Rural charm, natural beauty and once in a life time experiences are everything you can expect from your stay in Murchison, without the hustle of numerous chain stores, fast food franchises or tourist bus queues.
Murchison is the true definition of an undiscovered outdoor paradise, located in the top half of New Zealand's South Island.
With an unassuming and unpretentious face this small town is home to some truly unique and stunning activities, eateries', outdoor adventures and a large number of amazing accommodation options from back packer & Holiday Park through to 5-star luxury. more
Murchison's township is an ode to its gold mining past with many buildings still in their original form from the late 1800's and early 1900s.
In contrast to this charming old world feel is the ability to zip line across the Buller river, walk the longest swing bridge in the southern hemisphere, blast the rivers by jet boat or hike to some of the most amazing vantage points and experience the rare beauty of the 'Natural flames'.
Families can enjoy a leisurely day rafting the rivers or take the kids gold panning at the Swing bridge. With pristine rivers and one of the most beautiful swimming holes you'll ever find at the Riverside holiday park you can spend a day, weekend or week and fill your days with outdoors activities, or indulge your golfing hobby at the Murchison Golf course and your fly fishing skills won’t be wasted on our beautiful waterways either.
Murchison dubs itself the ‘white-water capital’ of the country, because there are rivers everywhere – the Gowan, Mangles, Matiri, Glenroy, Matakitaki, Maruia and the mighty Buller. For anybody into canoeing, kayaking, or rafting it’s a dream come true. The rivers vary from Class 2 to 4 white-water, so they’re not for the faint hearted. And for the mountain biking enthusiasts there is an excellent trail called the "Old Ghost Road", which goes all the way from Lyall to the West Coast. Originally a gold rush town, Murchison was almost completely destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1929 – you can find out all about it at our district museum.
More than that Murchison is the perfect destination for a wedding, conference or team building weekend. With Conference and event facilities, marquee hire, catering options and event planning available you can wow your guests with this truly rural New Zealand experience.
The secret is out, let Murchison become the most memorable part of your South Island Adventure.
What Do You Want To Do?
Mobile-friendly - Based in Seddonville, we provide a dedicated passenger service for hikers and bikers of The Old Ghost Road and all other Buller trails including the Heaphy Track. Our flexible and friendly service can carry you and your bike to either end of the trail and pick you up when the adventure is over. Vehicle relocations on request.
Steve welcomes you to the Nelson Lakes District and onto a "real" hunting experience in New Zealand. Hunted animals include Chamois, Thar, Red and Sika Deer. Backpack in and spend nights under the stars, or helicopter in and use backcountry huts. Steve doesn't charge trophy fees and the meat is yours to do with as you please.
Mobile-friendly - Beautifully remote yet only 8km from Murchison township, a new park bordering the Buller River. Ideal for fishing or swimming, with 8 walking tracks nearby. Top of the range facilities, FREE showers, and BBQ, TV Lounge, powered/unpowered sites, logfire, underfloor heating. Enjoy the glorious star show in the night sky....No pollution. Top choice for area in Lonely Planet 2012.
Mobile-friendly - Riven Haven Lodge is a luxury fly fishing lodge offering an all inclusive service. Located in the Upper South Island near excellent brown trout fly fishing, our lodge provides you with full breakfast, three course dinner and a garden fresh healthy picnic lunch. Everything is included for one price, focus on your main interest and catch brown trout.
Walk New Zealand's longest swing bridge, crossing the beautiful Buller Gorge. View the 4.5-metre-high Whites Creek Faultine—epicentre of the 1929 Murchison earthquake. Try your hand at gold panning, or if you dare fly back high across the Buller river on the high speed Cometline. En route to the West Coast.
Share a lifetime of fly fishing experience with one of New Zealand's most experienced and renowned fishing guides. Tony would love to guide you on your next visit to New Zealand, joining in your pursuit of some of the classiest wild brown trout in the world on the wonderful rivers in the northern regions of the South Island.
Mobile-friendly - Unique bed and breakfast in a beautiful, self-contained log cottage, described by past guests as rustic luxury. Totally private, completely peaceful, suitable for children over five years. Bush and river walks, guided fly-fishing and deer hunting options. Suitable for bed and breakfast stays, or long-term self-contained holiday stays. 50 acres on the bush edge, near Nelson Lakes and Murchison.
Mobile-friendly - Ultimate Descents New Zealand offers a great range of river trips, catering for all levels of adventure. So if you are a BIG water thrill-seeker, looking for the unique experience of a heli-rafting expedition or would rather take the family on a scenic float trip, we have something for everyone.
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