Murchison Day Walks
- Walks & Hikes
The historic gold-rush town of Murchison retains its old school charm, and this is evident in the series of short day walks available in the area.
The Kawatiri Historic Railway track is a 20-minute return loop, following a short section of the former railway line that once connected Nelson with Murchison. Crossing an old rail bridge and exploring an eerie trail tunnel are highlights of this short walk.
Nearby, the Six Mile Walk also provides insight into the depth of history that prevails in this little township. Traversing the path of the old hydro scheme from the 1900’s, the track ventures uphill beside the old penstock to the intake and water storage reservoir. A viewing platform at the top near the old weir offers panoramic views over the tablelands, whilst waterfalls and rapids below the weir adorn the granite gorge.
But it’s not just historic walks that dissect the Murchison township, because a number of scenic options are also on offer. For example, the gushing Maruia Falls is a short 10-minute stroll from the side of the Shenandoah Highway, whilst the Skyline Walk zig-zags through mixed beech and podocarp forest to a viewpoint offering spectacular vistas over the Matakitaki, Matiri and Buller rivers.
Photo credit: Andrew Wet Kiwi.