Graham Charles says, "A multi-day package of interesting whitewater, great mountain scenery and fantastic camping makes the [Upper] Waiau trip both rare and hard to turn down."
Access to this classic run is usually via 4WD or portage over Maling Pass, or helicopter from Lake Tennyson or the take-out near the confluence with the Hope River. Access was sometimes problematic when the station was in private hands, but in October 2008 the Government purchased St James Station to be public conservation land administered by DOC. Kayakers need to ensure their pre-existing patterns of use are recognised and preserved, or even improved.
DoC is seeking feedback on the St James Conservation Area. This is your chance to be heard regarding access to the classic Upper Waiau.
- St James Conservation Area Discussion Paper (PDF, 949KB)
- Canterbury draft guidelines for aircraft access, (PDF, 7MB)
- Have your say on St James, 29 July 2009, DoC
Submissions due by Monday 14 September.