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St James Conservation Area

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Absolutely breathtaking scenery that only Mother Nature could have created...it's an absolute... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Paul H
Sydney, Australia
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Spent two nights in this area, 4x4 and on motor bike, was just awesome to say the least, will be... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Absolutely breathtaking scenery that only Mother Nature could have created...it's an absolute breath of fresh air (literally).

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Spent two nights in this area, 4x4 and on motor bike, was just awesome to say the least, will be back.

Thank Jon-Pierre
Reviewed 22 February 2018

We cycled the St James cycleway, about 67km in one day and rate it as one of the best NZ cycle trails. It had amazing scenery, very few people and very rideable trails. We left our car at the homestead and had St James Journeys...More

Thank 173louise
Reviewed 14 December 2017

I would agree with the other mtb reviewers. This is a hard, grunty track and I pushed my bike quite a bit. I had just completed the Heaphy Track and then we did this one - much more effort required. Fantastic that the NZ Labour...More

Thank 78Rachel
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Top trail for mtb enthusiasts. 99%rideable with some great downhills and grunty climbs. 5 hours of solid riding, though recommend you take it slower to appreciate the remoteness. Up there with The Old Ghost Road for me.

Thank infoO8433DS
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Beech forest, Robins hopping within reach and expansive views. Huts were really very good but take your own gas and cooking equipment. Superb!

Thank GsTaihape
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This was a fantastic sub-alpine hike through valleys in the area. We went early January and there was room in all the huts. Well-marked and awesome scenery. Huts were excellent but need to bring own cooker - and sandfly repellent!

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 31 March 2016

We used a local transport provider to pick us up from the St James Homestead and drop us of at the locked gate at the start if the Cycle Trail. The track follows a well used 4WD road over Maling pass and into the Waiau...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Backcountry area, with difficult access, requiring fitness, huge preparation and planning. It is remote and nothing should be left to improvisation.

Thank Serge B
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Hanmer Springs was the perfect base for our group of botanists from Auckland. We drove up to the Clarence Rd each day to botanise at various spots. We climbed to the tops for fabulous views..

Thank bushgirl59
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