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Backpacking New Zealand's Old Ghost Road - Alumni


6 days


18+ yrs



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Join NOLS on one of New Zealand’s great unknown walks, the Old Ghost Road. This 50-mile hut-to-hut route winds its way through the Kahurangi National Park known for its biodiversity and exceptional birding.

The trip will start in Nelson, New Zealand with an orientation evening and then move to the NOLS Campus nearby the next morning. A half-day drive will take the group to the drop-off and to the first hut of the trip.

Small rustic huts will provide shelter in between hiking days as you explore the fabled trails of the park. Thick beech forests make up the primary terrestrial zones the trail passes through and help provide habitat for a wide variety of orchids nestling at their bases.

Your packs won’t be quite the size of a full expedition pack, but participants should expect to carry a full load as food and other daily living supplies will be the responsibility of the team. 

The trip will end at the NOLS Campus with a celebration dinner and festivities. We hope that you can spend some additional time exploring the island after the trip!

*Rustic hut living means lighter backpacks but the trail is challenging.

Course Dates

1 course

Feb 13 - 18, 2024


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If you have questions about enrollment or including families/guests on a particular alumni trip, then contact:

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