The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours



In 1922 a couple of local farmers were hunting deep in the bush when they smelt gas. In a moment of madness they lit a match and whoof – the Natural Flames were alight! They have been burning pretty much ever since with occasional visits from picnicking locals and the odd hunter. When they first arrived in Murchison in 2004, Merve & Shirley Bigden heard about these ‘Flames in the forest’ but thought the locals were having a joke! Upon finding them, although they have lived on four different continents, they realised they had never seen anything quite so magical. Here was something that could help put Murchison ‘on the map.’ There are a couple of places in the world where flames come out of the ground, but a unique set of circumstances occur here to make it the only place we know of where flames are burning on a floor of a forest – without burning the trees down!! In 2012 they secured exclusive access through the farm and started taking small groups up to see something quite different. In 2015 Steve and Elizabeth Riley purchased the Explore Murchison business when Merve, Shirley and Kali moved to Europe.

34 Waller St, Murchison, 7007, New Zealand


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