Enjoy short walks through native forest beside mountain streams or climb high above the tree line to alpine meadows and panoramic views.
Along the southern side of the Richmond Range, from the north bank of the Wairua River, several tracks lead up into the Mount Richmond Forest Park. To find the park, head north on State Highway 6, from the wine growing area of Blenheim and Renwick, cross the Wairua River and turn west onto North Bank Road.
First up is the Onamalutu Scenic Reserve offering various short walks through native forest by the river, and flat grassy areas for picnics and overnight camping.
Further up the Wairua River, turn into Pine Valley Road. From the car park at the end of the road a pleasant 20-minute walk follows the Pine Valley stream through native forest. A five-hour walk up to Fishtail Mountain hut also leaves from here.
Further west along North Bank Road there are several one to two hour walks. For more experienced hikers there are tracks leading high into the ranges.
On the other side of the ranges, starting just south of Nelson, the Alpine Route is a challenging track above the bushline. It offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plans, toward Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, and to the rugged hills of South Marlborough and the Inland Kaikoura Ranges. It is only suitable for experienced and well-equipped groups. There is little or no formed track in many places, the terrain is steep and rugged and good fitness and navigation skills are needed.