Mokihinui–Lyell Backcountry Trust – The Old Ghost Road Project has been named the supreme winner of the 2016 West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards at last night’s gala event at the West Coast Events Centre (Shantytown Heritage Park).

The tourism experience has been operating since December and has provided a uniquely West Coast experience for hundreds of visitors to the region.

As a tourism provider, the Old Ghost Road delivers a combination of heritage, wilderness and accessibility to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes. It was the work that went into enabling that opportunity secured the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust top prize at last night’s prestigious awards.

Chief judge Stephen Caunter says in choosing the Super Nova Award recipient he was looking for an entry that was concise, to the point and a good fit for the competition guidelines. "Ultimately The Old Ghost Road Project stood out from the crowd and ticked all the boxes for me," he said.

Development West Coast chief executive Chris Mackenzie says the calibre of all entrants was high – but that was to be expected. ‘We live in a progressive and unique region, our local business and industry has always had to been innovative and flexible. I am proud of the input my team at DWC has to support the growth and successes of our West Coast business community, and I would like to congratulate all of those who have been part of this prestigious event for their efforts."

The full list of winners is:

NZME Newstalk ZB Small Enterprise

     Mark Jones Collision Repairs

Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise

     Cuffs Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise

     WestReef Services Ltd

Westland Milk Products Not for Profit

     Mokihinui–Lyell Backcountry Trust – The Old Ghost Road Project

Christchurch Airport Tourism & Hospitality

     Underworld Adventures Ltd

ACC Workplace Safety Award

     Robert Caldana Builders Ltd

     Design Windows West Coast Ltd

Department of Conservation Environment Award

     Landcorp Buller

Development West Coast Rising Star Award

     Coleraine Motel

Greymouth Star Super Nova Award

     Mokihinui–Lyell Backcountry Trust – The Old Ghost Road Project