Stanley Vale Hut
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This marked route links Charlies Saddle to Stanley Vale Hut in the St James Conservation Area.

Track overview

16.5 km

Walking and tramping

6 hr Expert: Route

Mountain biking

Expert: Grade 5

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


This marked route links Charlies Saddle in the Edwards Valley to Stanley Vale Hut. It also links to the Fowlers Pass Track and the St James Cycle Trail.

The route follows the Stanley River and passes through an interesting geological area known as the Racecourse. There are several river crossings which can make travel difficult in times of high rainfall and during spring snowmelt.

Stanley Vale Hut.

Stanley Vale Hut

Category: Basic/bivvies
Facilities: 6 bunk beds
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

The eastern side of St James Conservation Area can be accessed from a number of points along Tophouse Road.

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.


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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