Mt Richmond Forest Park comprises 165,000 hectares of mostly native forest-covered mountain country located between Blenheim and Nelson. Within the park there are a multitude of Department of Conservation walking and tramping tracks ranging from very short 15-minute nature walks to more adventurous 10-hour-plus tramps up to high peaks such as Mt Fishtail (1641 metres) and the park’s namesake Mt Richmond, at 1760 metres.

The eastern side of the forest park has many valleys draining down into the Wairau River and can all be accessed easily from Northbank Road. Public roads or access ways push up into most of these valleys providing easy access to the DOC land that lies beyond.

Pristine mountain bush stream above the grassy clearing

Timms Creek is approximately 50km from the centre of Blenheim and most of that distance is along the very scenic Northbank Road where the countryside is continually changing. Manicured vineyards, mixed sheep and beef farms, lifestyle blocks, pine forests, dairy farms and tracts of native bush make the hour-long drive seem not that long at all. From Northbank Road, turn off into Te Rou Road and a gravel road will take you 3.5km up the valley to the Timms Creek Track carpark.

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