Local Attractions

Murchison is a small township (pop. 502) that still retains it’s Kiwi charm. It’s history is based on gold and farming – interrupted by a massive earthquake in 1929. Visit the local museum for all the stories.

Increasingly, visitors are finding Murchison has much more to offer than being just a convenient stop over. It is world renowned for the activities it’s rivers and the surrounding area provides.

We can recommend all the following activities: –


‘The Natural Flames Experience’

This half-day trip takes you to an extraordinary spot in a local forest, where natural gas seeps from the ground feeding constantly burning flames. Yes – in a forest! The flames are licking the base of beech trees and are surrounded by mosses and ferns – it’s a magical spot!

To get there, a 4wd takes you from Murchison, up a local valley passing remains of old oil wells, and across a working deer farm, before a beautiful hour long walk through lovely bush. Once there, pancakes and billy tea are made over the flames before returning.

Details at www.naturalflames.co.nz or ring 0800 MURCHISON to book


White-water rafting

Try Ultimate Descents for good day trips locally as well as multi-day trips on the Karamea.

Details at www.rivers.co.nz



The Kayaking is great! We have 14 runs within an hours drive of the Lodge between class 2 and 4. The NZ kayak school offers instruction, gear hire and guiding services.

details at www.nzkayakschool.com


Fly Fishing

The area is famous for its brown trout fly-fishing – and its challenges! We can help arrange a fishing guide if you like.

More info at www.nzfishing.com



NZ's Longest Swing Bridge

The Buller Gorge is the home of NZ’s longest swing bridge. Pan for gold then return across the river on a comet line!!

More info at www.BullerGorge.co.nz




Jet Boating

Experience the great Buller Jet boat renowned for being one of the best in NZ. Departs from the swing bridge…

More info at www.bullercanyonjet.co.nz



Walking and Cycling

The area offers many local walking tracks – from 10 minute strolls to multi- day tramps.

There are some good biking routes here.




Or just spend the day here – go for a swim in the river or spend time on the veranda relaxing with a good book – the choice is yours.





Day trips out of Murchison

Murchison's central location in the top of the South Island means there are many places that can be visited within about 1.5 hours from here. For example:

⇒ Nelson/Motuere - Wine tasting, markets, museums, arts & crafts

⇒ Nelson Lakes National Park - boat trips, many walking options

⇒ Maruia Springs - waterfalls, walks and thermal hot springs.

⇒ Pancake Rocks via Buller gorge & seal colony. (Spectacular drive voted in top 10 in world by Lonely Planet AND Rough Guide readers.)

⇒ Abel Tasman National Park - kayaking, walking, beaches.

⇒ Marlborough - Winetasting (again!)

But then when it finally comes time to leave Murchison, we will be happy to help you out with ideas and plans for your onward trip if you need it.

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