Up the Buller River from Westport, past Hawks Crag, past Inungahua Junction (and its Earthquake Museum), the Buller River runs past the small town of Murchison. It is small as towns go, but the biggest town for a long way round. It’s sort of in the middle of things. On the way from Westport. On the way to Nelson (north) or Blenheim (north east). People stop there for ice-creams and river things like rafting and kayaking.
The Motorhome Association (NZMCA) has a great parking place there, almost in the middle of town. Not far from the grocery store, the hotel/cafe, and a real butchers shop. What’s not to like? We stopped off there for a couple of days of sun and rain and even snow on the hills. Wyn did a great job finding out where the walks are. There is a lovely track up to a ridge looking over the town and the valley. Getting there from town is not the best – there is not any sort of pedestrian space over the bridge on the main road. You walk single file and try to look big and obvious. Finally, and safely, we reached the start of the Skyline Walkway.
That day was one of those sun/rain/sun sort of days. The next day was more like sun and cloud, and we repeated the walk for the exercise and the wonderful views.
Just along at the end of the road from the motorhome park is the Buller River and a lovely little church.
Gallery of photos – Autumn Adventures – 2014
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