37.2 miles
5,458 ft
-6,242 ft
4,333 ft
High Point


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    Both Directions
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This trail offers challenging, mixed riding through stunning scenery of mountain peaks, crystal clear waters, high country lakes, alpine meadows, subalpine beech forest, and expansive grassy flats.

In spring the alpine meadows are in full bloom while summers offers long evenings and the chance to see the famous St James wild horses.

Riding options:

- The best time to ride is from November to April.
- Start at the Maling Pass entrance and finish at St James Homestead - travelling in this direction provides more downhill riding and the prevailing wind is more favourable.
- For young families or riders with insufficient time or experience to attempt the full trail, the Peters Loop will give you a taste.

Access Info

The nearest airport to Hanmer Springs is a 90 minute drive away in Christchurch. You can drive or catch a bus from Christchurch - if driving, take SH1, SH7 and SH7A to get to Hanmer Springs.

From Hanmer Springs take Clarence Valley Road over Jacks Pass to connect with Tophouse Road (13 km from Hanmer Springs).

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More Stats for St James Cycle Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -784 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,967 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,472 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,688 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    14.9 miles
  • Distance down
    16.7 miles
  • Distance flat
    5.7 miles
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on Dec 14, 2016
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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St James Cycle Trail Trail Reports

Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:55pm
Dec 14, 2016
reporter Largely dry, despite recent rain. Easy to navigate thanks to the DoC signage throughout. Huts all in good condition and the views are spectacular.
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