The first of the Great Rides to open in November 2010, the St James Cycle Trail passes through the iconic St James Station, near the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs.
Established in 1862, the St James was one of the largest operating cattle and sheep stations in New Zealand, before being purchased by the New Zealand Government in 2008 to form the St James Conservation Area.
The 64km trail offers mixed grade riding through stunning and diverse scenery including soaring mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, high-country lakes, alpine meadows, sub-alpine beech forest and expansive grassy river flats.
In spring the alpine meadows are in full bloom, while from summer through to mid-autumn riders can experience rich contrasting colours on long evenings - with always the chance to see the famous St James wild horses.
The St James Cycle Trail is an enthralling and challenging journey through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and historic high-country – a true mountain biking experience to be proud of, and one you will never forget!
360 degree panorama views
View a series of 360 degree panorama images as you move around the St James Cycle Trail - from the Maling Pass Entrance through to the St James Homestead.