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Buller Gorge Swingbridge Ltd
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Owner description: Walk NZ’s longest swingbridge before taking part in a range of activities from high speed flying-fox rides and jet boating to more leisurely strolls along the Faultline loop walk to view some of the site’s fascinating geological and historical features. The loop walk, for instance, encompasses the famous White’s Creek Faultine, - epicentre of the 1929 Murchison earthquake, where the ground rose 4.5m (15ft), historical goldworkings and the chance to look for gold on the river banks.The flying fox is suitable for all ages whilst the jetboating is one of the best runs in NZ.
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We only stopped here briefly on the drive to the west coast, so the $5 charge for the bridge and loop walk was reasonable. Considering my fear of heights, it was quite pleasant, not too swingy! Some interesting birdlife spotted, too.

Thank Bronlin
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We were a little surprised to find you had to pay the fee before even seeing the swing bridge! On recommendation of some customers leaving as we arrived my son and I also booked the zipline for the return trip.
All the staff were lovely. The short loop walk was all we had time for and the worn info boards were difficult to read which was disappointing. Was impressive to see proof of how high the river comes when in flood!
The return zipline is fun but not that fast even in tandem and would be perfect even for a reluctant adventurer. I liked the soft landing, great design there! - but the walk over the river on the bridge is much more thrilling I think and definitely a better thrill to dollar ratio than the zipline. Was a little annoying too that the $30 for the zipline was in addition to the $5 entry. Surely "free entry with any additional ride purchased" would be a good way to promote the other attractions?

Thank Hoae
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We arrived on Saturday morning, 11am, having overnighted in Murchison. Quiet time, springtime NZ. The weekend staff lady was very helpful and gave us advice on where to go and what to do.
We wanted to do the Jetboat, but she said it wasn't operating yet as it was too early in the season. Quite understandable as demand would be so low.
Still, we were as happy to enjoy the prospect of walking across what claims to be to be the longest swingbridge in NZ and to enjoy some of the long walks in subtropical forest on the far side of the bridge.
For nz$5 each, this is the best value around. You can also return over the river on a zip line for an additional fee but we declined this option in favour of savouring a second crossing of the river using this lovely bridge as a viewing platform.

Off we headed, wearing hiking boots and accompanied by our trusty walking poles. There had been rain overnight and some of the paths were quite wet so we were really glad to have the poles given that there were a few ascents and descents which would otherwise have presented a bit of a challenge. We would strongly advise visitors who have poles to bring then on this excursion. I'd go further, and recommend that the management should have poles available for hire - we found them pretty much essential on the day of our visit, whatever about their necessity in better underfoot conditions.

Great reading the story of the earthquake, the gold mining, the new waterfall, and all the informative notices interpreting the local wildlife, flora and fauna. All those black-mossed trees, the fern-palms, the tall beeches ..there was so much to see. A good amount of the historical information was set out on placards at various points on the route and our only small complaint was that these information boards are very well worn & weathered and at times were either hard to read or looked shabby. We would suggest that these should be replaced as they slightly let down the overall splendid quality of this facility.
There's a marker pole showing the water level of the river on previous floods. The most recent was last weekend, and that explained the fresh sand and logs at a level much higher than the current water level. You should see the pictures of the river in full flow during the 2012 floods......not much to spare under the middle of the walkbridge... Scary and wondrous, the power of nature.

Again, special mention of the friendly and helpful weekend staff.

1  Thank BHayes1
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The bridge is fun to cross and we went on the hike to the waterfall - that's definitely worth $5, but considering that I paid $210 for both of my sons to do the Rotorua zipline for over 2 hours, it really was not worth $60 for them to do one tandem flying fox.

Thank lanamom
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The swing bridge was fun however I thought the zipline ride was a bit ho hum, not at all like the adrenaline rush the young guy promised us when booking. The cost was very high for a small ride, I certainly wont be stopping here again. On the day we went we were told that the jet boat wasn't work so this was a bit of a let down. overall very average.

Thank daknibbsklan
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