Local Attractions

Murchison is a small township (pop. 502) that still retains its 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 stopover. It is world renowned for the activities its 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 exciting day trips locally on the Buller River, 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. Discounts are available for guests of the Murchison Lodge - ask us for details.

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 upon request.

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, just 15min by car from the Murchison Lodge.

More info at www.bullercanyonjet.co.nz



Walking, Cycling and Golfing

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

There are some good biking routes here, ask us for details.

Murchison also offers a 9 hole golf course, where you can practice your handicap.



The Lodge

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





Day trips out of Murchison

Murchison's central location at 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/Motueka - 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 (a variety of locally produced white wines, plus excellent Pinot Noirs).

When it finally is time to leave Murchison, we will be happy to help you out with ideas and plans for your onward trip.

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