Environmental Care

Ultimate Descents, our feel on nature

Surrounded by nature, Murchison is sited in the southern corner of the Kahurangi National Park, one of New Zealand’s newest national Parks ( opened 1996 ). The Buller river source itself comes from lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. From the rivers beginning in Nelson Lakes, it flows freely all the way to Westport, where the Buller meets the Tasman Sea. On its way the Buller river passes through New Zealand farmland, native bush and beautiful bush clad Upper and Lower Buller Gorges, thus giving us unsurpassed scenery during our river journeys.

With the majority of our trips running on the outskirts or through Kahurangi National Park and The Nelson Lakes National Park, we feel the need to protect and have as little impact on the environment as possible.

As you travel around New Zealand please respect the environment, look after it and enjoy your stay. Here is a 10 step guide to keeping New Zealand a unique country on your visit.

Environmental care code checklist.

Issues we all should be aware of :

Paddlers and River users take note “Didymo” a northern hemisphere fresh water algae has over taken some southern rivers in the South Island of New Zealand. This is an invading organism that has a high chance of spreading in to more rivers if we don’t take greater care. For more information and updated river exposure to this rapidly advancing organism check out the web site below.

Didymo, the official facts and releases here

Fishermen and Paddlers please wash all your gear if you have been in either of these rivers before you enter any other creek or river system.

Information on keeping yourself didymo free, here

We, along with The Living Rivers Collation are opposed to the creation of a canal on the Gowan river. Help protect this unique and the large free flowing river system in New Zealand.