Due to the immense generosity of an Australian couple committed to the CCR vision, we have been able to purchase 225 hectares of land in the remote Matiri Valley, near Murchison, as a home for the CCRA on the South Island. The Matiri (Swift stream) runs through the valley from its headwater in the mountains via Lake Matiri, to join the Kawatiri (Buller River). These are two of the four rivers in Murchison, all well-known for white-water kayaking.
The retreat centre property rises up from the river flat to merge seamlessly with the Kahurangi National Park, which surrounds the valley and crowns most of the northwest region of the South Island. There are some forty farming families in the lower reaches of the valley. Higher up, the hills and mountains are clad in native forest along with some plantations of pine. In addition to indigenous birds and a particularly rare species of carnivorous snail, the forest is also home to wild deer, goats, and pigs, and is carpeted with mosses, lichens, ferns, and orchids.
The top of the valley is blocked by Lake Matiri, which was formed in the 1929 earthquake. From there a rough walking track leads up to two vast plateaux of snow grass.