Hikers can enjoy the natural splendors of Mount Owen and Lake Matiri, and spend days of exploration in the excellent Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks. Visitors can see many species of native wildlife, as well as trying numerous outdoor activities. The summers offer terrific horse riding and cycling in picture-perfect areas, as well as brilliant fishing. The rivers and lakes are also great for sailing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and jet-skiing, and Murchison is part of the country's best white-water rafting spot. There are various grades of rafting on offer, so whether you’re looking for a milder ride or a truly hair-raising experience, you’re sure to find it. A helicopter flight over the area allows you to fully appreciate the stunning natural beauty.
With a gold mining legacy, visitors can try their hand at searching for some of the precious metal by gold panning. Take a trip to Lyell to see how this former gold mining settlement has now been devoured by the mighty bush. Be amazed at the Natural Flames Experience, where you can see a forest fire that has been burning for nearly 100 years! Murchison's museum provides lots of information about the area, its culture and its people with a number of exhibits and displays. Chill out in one of the local pubs as evening falls and chat with locals. There are several great cafes for a quick bite to eat, as well as a good basic selection of shops.
Enjoy nature, relaxation, local history, and an exciting selection of outdoor activities with a trip to Murchison. Book your flight to Wellington or your flight to Christchurch, both of which are within easy reach of the town, and prepare to let the good times roll!
Hotels in Murchison start at AU$39 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.