Murchison's fifteen rated river rapids attract white-water enthusiasts, and the quieter waterways please anglers.  Hikers and climbers have a number of mountain ranges to choose from..

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 Murchison, Nelson Tasman  Torpe via Flickr

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From funky backpackers to luxury lodges and everything in between, Murchison offers an array of affordable, exceptional - accommodation. 

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 Kayaking, canoeing on water  © Davichi via Flickr



Browse through the diverse range of activities on offer in this beautiful area. There are many to choose from, find your favourite!  

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What to do in Murchison

  • Kayak or raft the thrilling Buller River
  • Explore a historic gold trail - or try your luck gold panning!
  • Enjoy one of the scenic day walks near Murchison
  • Fish in the local rivers - an angler's paradise
  • Learn about the devastating 1929 Murchison Earthquake at Murchison Museum

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How do you get to Murchison?

  • Travel by Plane
    • There are no air services to Murchison, but Nelson Airport, 90 minutes’ drive away, offers regular domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Paraparaumu.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Murchison.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many national bus services pass through Murchison on the way between Christchurch and Nelson.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Rental vehicles can be picked up from nearby Nelson Airport.