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.
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Mobile-friendly - ORIGINAL SHUTTLE AND RELOCATION PROVIDERS FOR THE OGR. Recognised SPECIALISTS in VEHICLE RELOCATION, from $160-$170 incl. Lock boxes at both ends, free secure fenced parking in Seddonville for ultimate peace of mind. SHUTTLES run on demand to suit you. For any size group our competitive pricing structure will not be beaten. Check our website for prices and customer reviews.
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.
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.
Trampers transport to all tracks in the northern part of the South Island, including Kahurangi Park, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman. For all numbers of persons we can pick up by 4WD from accommodation or airport anytime of day to one or both ends of tracks including: Heaphy, Tablelands, Wangapeka, the Cobb Valley, and the Leslie Karamea.
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 the opportunity to explore the wild and scenic rivers in our region. We have an extensive range of river trips from 1/2 Day tours, thru to multi-day heli-rafting expeditions. Family owned and operated, we are whitewater rafting specialists.
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Annual Christmas Gala
Come along for a fun filled afternoon of Christmas cheer! Stalls, Bouncy Castles, Raffles and of course, our friend Santa Claus will be making a very special appearance. We have space available for anyone who would ...
Where: Murchison Sport, Recreation & Cultural Centre, Murchison, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Hampden St, Murchison, Nelson / Tasman
From: 11:00am on Saturday 23rd December 2023
To: 1:00pm on Saturday 23rd December 2023