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Richmond Forest Park - Nature & Eco Tour

  • Price: $160.00
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: variable
  • Food: Lunch included
Please note: all scheduled tours can be converted into an exclusive tour.


  • Visit the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary close to the city.
  • See the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
  • Walk the regenerating forest and enjoy the birdsong.
  •    Mature forest like ancient, pre-European New Zealand 
  •    Hobbit film site

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Tour overview:

If time is short and only a half day journey is suitable, there are several options available to explore a mixed beech/podocarp forest with probable sightings of native birds. Either destination, which can be discussed at time of booking, is only a short scenic drive from Nelson before entering this wonderful rainforest to wander just as far as time permits.

A park of many parts, from lowland beech & podocarp forest to mineral belts & rugged alpine tops. The park is stacked with history predominantly with a mining theme whether it’s the maori argillite mines, the copper mines, goldmines or the Dun railway, the very first railway in NZ.

Mount Richmond Forest Park stretches 100 km along the rugged backbone of the Mount Richmond Range, from St Arnaud in the south to the Marlborough Sounds in the north.

It forms the backdrop to Nelson city and dominates the skyline from Blenheim and the Wairau Valley. Over 80% of the vast area is covered in dense forest with manuka, kanuka, and bracken common around the margins of the park.   

Geological interest in the park is high as the main South Island alpine fault runs along the southern boundary. This is the largest active fault line in New Zealand and extends down to South Westland. The Red Hills and Dun Mountain have high levels of magnesium and iron, which gives them a distinctive rust colour. Over millions of years they have moved 600 km north, from the identical rocks in the Red Hills of South Westland.

This excellent example of lowland forest is alive with birds and is an easy walk along stream sides with excellent examples of ferns, mosses & fungi, beneath the giants of a mosaic beech, podocarp and broadleaf forest.

Discover this beautiful park for yourself - it’s too good to bypass.

""Most Excellent."
JJ Becker.
California, USA

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