St James Conservation Area
For breath-taking mountains, isolated high country glacial fed rivers and lakes, St James Conservation Area can’t be missed.
It’s home to New Zealand’s largest farm – Molesworth Station and Lake Tennyson. Camp by the lake for free and enjoy fishing, kayaking and stunning walks.
Arguably the best way to explore the 78,000 hectares of mountain ranges, beech forests, open river flats and tussock tops is by horseback. Pukatea Horse Trekking has something for all abilities – a guided tour, freedom trekking or stage-coach ride. Learn the vast history of St James and Molesworth while you ride.
Pukatea Horse Trekking is the first company in New Zealand to offer freedom trekking.
St James is popular with recreational hunters. Deer, pigs and chamois, Canadian geese, hares and rabbits are in abundance. Permits are required, and no spotlighting and hunting in the fenced-off Ada homestead area. It’s also a great spot for trout fishing – you will need a licence.