Mt Richmond, Northbank walking tracks

Alert/Important notice

Access road closed

The access roads from Northbank Road are closed due to fire danger, until further notice.

Track category

Walking track


The Riverside Walk (Top Valley)

Time: 2 hr 30 min return

This walk follows an old gold miners’ track. You will see old gold tailings and the historic battery site of the Wellington mine.

Forks Walk (Top Valley)

Time: 1 hr 30 min return

This track leads to Whiteheads Clearing, where there are stacked river stones from the mining era. From here, a marked route climbs to Old Man Hut (4 hours).

Getting there

The northbank of Wairau River provides access to Mt Richmond Forest Park.

To get to this part of the forest park, turn off State Highway 6, just north of the Wairau River Bridge, 16 km from Blenheim.

There is no scheduled public transport available.


Dog walking Dog walking

Dog walking

A permit is required - contact DOC South Marlborough, ph: +64 3 572 9100. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Dog access in South Marlborough

Plan and prepare

  • Only light fires in hut fireplaces.
  • Rivers can rise quickly; do not cross when they are swollen.
  • Boil, filter, or treat water for drinking.
  • Always use the intentions books.

Mt Richmond Forest Park access

Check if the access roads to Mt Richmond Forest Park are open.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Marlborough places


Kaikoura Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 319 5641
Address:   West End
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Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:      +64 3 572 9100
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Marlborough District Office hours 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

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