Canterbury region

Cyclist on trail leaving St James Homestead.

Leaving St James Homestead

Canterbury region.

The St James Cycle Trail offers challenging mixed grade riding through stunning scenery of mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, high-country lakes, alpine meadows, subalpine beech forest, and expansive grassy river flats.

The 64 km trail takes 1-2 days to complete depending on your level of fitness. You need to be reasonably fit and experienced to undertake the full trail.

The beginning and end sections of the trail comprise Easy and Intermediate grade riding. The central section comprises difficult and remote Advanced grade riding, with river crossings and bike carrying in places.

View the St James Cycle Trail brochure and maps (PDF, 917K).

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track

Tramping trackTramping track

Mountain biking - EasyEasy

Mountain biking - IntermediateIntermediate

Mountain biking - AdvancedAdvanced

Horse ridingHorse riding


6-9 hours/1-2 days



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