The Natural Flames Experience

The Natural Flames Experience


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5 Murchison

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Flames continually burning surrounded by ferns in the bush? It’s true! A walk with a ‘different’ ending. Plus - see a deer farm and oil wells!

In the 1920‘s, oil prospectors smelt natural gas seeping out of the ground and put a match to it; the subsequent flames have been burning in the bush ever since!

Accessed across private land - we have recently gained permission to offer guided tours for small groups. Join us to explore this mysterious HOT spot!

Drive up a beautiful valley, passing capped oil wells and discover the history of the area before crossing a working deer farm.

Walk through rich, pristine beech bush, before arriving at the spot where natural gas is seeping out of a dry stream bed surrounded by mosses and ferns - a 'Visual Contradiction'!

Drink 'billy tea' and eat pancakes cooked over these extraordinary flames with local honey.

The tour lasts four hours; the bush walk takes about an hour each way.


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The Natural Flames Experience

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South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


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Matthew Pike's avatar

Matthew Pike

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk in a wild forest, great guide with fascinating knowledge of the area and a unique spectacle as the icing on the cake. The flames are bizarre given their surroundings and they make a great barbecue for the pancakes! Great for anyone wanting to explore New Zealand's native bush and to see something really special on the way

Reviewed over 9 years ago