Murchison, New Zealand

Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is near the western end of the "Four Rivers Plain", at the confluence of the Buller River and the Matakitaki River. The other two rivers are the Mangles River, and the Matiri River. It is a rural service town for the surrounding mixed farming district, approximately halfway between Westport and Nelson. Murchison was named after the Scottish geologist Roderick Murchison, one of the founders of the Royal Geographical Society.[3]

Murchison
Aerial view of Murchison in 1978
Coordinates: 41°48′S 172°20′E
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityTasman District
WardLakes-Murchison Ward
Area
  Total4.34 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[2]
  Total606
  Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Postcode(s)
7007
Area code(s)03