Northbank walking tracks
Located in Mount Richmond Forest Park in the Marlborough region
IntroductionTop Valley is a popular recreational area, with short walks, swimming holes and picnic and camping areas.
4 - 5 km return via same track
The Riverside Walk (Top Valley)
Time: 2 hr 30 min return
Distance: 5 km
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
Distance: 4 km
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).
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.
- 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.
- The access road from the Northbank Road may be closed due to fire danger or forestry operations. Check if the access roads to Mt Richmond Forest Park are open.
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.
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