The township numbers about 650 with a similar number in the surrounding valleys. Murchison is a rural service town for the surrounding mixed farming district on State Highway 6 approximately halfway between Westport and Nelson. Nelson and Westport are each about 1.5 hours drive.
The township is at an altitude of 150m above sea level. Rainfall is about 1600mm per annum and is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.
Murchison experienced a major earthquake in 1929 measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. Seventeen people lost their lives, many from resulting landslips and floods.
The Murchison area is isolated and the town can be easily cut off by flooding, snow, landslip or earthquake. For that reason it is considered necessary to have a plan to address the main risks that the area faces.
Murchison Recreation Centre
Radio stations - for broadcast of urgent public messages (reception variable):
- More FM 94.1 FM
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