A hidden treasure for those with backcountry skills
Cow Stream Hot Pools are off the St James Cycleway track, and best enjoyed with an experienced tramping group. Park at the St James Homestead, follow the St James Cycle Trail up Peter’s Valley. To reach the pools, you’ll either have to four wheel drive, hike or cycle the 16km from the road end. After 16km you will see Cow Stream on your left. Follow Cow stream for about 1.5km, stay on the walking track on the left side of the steam. Follow all DOC advice and guidance. Your safety is your responsibility. There may be avalanche warnings or slips. This is remote back country with no cell coverage. There is no clear signage, so do research thoroughly, and plan in advance of your trip.