2013 Murchison Skyline Walkway bush section

Murchison Skyline Walkway

The Murchison Skyline Walkway zigzags through mixed beech and podocarp forest, native ferns and bracken and broom covered slopes on the outskirts of Murchison.

The views from the skyline take in a number of rivers in the area. The largest of these is the Buller River, known as Kawatiri in Māori, which means deep and swift. The skyline also offers views to Kahurangi National Park in the north.


Murchison Skyline Walkway is located 1km west of Murchison, at the junction of State Highway 6 and Matakitaki West Bank Road.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes hours return
Length: 3km return
Created: 19 July 1989
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Murchison Day Walks brochure on the Department of Conservation’s website.