Historic Kawatiri Railway Reserve

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


This easy walk follows a short section of the former railway line that ran from Nelson towards Murchison.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

20 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Information panels at Historic Kawatiri Railway site.
Information panels at the Historic Kawatiri Railway site
PHOTO: Shellie Evans © 

The walk starts from a carpark with information panels detailing the rich history of the area. After 200 metres the track crosses an old rail bridge before passing through a train tunnel built in 1923. A torch is helpful but not essential.

The track returns via beech forest above the Hope River closing the loop at the entrance to the tunnel.

Getting there

Located at Kawatiri Junction at the intersection of SH6 and SH63, 35 km northeast of Murchison.

Know before you go


The presence of biting sandflies can detract from your experience in Murchison, especially during the summer months. The problem can be easily remedied by coating exposed skin with a good quality insect repellent.


Wasps can be a nuisance, particularly from December until April. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
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