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Murchison & Īnangahua Quakes: Roadside Story

Murchison & Īnangahua Quakes: Roadside Story


State Highway 6, Inangahua

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Murchison & Īnangahua earthquakes. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Dramatic landslides, rock falls and waterfalls are the legacy of the two massive earthquakes that hit the Buller region in the 20th century. Lives were lost at Murchison in 1929, and again at Īnangahua in 1968.

The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes,

The Mātakitaki landslide,

The 1968 Īnangahua earthquake,

Landslide damage, Whitecliffs,

Buller valley,

Upper Buller River valley,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-01135-04-s01-s02-pm).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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