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Maruia River Lodge care about the impact we have on our environment and the greater ecosystem.

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Maruia River Lodge
State Highway 65, Shenandoah
Murchison, New Zealand

p. +64 3 523 9323  f. +64 3 523 9515

In the Area


Many stunning and fascinating walks are located within 1 hour of the Lodge, perfect for those that like to walk for 2-6 hours at a time. The Rahu Saddle, approximately 1 hour south of the Maruia River Lodge has numerous day walks to choose from. The Klondyke Spur & Mt Haast walks are challenging however, on a clear day you will be rewarded with amazing views of the tops of the Victoria Ranges.  The Department of Conservation Walking/Track notes are recommended for all walks and are available from the Lodge Library. Gourmet Picnic lunches are prepared on request.

Maruia Falls

Just 5 minutes drive away down-river from the Lodge are the spectacular Maruia Falls - formed after a major landslip triggered by the infamous 1929 Murchison Earthquake.  Landslip debris diverted the Maruia River which then facilitated the erosion of a rock platform, forming these stunning falls.


Buller Gorge Swing bridge – New Zealand’s longest swing bridge!

15 minutes drive from the Lodge.  Enjoy the challenge of walking high above the rushing waters of the Buller River.  Cross back on the flying fox Comet Line!  Check out an old Gold Miner's cottage and try your hand at Gold Panning.  



Spectacular vistas and varied activities make Murchison an outdoor paradise for people of all age groups.

The Murchison district is dominated by rugged escarpments and bush clad ranges...beautiful unspoiled lakes, sparkling streams, fast flowing rivers...and between tranquil stretches of water, awe-inspiring rapids and waterfalls!

Featured here are the Murchison Museum which houses fascinating photographs and memorabilia from the Gold Rush days...and H Hodgson & Co Ltd - our general store and postal agency which has been trading in Murchison for over 100 years.


Ultimate Descents – Rivers

Ultimate Descents offer rafting and kayaking trips that will enable people from all walks of life to discover the adventure of whitewater river travel in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Based in an area known to be one of the wettest in the world, this gives them the chance to get out to many areas in the search of that Ultimate Descent. They are out there in the wilderness daily, promoting the appreciation and conservation of the ecosystems which give the Nelson, Buller and West Coast regions their uniqueness.
Ultimate Descents offer half and full day trips, depending on weather and river conditions.