Beautiful morning outside Murchison



The 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.

Find things to do and places to stay Murchison area

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.


Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 521 1806
Address View Road
St Arnaud 7072
Hours See visitor centre hours
Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Hours See visitor centre hours
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