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Upper South Island loop road trip, Kaikoura, Malborough returning to Nelson

Swing Bridge & Maruia Falls

New Zealand’s longest swingbridge at 110 metres (360 ft) in length spans the Buller River 14 kilometres west of Murchison New Zealand’s longest swingbridge at 110 metres (360 ft) in length spans the Buller River 14 kilometres west of Murchison

As you depart from Murchison you will notice signs for Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park. It’s the home of New Zealand’s longest swing bridge.  Crossing the white water magic of the Buller River on a swing bridge leads to a park where you can pan for gold, learn about the gold mining heritage of the area and do a giant zipline across the surging Buller river.

The bridge is 110m in length and 19m above the Buller River. There is an admission fee to cross the bridge. For views of the Buller swing bridge turn onto New Creek Road and park.

Maruia Falls @Stuff

MARUIA FALLS

Maruia Falls are a short distance from the swing bridge. An easy 10 minute walk from the carpark. (SH65). The waterfalls are the result of the 1929 Murchison earthquake which forced the Maruia Rivercut a new channel over an old river bank. The 10 metre falls are easily accessible from SH65 and are only a short 5-minute walk from the roadside car park.

The roar of water hitting the deep pools is background to the wide sweep of waterfalls easily visible from the track. This torrent of water is joining up with the Buller River increasing its volume to create the natural spectacle of the Buller gorge.

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Grade: Very easy

VISIT DURATION: ½ – 1 hour

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