Things to Do in Murchison


The Buller and its tributaries offer excellent jetboating, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Options include Ultimate Descent rafting and kayaking, White Water Action Rafting; New Zealand Kayak School, and Buller Experience Jet.



Ultimate Descent

Ph: +64-3-523 9899
Fax: +64-3-523 9811
Free phone: 0800 RIVERS (0800 748377)


New Zealand Kayak School

Phone: 03-352-5786


Buller Experience Jet

Freephone 0800 697 286
Buller Gorge SH6 Westport
New Zealand
Phone +64 3 789-7286
Fax +64 3 789-8104




Whitewater World Cup Kayak Races & Bullerfest
Held annually in February on the Buller River and its tributaries, these events draw hundreds of kayakers and rafters to Murchison.




Ben Jackson 021 876 929
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With over a dozen rivers and streams, the town is a fisherman's paradise. Brown trout averaging 1.6kg.

Fishing at Nelson Lakes



Owen River Lodge
Owen Valley East Road
Murchison, Nelson Lakes
South Island New Zealand
For more information, please call us on 64-3-523 9075
or Fax us on 64-3-5239076



There is gold panning on the Buller River, and at Lyell Creek and Howard Valley. The information centre hires pans and shovels.





Buller Gorge Swing Bridge
New Zealand's longest swing bridge. Take the flying fox across the Buller River, pan for gold or enjoy one of the many walks in the area. Open every day.




Tel: + 64 3 523 9809




Mountain biking
Moutain bike trails in the area include the Matakitaki (16km return) and the Upper Matakitaki (76km return). Bikes can be hired at Murchison Mountain Bike Hire.





A walking track leads up Matiri Valley to Lake Matira in Kahurangi National Park. Shorter tracks include the 20 minute Kahikatea and the 30 minute walk at Kawatiri. There is also the Lyell Walkway in the Buller Gorge and several walkways surrounding the town of Murchison, including the Skyline Walkway with its spectacular views, the Six Mile (taking in New Zealand's oldest hydro power station) and the Johnson Creek walkways.



Kahurangi National Park





Murchison District Museum
Goldmining history along with displays on the Murchison earthquake, which destroyed the settlement in 1929.





Kahurangi National Park
Covering 400,000ha of wilderness, Kahurangi is an ecological treasure with more than 100 bird species, 50% of all New Zealand's plant species and 80% of the country's alpine plants. Operators include Kahurangi Guided Walks, featuring the Heaphy Track, Chaffey Cottage, Aorere Goldfields and Cobb Valley.



Kahurangi Guided Walks

Dodson Road, RD1, Takaka, New Zealand

Phone/Fax: +64 3 525 7177


altNelson Lakes National Park
Centred around Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa, this park offers watersports, lakeside walks and mountain-hiking routes. There is skiing during the winter at Rainbow Skifield, which overlooks Lake Rotoiti.




Nelson Lakes National Park



altMaruia Falls
A 9m waterfall 22km southwest of Murchison. The falls were created by the 1929 earthquake.


Maruia Falls

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