Info below from advertisement in The Press this weekend.
Plus invitation and fact sheet from Hurunui info site about St James Cycle Trail.
Official Opening of the St James Cycle Trail - the first full Great Ride
Saturday 20 November, 10.30am at the Maling Pass entrance car park~35km from Hanmer Springs-just before Lake Tennyson.
Bring your bike to be one of the first to cycle part of this new trail.
For details of the Official Opening, length and times for various cycling options and safety information
Wet weather alternative -St James Homestead
The St James CYcle Trail-the first full Great ride to open on Nga Haerenga, The NZ Cycle Trail
The 66km trail starts and finishes at the Maling Pass and St James Homestead entrances which are 25 km apart along Tophouse Road. Tophouse Road is reached from Hanmer Springs over Jacks Pass to the Clarence River and follows the eastern boundary of St James Conservation Area towards Lake Tennyson.
It is recommended to start the trail at the Maling Pass as there is moe downhill this way. The trail takes 1-2 days depending on your level of fitness and you will need to be fit and experienced to undertake the full trail. You can however cycle parts of the trail starting at either St James Homestead, or the Maling Pass entrance car park.