Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Old Ghost Road - Stern Valley to Seddonville

Greymouth, West Coast

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 54 ?

Gnarl Factor: 35 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.8%


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The day starts with a short run along the river and then the major climb of the day starts through the Boneyard, it's all MTB trail so if you are up to it then you can easily run. Once up to the saddle it is lovely downhill running to the sign for Goat Creek Hut... this is a bit off the trail and involved a stream crossing and wet feet so I didn't go the whole way there. Another 8km of nice trail will get you to Mokihinui Forks Hut, but I hung on for another 3km to Specimen Point Hut to stop for a rest and a nice long leisurely lunch. Then it was time to take tired legs and hit the last 17km of trail along the Mokihinui River to Seddonville. This section is undulating and just near the end when you are really tired there is a 'lovely' little climb to the top of County Hill... so lovely that someone had taped out the 'o' on the sign.

Great views early on from 'The Boneyard', and the saddle and some fantastic river views.

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Near the end there is a trail off to the right to a swing bridge... stay on the road until you see the sign telling you to turn.


Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)


Ice and snow in winter although they limit access in dangerous conditions.

Watch your footing through the Boneyard.

Seddonville Hotel
Main Rd Seddonville
Great burger and chips.... and a beer!!!

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Mark Drew

Mark Drew

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Trail Reviews

How good is this track?! It's just as much fun to run as it is on a mountain bike - we did it over two days in preparation for the OGU, and loved every minute of it. Great varied terrain, very runnable gradients and amazing views.

Katie Smith

January 28, 2020

Amazing place, such an awesome result for the community

Tony Sharpe

February 19, 2019

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