Located in the Nelson/Tasman region
IntroductionThe multitude of rivers in the area makes Murchison a white water playground and an angler's paradise. DOC also has a number of short and day walks in the area.
With a population of approximately 750 people, Murchison has a museum, information centre, petrol station, and a wide variety of accommodation, several shops, hotels and cafés.
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Along the Kahikatea Walk many forest-dwelling birds can be observed and heard, including bellbirds, tui, kereru, robins, fantails, silvereyes and kingfishers.
On Johnsons Creek Track robins, tui, tomtits, grey warblers and bellbirds are commonly heard and seen, with kaka, kakariki, shining cuckoo and long-tailed cuckoo heard at times.
There are many rivers that makes this area good for anglers.
There are many rivers in the area which you can raft on.
Murchison is centrally located in the upper South Island on SH6.
It's 2 hours south of Nelson, 2 hours 30 minutes west of Blenheim, 1 hour 30 minutes east of Westport and 4 hours northwest of Christchurch.
A number of companies offer bus services to Murchison from Nelson, Blenheim, the West Coast and Christchurch.
- The purity of drinking water cannot be taken for granted. We recommend you boil, filter or treat your water. Avoid taking water from areas surrounded by farmland or where waterfowl are present in large numbers.
- Wasps can be a nuisance, particularly from December until April. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.
- 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.
The area is steeped in history from the days of the gold miners and early settlers.
In 1846 the well-known early New Zealand explorers Heaphy, Brunner and Fox—with their Māori guide, Kehu—were the first Europeans to see the area where Murchison now stands.
After gold was struck in the Upper Buller in the 1860s the Nelson Provincial Government lost no time in planning for a future settlement.
Murchison was taken from the name given by renowned geologist Julius von Haast to a nearby mountain in honour of a famous Scottish geologist.
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