A four day bike packing trip over the first four days of 2016, incorporating the Old Ghost Road, Charming Creek Walkway and Denniston Shortcut.
This trip was originally intended to be three days, but heavy rain left rivers flooded so we split the last day into two to let the Orikaka/Mackley River subside. This river crossing is crucial the Denniston Shortcut.
Day 1: Lyell – Ghost Lake Hut (28km)
Day 2: Ghost Lake Hut – Seddonville (58km)
Day 3: Seddonville – Fairdon via Charming Creek (43km)
Day 4: Fairdon – Lyell via Denniston Shortcut (57km)
Read more about the Old Ghost Road. The circuit that we did is described in the Kennett Brothers ‘Classic NZ Cycle Trails’ as the Ghost Road Roundabout (173km, 3-5 days, Grade 4). There’s info about it on the NZ Cycle Trail website too.
Scroll to the end of this post for a map.