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The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours

Address: 15 Grey Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800687244
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Murchison
Type: Walking tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Really? Flames continually burning in a forest for over 90 years - why doesn't it burn down? See...
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Type: Walking tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Really? Flames continually burning in a forest for over 90 years - why doesn't it burn down? See for yourself the extraordinary sight of dancing flames, fed by a natural gas seep, surrounded by lush ferns and ancient beech trees. Have ‘billy tea’ and hotcakes cooked over the flames.Half-day trip includes two hour guided walk, 4wd transport and a visit to a working deer farm in a beautiful valley full of oil prospecting history.

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Essex
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

As part of our stay at Murcheson Lodge, we had booked a half day trip to the natural flames. Merv, our host at the lodge also runs the flames trip, and has a wealth of knowledge about the area. The trip itself combines a 4WD ride to the DOC land, and then an hour walk through the native bush and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Merv, the guide was very knowledgeable about the area, history birdlife and countryside. After about 1hr walk through bush/forest on an unformed track we were arrived at the flames, burning inn the forest for the past 100 years. Merv had carried the supplies and made us tea and pancakes (with local honey)cooked on the flames to set us up for... More 

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Swervyn, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Valerie. It seems that the robin is becoming a permanent feature now with his taste for pancakes! Good luck with your 'nomad-ing'! More 

Bellingham, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Natural Flames is a gas seep in the midst of a valley near Murchison. This tour takes you on a 4WD track through some private land to the start of a track through the native bush (largely beech trees festooned with moss). The track is well maintained, but a bit rough in spots. At the end of the track, there... More 

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mervetheswerve, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Nix. Yes, we think we may be running a 'carbon negative' business if you add everything together! Especially if we can get some recycled 'chip-shop' oil to run the landrover on… More 

Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

During a very relaxing stay at the Murchison Lodge Merve passionately told us about the natural flames. We're very glad to have joined him on a tour to see this phenomenon with our own eyes. The combination of a bit of exercise, the beauty of the forest and flames, the interesting stories and of course some outdoor cuisine was very... More 

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mervetheswerve, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

It just has to be seen to be believed doesn't it?! Thanks for the review - hope the rest of your bicycle trip around NZ went safely. More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Great experience - really enjoyed the trip and the walk through the bush. Shelley was a really good, informative guide. So interesting seeing the flames burning in the middle of the bush and hearing the unexpected history of oil drilling in the area. Five of the seven in the group lived in the Nelson/Tasman area so it is good to... More 

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mervetheswerve, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Yes - it's fun to show people there is always something else to see or do locally. Let's hope the oil price doesn't go up too much too soon! Thanks for the review More 

London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Wow! How do you describe such a unique experience. Treking through the woods to the flames and then suddenly coming upon them was so special. Shirley was authoritative about the plants and trees which we encountered en route and then set to and made scrumptious pancakes on the fire. The best we've ever tasted, especially with the beech tree dew... More 

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mervetheswerve, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

That's the amazing thing about these flames - suddenly coming across them in the middle of the forest. Glad you enjoyed the pancakes! Thanks for the review. More 

Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

トレッキングが目的の旅のなかでマーチソンまで足をのばしたのは偶然のなりゆきでしたが、偶然はずいぶんうれしい驚きをもたらしてくれました。マーチソンの町から20分ほどのドライブでプライベートの農場を越え、1時間ほど森のなかを歩いていくと……突如天然ガスの噴き出し口が! まわりはちゃんと草木が生えていて、その場だけ、地中から炎が出ているという、世界でも珍しい現象を目の当たりにすることができます。案内役のマーヴは、1920年代から燃え続けているその火の上に鉄板を置いてパンケーキを焼いてくれて、しばしのおやつタイム。 トラックは充分に整備されていて、スニーカーでOK。ニュージーランドの森と自然の不思議さを感じられるデイ・ウォークです。ここは、このツアーにのっからないと行けない場所。西海岸からネルソンのあいだをドライブする機会があったらぜひ立ち寄りをおすすめしたい穴場的スポットです。 I just thought I'd like to put the first review in Japanese here:)

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Swervyn, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much Tomoko. It was great to have you on the trip, and lucky for us that you speak such good english. We do try to explain a few things in other languages with our very limited ability - but we are VERY limited! Glad you got back safely and hope to see you next time you are in... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Totally unique is putting it mildly, for anyone who wants something different The Natural Flames experience is it. Our guide Merve was the perfect host, we had a 20 minute ride to the start of the walk, then 1 hour easy to moderate walk,, suitable for all ages through beautiful forest, where if lucky enough you see wild deer, Native... More 

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Swervyn, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks tweety. Kali has become keen to be in front of a lens - we hope she never learns to do a 'selfie'! More 

Sheffield
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is an extraordinary and weird natural phenomenon - and you have it to yourself. Bumping along tracks in the landrover reminded me of heading off on safari and the valley is beautiful and through private land so no one else is around (except deer and emu).The drive and walk to the flames are fab, and our guide Merv, was... More 

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Swervyn, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Jerrysheff. It's always good to be able to recognise what we are walking through. Sharing our (limited) knowledge is one of the joys of doing this trip for us. We are continuously learning; when we get asked something we don't know we try to find out for next time. Glad you enjoyed the trip. More 

Heidelberg, Germany
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Although Murchison is not exactly a tourist spot, it does have a thigh that is definitely worth seeing: the Natural Flames Experience! I nearly couldn't go because tour times had been shifted due to a bad weather forecast, but when it turned out that there would be enough people for a tour in the morning, Merve even phoned my accommodation... More 

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Swervyn, Owner at The Natural Flames Experience- Day Tours, responded to this review

I am so pleased we managed to get you up there Julie especially as you got off the bus especially to do the trip. If we had known beforehand, we would not have moved things around as we did. Thanks for being so patient with the others. The lady you mention was so pleased that we had managed to get... More 

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