Murchison is an historic town in the Tasman region of the South Island. It is near the western end of the “Four Rivers Plain”, at the confluence of the Buller, Matakitaki, Mangles, and Matiri Rivers.The district is steeped in history from the days of the gold miners and early settlers. Lyell, once one of the largest gold mining settlements in the South Island, is nearby offering an interesting example of how quickly the bush can wipe away traces of civilization.
Each summer, Murchison is a mecca for visitors seeking the great outdoors – fishing, rafting, walking, white water kayaking, jet boats, horse treks, mountain biking, gold panning, and line dancing. The local museum has information on local people and events. The Murchison golf course is set alongside the Buller River with nine holes in a lovely setting. Other services include cafes, two pubs, gift shops, information centre, supermarket, general store, antique store, hospital, gas station, and the New Zealand Kayak School. Fishing guides and helicopter services are available too.
Tourists come to Murchison for whitewater thrills including rafting, kayaking, canoeing and jet boating because there are fast running rivers in every direction. Murchison calls itself the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country. Originally a gold rush town, Murchison was almost completely destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1929 – you can find out all about it at the district museum.
The River Song Cottages offers modern, cosy, and self-contained accommodations. It has two spacious cottages and one studio unit, all within a private half acre garden. Each cottage is fully self-contained with its own private deck and full use of the gardens offering fresh fruit and vegetables.
Quiet and peaceful, simply relax amongst the trees and gardens. Listen to birds, enjoy mountain views and the song of the Buller River. Only two minutes walk to local cafés, shops, the Buller River, and all activities Murchison and the local area has to offer. Each unit includes a fully equipped kitchen, shower, electric blankets, heating, TV & video, plus a private deck. Sizes and number of occupants vary with each accommodation but they are all clean and quiet in brilliant surroundings.
River Song Massage operates on site by appointment. Pamper packages are available to enhance your stay.
Don’t be deceived, there’s more to Murchison than river and mountains! A destination for all seasons, Murchison offers activities for everyone.
It is an ideal base for an outdoors holiday. Being located on the banks of the Buller River has made it a paradise for a range of activites. Whether you enjoy just soaking up the surrounding beauty, making the most of the local cafes, or more active pursuits, there’s plenty to see and do in Murchison.
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