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Fowlers Pass - St James, Canterbury

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Fowlers Pass - St JamesIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Sarah Mannion

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Hanmer Springs

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Intermediate - Experienced

10:00 (Slow)
7:00 (Moderate)
5:00 (Fast)



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This is a lovely run with a couple of hills to work the legs. The road provides a nice warm up, especially on colder autumn/winter mornings. It is a well marked route with other tracks going off so you can easily make the run longer if wanted. There are some smaller river crossings but the bigger ones have swing bridges. The rivers are ok to drink out of.

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Features of interest

There are 3 small huts along the way - Fowlers hut, Stanleyvale hut and Scotties hut. Hot pools are a small detour up Cow Stream.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 20%

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  • Access

    This starts at the St James homestead - historic farm buildings dating back to the 1880s. It is approx 30 minutes on mainly gravel road from Hanmer Springs.

    There is lots of parking available at the homestead. No public transport is available.

    21 km

    47 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There are other tracks along the way but it is generally well marked with DOC signs. A topo map can be helpful if you don't know the area at all.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Plenty available from the streams and rivers.

    Water is still available from the main rivers during summer. There is likely to be snow and frosts about during the winter.

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