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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.
The Natural Flames Experience
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Murchison
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