Off The Beaten Track

Somewhere a little special

Off The Beaten Track is located in Murchison on the Buller River the Southern side of the 2nd largest National Park In New Zealand, the Kahurangi (meaning Treasured Possession).

There is an abundance of native bush and Rivers to explore in all directions.

It has some of the country’s oldest rock and landforms, spectacular areas of limestone and marble throughout.

There is great history in this area dating back to the early settlers and the gold rush times which can be seen still today.

With the opening of the Old Ghost Road which has opened up some of this beautiful land to Mountain bikers, Off the Beaten Track accommodation & bike hire was born.

Arran, a previous National downhill champion, was living in Nelson and saw the possibility of starting a business close to this wonderful track, and purchased the former Riversong Cottages.

He went to work transforming it into an Adventure base camp that would cater for mountain bikers and Adventurers that could come set up, or debrief. Before or after their mission through the OGR or other wilderness in the area.

With a passion for bikes and years of racing & riding  Mountain Bikes, Arran has extensive knowledge of the local area that is invaluable to you before your adventure starts.

The beautiful terrain, combined with Arran’s knowledge of the trails created a desire to share this experience with others. With accommodation and bike hire, what a better way to get amongst it than with custom made tours!


The tours are a great way to take the hassle out of organising bigger groups, trying to piece together the pick up drop off, accommodation, the best tracks, the food, the gear needed. Arran and his team have this all sorted for a stress-free enjoyable time with your friends or family.  rides throughout the top of the south to suit each group’s riding ability.  Options of being collected from Nelson or Christchurch airport to start your tour, open up more possibilities for your adventures too.

With Murchison’s central position, there are many options. Trails can include some old favourites like the Heaphy track, the Remeka and the Old Ghost Road. Or looking for some new adventures trying the not so common trails like The Wairoa Gorge, The Maitland loop in St Arnaud, Kirwans Hut loop in Reefton or the newly opened Pike 29 from Blackball to Punakaiki. These tracks plus many more can be designed to suit your time frame and logistical order of travel.

This being the case there are other things to come here for if biking is not always your thing.

Kayaking with NZ Kayak school, Rafting with Ultimate Descents, Heli drops with Murchison Heli, Hiking, Hunting and Fishing just to name a few.

Tailor-made packages can include some of these activities also.

Off the beaten track accommodation is nestled in a beautiful garden setting there are two large cabins, both can sleep up to 6 people each with their own deck, hammock, seating and brazier area.

An outside kitchen has been built to cater for eating and entertaining a beer or two in the garden, alongside some swings and  trampoline for the kids to play on.

These plus a studio flat which has an ensuite room and deck for two, allow for the capacity of up to 14 people to stay. Ideal for groups or families.

  The reception has a lot of maps and information about rides and activities in the area,  A small amount of bike gear for any breakages or upgrades to your bike. Next door has a bike workshop and storage facility that can assist you in your stay also. 

It’s all here to make your stay as stress-free and relaxing as possible, nothing is a problem. Arran is a very friendly relaxed person that is always willing to help. 

Whatever your adventure is, this is a place you need to explore!

Drop Arran a line at [email protected] and start your planning now.

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