Get The Old Ghost Road Across the Finish Line
- $102,824.44 donated
- 427 generous donors
The Old Ghost Road will become NZ's longest continuous single track when complete. We need your help to 'Raise the Ghost'!
Some things matter. We, the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust, believe The Old Ghost Road matters. With over 77km of trail formed through the wilds of the South Island's northern West Coast, we are tantalisingly close to completing and joining the two 'open ends' of the trail - in doing so, creating New Zealand's longest continuous single track for mountainbikers, trampers, trail runners and other recreationalists.
All that stands in our way is securing funding to complete the last few km's of the trail. $182,212 will see us clear and enable us to complete the project this year. Not securing this funding within the next 2 months will force us to 'stand down' and face the uncertain reality of our future. Not a place we want to go.....
So much has gone into this project - 7 years and 24,500 hours of volunteer time for a start - let alone the sweat and toil of our hardy team of trail builders and the amazing support of our existing project partners.
The community of Old Ghost Road supporters and users is wide-reaching and incredibly enthusiastic. If every one of our Facebook friends and project subscribers donated $100, we'd well and truly reach our goal. We know that some of you will be outrageously generous (and have been already), while others simply can't dig that deep. That doesn't matter - we are grateful for your support no matter what the sum.
In the spirit of giving, we thought we'd add a fun incentive for all: Everybody who donates more than $1000 will be entered into a draw for 1 hour of helicharter time for 4 people over The Old Ghost Road (provided by Karamea Helicharter), accommodation for 4 for two nights provided by Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge and shuttle transfers to and from Westport (provided by Hike n Bike Shuttles). This prize package is valued at more than $3,300. AND ALL donors will be entered into a draw for accommodation for four for two nights at the Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge. You are therefore entered into at least one draw, if not both.
Volunteers and goodwill have been the backbone of this project and have brought us further than we ever imagined possible. We now need to ask our supporters once again to rise to the fore and get us over the line. Please give generously and spread the word. By doing so, you will help us keep the dream alive by 'raising the ghost'.
Sincerest thanks, The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust
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The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust (MLBT) was established to create and operate The Old Ghost Road. Our aim is to assist in diversifying the region’s offering to visitors, celebrate its natural heritage, create economic opportunity, and ultimately reposition the West Coast as one of New Zealand’s must-visit regions for backcountry adventuring. Not only are we creating a recreational asset of significance, we are giving threatened wildlife throughout the area a helping hand via on-the-ground predator control efforts.
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