New Waiau Hut: St James Conservation Area
The St James Conservation Area, near the Lewis Pass, covers 78,000 hectares of South Island high country. Once a key route for Maori between the east and west coasts, the area was also one of New Zealand’s largest cattle and sheep stations until purchased by the Government in 2008 to protect its natural and cultural values and open it to the public for recreation and tourism.
The 3000 kilometre Te Araroa Trail, which runs from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, crosses the St James Conservation Area. The Foundation is managing a private donation which has funded a new Department of Conservation hut along the Te Araroa Trail, known as Waiau Hut.