Base Location

Base Location

Ultimate Descents Base

38 Waller Street Street
New Zealand


Murchison view from the Skyline ridge walkJust 1 and 1/2 hours South of Nelson on State Highway 6 you will find the tranquil town of Murchison.  The gateway to the West Coast from the North.  The Buller River runs from its source at St Arnaud to the sea at Westport on the West Coast. (176 km’s long) With four major rivers joining the Buller within 15kms, North, South, East, and West of Murchison, we are surrounded by water. With the West Coast’s annual rainfall second only to Hawaii’s Kowhai Island, this gives us runnable white water all year round. Once you reach Murchison, stay on the main highway through town and look for the Mobil station, we are on the other side of the street in a blue cottage. There are plenty of signs, you can’t miss us!

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The most popular place for kayaking is where the majority of good rivers are located, the Buller and West Coast regions of the South Island. The town of Murchison is considered as the white water capital of New Zealand, and for good reasons. It has our largest range of accessible paddling, from steep creeks, to big volume rivers and runs suitable for beginners and experts alike.  Reliable river flows ensure good paddling year round and its proximity to the Southern Alps makes Murchison the ideal place to practice before launching yourself into the challenges that West Coast Heli-Kayaking has to offer.