St James Station is a former high country sheep and cattle station covering an area of 78,196 hectares (193,230 acres).
St James has an almost untouched landscape, dominated by exceptional natural features such as glaciated valleys, glacial moraine deposits, streams, wetlands, lakes, and high altitude tarns. It is located on three mountain ranges, and contains the headwaters of two major Canterbury Rivers, the Waiau and the Clarence.
The station also had a rich history to protect, including Maori access routes across the top of the South Island that ran through the station, and early European heritage sites.
But what makes St James even more special, is its history with producing the renowned Clydesdale cross horses.
Semi-wild, these powerfully built hunter types have become a symbol of the rugged high country that St James offers. Such horses found favour among New Zealand stockmen and women and today horse owners still long after an example of these traditional hacks.
The Alpine Corral retraces many of the former stock routes and is truly an epic journey through some of New Zealand's premier high country terrain.