Richmond is a satellite suburb of Nelson; but tell that a Richmond resident. Richmond is a very independent community that happens to be close to Nelson.

Richmond is not an easy town to navigate as a visitor. For such a large community not having an Information Centre/booth does not help a visitor.

For a relatively small town Richmond has a large shopping centre that draws on the Tasman and surrounding areas. This large centre has determined a disjointed main street that must struggle with retail balance.

Other than for the shopping mall there is no soul in the community to draw you in. To the visitor all that was ‘old’ appears to have given way to the ‘new’.

The Richmond War Memorial and gardens testify to a long history.

Richmond can lay claim to the birth place of Ernest Rutherford (the man who split the atom) and an impressive monument to Rutherford will be found some 7/8 k's to the south of Richmond. This is a must visit and plenty of time to engage the way this Rutherford expose is presented. This actually first rate.

But for Richmond itself, no museum and modern churches, with the exception of the Anglican, determine a bypass straight through after the Rutherford Memorial  to Nelson is encouraged.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course