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A must do for any keen Mountain Biker - Set 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.
One of New Zealand’s nine great walks, the Heaphy Track, finishes (or starts, depending on which way you’re heading) at Karamea. The 82-kilometre, two-day MTB or four-day tramp attracts visitors from all over the world every year.
New Zealand Mountain Bikers and Trampers are getting a brand new Great Walk, the first to be built in 30 years.
Opening on 1st December 2019 the track connects the West Coast towns of Blackball and Punakaiki. The scenery will be stunning (as to be expected on the Westcoast of New Zealand) plus throw in the abundant birdlife, hospitable locals and diverse terrain, it's going to be a 'bucket list' run, ride or tramp! mountain and sea views.
Gorgeous coastal views, the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and native bush – the Queen Charlotte Track is utterly unique. Combining the best of New Zealand walking and biking with a seamless network of cruise and pack transfers, resorts and lodges and great food and wine, whether you’re here for one day or five, the Queen Charlotte Track is brilliant every day.
This is an epoch mission for sure and was the brainchild of local Christchurch businessman Phil Johnson. The challenge is to ride up the access road of ever ski field in New Zealand. There are 24 ski fields in New Zealand... average climb of about 1,200 metres so that is just under 29,000 metres of climbing.
North Island – 5 Ski Fields: Tukino, Turoa, Happy Valley, Whakapapa, Manganui
South Island – 19 Ski Fields: Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Mount Cheeseman, Mount Olympus, Fox Peak, Hanmer Springs Ski Area, Mount Dobson, Mount Hutt, Mount Lyford, Mount Potts, Ohau, Porters Ski Area, Roundhill, Temple Basin, Rainbow, Awakino, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Farm, Treble Cone.
I think Phil then also targets getting to the summit of these fields as well... Brilliant.