Ask at the Murchison Information Centre about local walks, such as the Skyline Walk, a 90-minute tramp through fern-filled beech and podocarp forest, and the Johnson Creek Track, a two-hour circuit through pine forest to the 'big slip', formed during the 1929 earthquake. Staff can also hook you up with mountain-bike hire and trout-fishing guides.


Accommodation is good quality but limited to a couple of motels and backpackers, so plan ahead.


Murchison has a few cafes, a couple of grocery stores, and a butchery curing notable bacon.

Drinking & Nightlife

A couple of hotels in town will pour you a beer but in somnolent Murchison you're better off getting an early night ahead of the next day's river rafting and tramping.