitchens to cook your meals and log burners to keep you toasty on the colder nights.
The climbs are long, gradual but not overly technical on both first days of the Heaphy Track & the Old Ghost Road. Both Climbs are also under cover of the Beech Tree forests offering great protection from the elements during your ascent. It is advised that you have a good level of fitness and can ride comfortably for 40km+ (24.8mi) a day to get the best experience possible.