Just south of Nelson, the town of Richmond is a service centre for the farms, orchards and vineyards of the Waimea Plains. Pip fruit and berries are grown here, as well as hops for the beer industry. Richmond is a peaceful base for the region’s many attractions. From here you can discover wineries, beaches, art galleries, beautiful river valleys and horse treks. There are three national parks close at hand – Nelson Lakes, Abel Tasman and Kahurangi. The nearby Richmond Ranges are a great place for hiking and mountain biking. In winter you can ski at Rainbow Valley. Richmond has a comprehensive shopping area and a good choice of eating places. Functional facts: Approx. population 11,800, information centre, good range of shops and services.