Although Murchison is not exactly a tourist spot, it does have a thigh that is definitely worth seeing: the Natural Flames Experience! I nearly couldn't go because tour times had been shifted due to a bad weather forecast, but when it turned out that there would be enough people for a tour in the morning, Merve even phoned my accommodation and asked if I still wanted to go. Thank you for taking the time to find me and giving me a call!
The Natural Flames Experienc is exactly what it says on the tin (meaning you get to see flames burning in the middle of native new Zealand bush), but it offers much more. Merve, the owner of the Murchison Lodge and the guide on this tour, and his very friendly and well-behaved dog Kali, picked me up with their Land Rover. After an interesting (and sometimes bumpy) ride through a deer farm with stops at interesting places, we walks through the bush for about an hour.
The walking track is not always easy, and you will need sturdy shoes. Walking sticks are provided, and on occasion come in quite handy along the way. Our group had a lady who struggled a bit with the more difficult parts, but our guide would always help her along, offer her a hand and suggest the best routes for her to take. I would judge that this track requires no exceptional level of fitness, but a bit of surefootedness would be of advantage.
During the ride and the walk, we would stop at interesting sites, and Merve would tell us abut the oil-drilling history, the history of the farm, natural phenomena caused by the oil found in this region, the effects of a huge earthquake in 1929. During the walk, he pointed out examples of native trees and plants and told us many informative and interesting things about them. The walk itself was already very pleasant, and the forest was very beautiful.
The main attraction, however, were of course the flames. There is a bit of dry ground that is literally on fire! The sight has to be seen to be believed. After admiring the flames and learning a bit more about the history behind them, Merve made us tea, coffee and delicious pancakes with local honey.
Altogether, I would say this was a beautiful walk and a stunning sight served with some very interesting bits of information and yummy pancakes. The trip was very enjoyable and definitely worthwhile!
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