Each summer, Murchison is a mecca for visitors seeking the great outdoors – fishing, rafting, walking, white water kayaking, jet boats, horse treks, mountain biking and gold panning. There is a wide range of accommodation available ranging from backpackers, campgrounds to luxury lodges in spectacular settings.
located in the top half of New Zealand’s South Island Murchison is a small town but holds an undiscovered outdoor paradise for its visitors with its Rural charm, natural beauty and experiences that are once in a life time opportunities that you can only expect from your stay in Murchison with some truly unique and stunning outdoor adventures
The Murchison district is steeped in history from the days of the gold miners and early settlers with many buildings still in their original form from the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Murchison and nearby village of lyall was once one of the largest gold mining settlements in the South Island, Murchison was also the epicentre of the 1929 Murchison earthquake (also known as the Buller earthquake). which you can more detail about it at Murchisons district museum
In contrast to the town’s old world charm feel, families can enjoy a leisurely day rafting the rivers, try your hand gold panning at the Swing Bridge, zip line across the Buller River, walk the longest swing bridge in the southern hemisphere, experience the Buller river by jet boat or hike to some of the most amazing vantage points and experience the rare beauty of the ‘Natural Flames’.
you can spend a day, weekend or week and fill your days with outdoor activities, on the rivers. Or for the land enthusiasts you can play nine holes of golf, short walks and an excellent mountain biking trail called the “Old Ghost Road”, which goes all the way from Lyall to the West Coast and also a number of scenic and historical walks to choose from