Homestead Run
Image: Bev Bacon | DOC


For young families or riders with insufficient time or experience to attempt the full St James Cycle Trail, the Homestead Run will give you a taste of St James.

Track overview

15 km loop

Walking and tramping

5 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


St James Homestead to Peters-Edwards track junction

Walking time: 2 hr 30 min
Distance: 7 km

From the St James Homestead, head up the valley to Peters Pass where a great picnic spot overlooks Waterfall Stream. Follow the trail until it intersects with the Edwards valley 4WD track. 

Peters-Edwards track junction to Tophouse Road

Walking time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4.2 km

Head east (right) down the 4WD track to connect with Tophouse Road. 

Tophouse Road to St James Homestead

Walking time: 1 hr
Distance: 3.4 km

Getting there

From Hanmer Springs take Clarence Valley Road over Jacks Pass to connect with Tophouse Road (about 13 km from Hanmer Springs). This road follows the eastern boundary of St James Conservation Area.

Know before you go

While access into St James is relatively easy, this remains a remote backcountry area. There is no cell phone coverage. Before your trip ensure you have:

  • Checked the latest forecast
  • Left your intentions with someone
  • A PLB (personal locator beacon) or mountain radio
  • Enough warm clothing to spend the night out if you have to.


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
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Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Address:   State Highway 73
Arthur's Pass
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