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The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours

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Address: 38 Waller Street | Next to Beechwoods Cafe, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
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Really? Flames continually burning in a forest for over 90 years - why...

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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Great trip

We really enjoyed the 4WD/bush walk with our guide Steve. Steve and his wife were kind enough to reschedule the trip from the morning (very, very wet!!) to the afternoon (only... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
annef312
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the 4WD/bush walk with our guide Steve. Steve and his wife were kind enough to reschedule the trip from the morning (very, very wet!!) to the afternoon (only slightly wet!!) In fact the rain enhanced the experience with the moss covered forest floor beneath the beech trees quite incredible with the recent rain. We appreciated Steve'a knowledge... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour was amazing from start to finish. Steve's knowledge and his willingness to share it and answer questions was wonderful. Our group of three were the only ones on the tour so we had the tour all to ourselves. The trek was of a moderate grade (for us 55+) with lots to see and marvel at. Steve made sure... More 

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Thank Xenahhh
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your clear and specific review - it's helpful for readers to know what to expect. So glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for bringing the sunshine :-) More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did the tour as part of a family group. Very Kiwi approach, no fuss, very friendly. Trip to start of walk was by Land Rover, good commentary along the way. Actual walk was not too demanding and plenty to catch the eye. Flames were very intriguing to say the least. What must the wildlife make of them in the middle... More 

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Thank heath531
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. Good point about imagining the night-time scene! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Loved the whole experience, you mist do this if you are in new Zealand, this was the highlight if our trip, and it was reasonably priced too, go do it and u wont regret it

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Thank Janujan1
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

The highlight of your trip - that's great! Thanks for coming to Murchison and The Flames. More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We did a last minute booking for an afternoon tour and really glad we did. The guys who run the tour are very welcoming and Steve, our guide was great. He told us all about the flora and fauna on route to the flames and what a wonderful thing to find in the middle of the bush! The toasted marshmallows... More 

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Beautiful bush, best pancakes and tea and coffee you will ever taste! We loved this unique and interested tour! If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Murchison you have found it!

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Thank Hopngrape
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hey! Thanks Hopngrape. We have found a new name for our attraction - maybe we should advertise it as a Fire Walk! Your children did so well, interested in looking at everything, picking the tiny yellow flowers and giving them to "Nana"! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is certainly an attraction that doesn't get less interesting when it rains. We found it fascinating to see the lush native vegetation of that part of New Zealand, with all the mosses and rare orchids. The fire in the bush is then the highlight of the 4h trip, with awesome pancakes made on a cast iron pan. The guide... More 

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Thank KiwiSchnitzel
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hello. That's true about the rain! One of my favourite photos shows a visitor in wet raincoat warming her hands at the Flames. Thanks for the lovely review. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

An awesome experience where we enjoyed conversation, beech forest and a peaceful tramp through to the flames. Thank you Steve for sharing your knowledge of the area, plants and wildlife. The bush setting for our flame cooked pancakes was peaceful and welcoming. We enjoyed seeing tui, kereru, fantail and listening to the bellbird. With gratitude for the opportunity to experience... More 

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Thank 510SueD
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Such a nice review! Thank you for describing your experience so beautifully. Safe travels. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Just completed this walk. Rates best bush walk and experience this holiday. Walk really easy using a provided walking pole. Took hour to walk in through wonderful Bush to be rewarded with Bush tea and pancakes cooked over the gas flames. Hosts were amazing and helpful. Felt price was very cheap for time and effort it took owners.

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Thank AnnieMT
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks, you two. Luckily Steve enjoys his job, so it doesn't feel like work! Nice to meet you. More 

Murchison, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Me and my little brother did the tour and we both had a great time. It's not just about the natural flames, which are definitely worth the small hike. On the walk to the flames we heard so many interesting stories about the surrounding nature and the history of this place. A great way to experience nz nature:) would definitely... More 

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Thank malin_zinn
elizabethriley2015, Manager at The Natural Flames Experience - Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Glad you and your brother enjoyed getting out into the Murchison bush, with the Flames merely a bonus. All the best, Elizabeth. More 

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