Korimako Lodge – all about our local area

Murchison has a wonderful summertime climate and is surrounded by rugged escarpments and bush clad ranges. Our sparkling streams and rivers, and beautiful forests make the Murchison district an outdoor paradise. There is something here for everyone, for all ages and levels of fitness.

We have everything from trout fishing, forest walks, 4×4 driving trips, kayaking, and mountain biking to hiking, gold panning and rafting, all within a short distance of Korimako. The Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks are nearby.

Surrounded by mountainous forest on three sides and farmland on the other, Korimako is situated on a high ridge with panoramic views of the Matakitaki River valley, and is set on 100 acres. Korimako is also a haven for several species of New Zealand native birds.

Things to see and do

Trout Fishing – we are ideally located in the heart of the magnificent Buller River fishery. Fishing is excellent – a style that involves spotting and stalking large brown trout in crystal clear rivers, described by many as the best of its kind in the world. Read more about our great trout fishing here.

Natural Flames Guided Walk  - Drive through a working deer farm, and take a two hour walk through beautiful forest to visit natural gas flames emerging from the ground surrounded by lush ferns.

4×4 Drives – follow some of the early pioneer trails through spectacular scenery – there may even be some ford crossings!

Birdwatching – see the Korimako (Bellbird), Tui, Kereru, Kaka, Kakariki and Kea around Korimako. The Nelson Lakes National Park Mainland Island Bird Sanctuary is also well worth a visit.

Star Gazing – clear skies most of the year makes Korimako a great place to view stars, planets and satellites. We can provide you with a daily star chart for the Southern Hemisphere.

Walks - lots of interesting and scenic 20 minute to 5 hour walks, some of them around the Lodge. Our dogs, Oscar and Shadow, won’t need much persuasion to come with you unless it’s dinner time! There is nothing poisonous or dangerous in the forests of New Zealand so you can safely enjoy your walk without worrying. We have a selection of maps to help you plan your walk, and books about the birds and bush that you will see.

Trekking – good high country and valley tracks – particularly the Nelson Lakes region, Matakitaki Valley and Matiri Range. Central access to Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks.

Scenic and Whitewater Rafting – superb stretches of river for the first timer as well as the more experienced. The area offers Grade 2 to Grade 4 runs through the magnificent scenery of the Buller Gorge. We recommend Ultimate Descents for your rafting adventure.

Wineries - take a day trip and drive through the scenic Buller Gorge and St Arnaud – gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park, to the Wairau Valley – home of the famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Or visit the wineries of Nelson who are winning lots of awards for their wines.

West Coast – beautiful Tauranga Bay is a famous surfing spot, a fur seal colony (cubs are born November through March) and the highly rated Bay House Cafe for lunch overlooking the bay. Great walks along the beach, and around Cape Foulwind.

Nelson – take a 90 minute drive and explore Nelson’s markets, art & crafts, cafes and shops. Visit the World of Wearable Arts Museum and its amazing collection. Equally interesting is the Classic Car museum next door.

Buller Gorge Swing Bridge - Walk New Zealand’s longest swing bridge over the Buller Gorge, and take some of the short walks around old gold workings and the fault line of the 1929 Murchison Earthquake.

Jet Boating – exhilarating rides through the scenic Buller Gorge with Gold Rush Jet who operate from the Buller Gorge Swing Bridge.

Scenic Helicopter Flights - a wide range of trips over the top of the South Island, including two of the most spectacular locations used in Lord of the Rings.

Gold Panning - an activity as old as Murchison itself which is steeped in gold mining history and so why not take a pan and fossick for gold.

Golf - a lovely 9-hole golf course set alongside the Buller River with views of the mountains. Clubs are available for hire.


Mountain Biking - mountain bikes are available for hire in Murchison, and Korimako Lodge has road bikes available for you to use.

Boating – a water taxi service is available on Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Make your stay in our historic and unspoiled district a stay to remember.