Minister opens Old Ghost Road cycle trail
Minister opens Old Ghost Road cycle
Conservation Minister Nick Smith today
opened a 26 kilometre section of the Old Ghost Road cycle
trail in Buller.
The project is a partnership between the
Mokihinui – Lyell Backcountry Trust and the Department of
Conservation. It is supported by community and business
The Old Ghost Road is part of the New Zealand
Cycle Trail which showcases the very best of what New
Zealand has to offer – spectacular scenery, unique culture
and first class Kiwi hospitality.
“It is excellent
example of how working together can achieve some pretty
remarkable results,” Dr Smith said.
“The project has
involved many hours of work by volunteers. In conservation
and many other sectors of our society we are fortunate to
have volunteers, and conservation benefits
Work on the Old Ghost Road trail to date
has involved the construction of four new huts; installation
of bridges and some high quality track formation.
the last couple of weeks three new cycleways have opened –
Tasman Great Taste Trail (between Richmond and Mapua);
Homestead Run (near Hanmer Springs) and The Old Ghost Road
which illustrates the Government’s continued commitment to
this exciting initiative.”
A formal recreational
assessment indicates The Old Ghost Road may generate around
$3 million a year for the Buller region.
Already The Old
Ghost Road has been named in the top three cycle trails in
the world by UK-based Essential Travel and New Zealand’s
mountain biking greats the Kennett Brothers believe the
trail has the potential to be to cycling what the Milford
Track is to walking – among the best in the world.
Smith looks forward to the completion of The Old Ghost Road
cycle trail and the outstanding world class experience that
it will provide for locals and visitors to the Buller
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