St James Conservation AreaRSS

The stunning St James Conservation Area is a 78,000 hectare reserve with exceptional natural features including glaciated valleys, streams, wetlands, lakes and picturesque tarns.

Originally, one of the largest sheep and cattle stations in the country, it was purchased in 2008 by the New Zealand Government and became part of the public conservation estate.

Nowadays it is a playground rich in recreational opportunities – from hiking, to mountain biking, horse riding, skiing, hunting and fishing.

The St James Walkway offers a number of spectacular tramps of varying lengths and the St James Cycle Trail is an incredible ride. Both offer unforgettable 360-degree panoramic views. The best place to get a full rundown of all this very special area has to offer is the Department of Conservation website

Download the St James Conservation Area brochure.

Local DOC office: Rangiora Office

Phone: +64 3 313 0820
Fax: +64 3 313 0839
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Address: 32 River Road, Rangiora 7400
Postal Address: PO Box 349, Rangiora 7440

4WD Tracks

Subject to weather and environmental conditions, 4WD vehicles are permitted on t…

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Aircraft Access for Heli Hunting and Heli Fishing

Aircraft can land in certain zones within the St James Conservation Area to drop…

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DOC Huts and Camping

Huts Huts in St James range from serviced to basic. Historic huts are maintaine…

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Hanmer Springs Ski Field

Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a club-run facility that operates under a concession …

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Horse Riding

You can take horses through most of St James Conservation Area, with the excepti…

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Hunting

The St James Conservation Area is open for recreational hunting except in the fe…

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River Activities

Fishing Fishing for trout on the Waiau, Henry and Ada Rivers and Lakes Guyon an…

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St James Cycle Trail

The St James Cycle Trail is one of a network of special cycle trails throughout …

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St James Walkway and Lewis Pass Walks

Covering 66 km over 4–5 days, the St James Walkway starts and finishes at Lewi…

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St James Weather Conditions

Your safety is your responsibility St James is an alpine environment, subject…

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