Mount Richmond Estate

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Around Mount Richmond Estate

Spa Pool – Relax in our hydrotherapy spa pool. At night time you can gaze up at the stars.

Tennis – Have a bit of a work out on the court.

Basketball  –  Two boards to practice shooting some hoops.

Croquet –  Play croquet outside the cafe.

Bush Walk  – See the inquisitive robins and fantails.

Mountain bike – Around the adjacent forest tracks and the Marlborough Sounds.

Glow worms – See our resident glow worms – free tour on request..

Wildlife – As you would expect in a rural location we have a plethora of birds, with a large number of tuis and fantails. We also have kereru, kingfishers, gold finches, green finches, silvereye, riflemen amongst others.

Arboretum – There is a stand of trees bordering the estate on the northern side which was planted during 1937/8 for training of the young arborists. This includes a massive range of New Zealand native and exotic trees; allowing for plenty of places for you and your children to explore. Sit on your deck and read!

Grassed area – Large grass area for children to play. We have a frisbee for some family fun.


Marlbrough and Nelson

Pelorus River Kayak Adventure  – Set inside the Department of Conservation Pelorus Bridge Reserve tours take you along the pristine Pelorus River.  You will learn about the history of  the timber business, gold rushes, the native forests and bats, all whilst you kayak down the river in your stable tandem kayak taking in the stunning views and spectacles.  A back drop so liked by Peter Jackson that he chose it for a scene in the second Hobbit movie.,  Visit  this link –

Pelorus Mail Boat  – Join Jim on the Pelorus Mail Boat departing Havelock marina delivering mail Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with weekend cruises on Saturday and Sunday. Check out for the different routes, times and bookings. Great feedback from all our guests who go on this informative trip seeing the amazing scenery of the Sounds.

River Fishing – the Rai and Pelorus rivers are excellent for trout (1st October till the end of April). Our local guide, Vic Rieter, can you show you the best places to fish and give you expert tuition should it be required.  Novice to the experienced are welcome.   Half day professional guiding $495, full day $750.   Heli-fishing pricing on request. Also see this link –

Hunting – affordable hunts for rabbits, goats, red and fallow deer, though the specialty is pig hunting done locally in a variety of different ways and places.  Hunting is free range, fair chase; terrain and cover vary considerably, so talk to us and we can tailor make a package to your requirements.  So if you want to experience hunting for the very first time or whether you are more experienced then let us know.

Rai Valley Cottage – Built in 1881, this cottage is one of the oldest in the area.
Furnished in the style of the 1890/1900 period, it is well worth a visit.

Sea Fishing – Born and bred local Mike Turner is well known for his knowledge of sea fishing and diving. Mike can take you out for a day’s sea fishing. Scallop fishing runs from mid July to mid February. You can also try for other fish including cod, snapper, groper (Nov – March) and the occasional kingfish. Diving might also be possible for cray.

Kayaking – There are plenty of bays to take your kayak for a fantastic day out or several days. If you don’t have your own kayak they can be hired in several different bays including Cissy Bay, Elaine Bay and at French Pass.


Traditional Sailing – Join the skipper on a traditional 40 tonne gaff cutter sailing boat and get some hands-on experience hauling on ropes, raising the main sail. Glide silently through amazing scenery and see dolphins, penguins, gannets and shags.

Tui Nature Reserve – Voted 8th best eco destination in the world by BBC Wildlife Magazine the Tui Nature Reserve Wilderness Park is a lot more than just tuis!! 42 hectares of mature and regenerating bush is the vision of Brian and Ellen; their hard work clearing the area of vermin and predators has created an area for protecting native species. Go and see the Marlborough Green Gecko, Red Crowned Kakariki and, hopefully, the elusive Giant Weta.

Walks – There are many walks and tracks in the area. The most notable are the several different walks (and swims) around Pelorus Bridge, a Department of Conservation site. Click for more –
Complete your walk with a tea or coffee and cake at the Pelorus Bridge café.

Tramping – Your local guide will take you through amazing Rai scenery including exotic and native forest, beef, sheep and dairy farms pointing out different points of interest and history, flora and fauna.   Normally a 3 to 4 hour walk depending on stops, photos, food/drink stops and ability of walkers.   It can be tailor made for fit trampers to  families with children.   Price $100 minimum, with max of four persons at $150.  A dog can be taken by prior arrangement and would need to be on a lead at certain parts of the walk.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise – Enjoy a truly unique cruise experience on the Greenshell Mussel cruise from nearby Havelock Marina.   This cruise departs daily over the summer season at 1.30pm for a 3 hour scenic cruise in the Marlborough Sounds including the fabulous tasting of fresh mussels with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Tours – Marlborough Travel has been operating tours in the Marlborough region for 18 years and offer a large range of wine tours, scenic tours and cruises in the Marlborough Sounds.



Happy Valley Adventures – Approximately 35 minutes away towards Nelson, just after Hira is the turn off to this adventure playground. Sure to have something for all the family, Happy Valley has a range of activities that include Sky-wire Flying Fox, paintballing, horse treks, quad bike tours, argo amphibious vehicle ride. There is also a café for refreshments.

World of Wearable Art, Nelson – More than art, more than a fashion show, more than an awards show. World of Wearable Art is an amazing combination of all three and more. Explore the world of fashion in it’s widest context. WOW has it’s own café too.


Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – Voted ‘Best Museum in the World’ by Sydney Morning Herald, it has fantastic, realistic displays that bring all the drama of those early flying days to life. The biggest collection of WW1 aircraft in the world. Easter 2017 sees the bi-annual air show.

Wine Tour
– Take a half or full day tour of various wineries sampling the world famous Marlborough

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Mount Richmond Estate
7090 State Highway 6
Rai Valley