NELSON TRAILS

Richmond to Wakefield

Great Taste Trail

From Richmond, the Great Taste Trail heads south across the Waimea Plains, passing through vineyards and farmland to connect the villages of Brightwater and Wakefield. It is known as the Railway Section as it follows the former alignment of the historic Nelson-Glenhope Railway for much of its length.

Details
Length10 km Richmond to Brightwater; 19 km Richmond to Wakefield
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min Richmond to Wakefield (by MTB)
Trail TypeShared track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither

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Access

  15 min from central Nelson (Richmond end)

 

The Richmond to Wakfield section of the Great Taste Trail begins at the sign-posted junction with the Richmond-Mapua section, at the southern end of Whakatu Coastal Pathway. The easiest way to directly access the start is via the Reservoir Creek underpass beneath Richmond Deviation, off of Champion Rd.

 

As it links directly to Nelson’s network of urban routes, namely Whakatu Coastal Pathway and Railway Reserve Pathway, most Nelson residents can access the trail directly from home with little requirement for on-road travel.

 

For trail users doing a return trip to Brightwater or Wakefield, there are suitable car parks at Champion Rd (next to Richmond Aquatic Centre) and Lower Queen St. If you are doing the trail in the opposite direction (heading toward Richmond), there is plenty of street parking in both Brightwater and Wakefield. In Wakefield there is a public car park in the town centre on Whitby Way. See map for parking locations.

 

The trail is regularly marked with blue plastic posts and informative signs.

Description

Heading south from Reservoir Creek underpass, the trail runs alongside Richmond Deviation as a shared pathway and crosses Lower Queen Street (take care when crossing). The trail continues alongside Jubilee Park and passes beneath the State Highway 60 over-bridge, one of only two bridges that were built over the railway line.

 

The trail continues south in a straight line through vineyards for 1.5 km to Ranzau Road, at which point it deviates from the original railway alignment, continuing instead on the northern side of Ranzau Road. The 1.2 km stretch to Pugh Road is sealed for a short distance before turning to gravel. The trail turns south onto Pugh road. After 2.4 km Pugh Road drops down an old river terrace and the trail crosses Waimea River via a suspension bridge, then continues along the true left of the river to Bryant Road in Brightwater.

 

A short distance down Bryant road the trail turns left down a pedestrian access way to Somerville Lane, and then crosses Ellis Street. Ellis Street is the main street of Brightwater, and here you will find cafes and shops. The trail turns right down Charlotte Lane, and back onto the original railway alignment, which is a grassed corridor through residential properties to an underpass through to Lord Rutherford Rd South. The Sir Ernest Rutherford Birthplace monument is located just to the right of the underpass, across Lord Rutherford Rd North.

 

The trail again leaves the former rail alignment and runs alongside Lord Rutherford Road (which becomes Higgins Road) for 4.8 km, before reaching a gate at the road end. The one kilometre section through to Edward Street passes through a small grove of totara, then heads along the south side of Edward Street for the remaining few hundred metres to Wakefield.

 

From Wakefield, the Great Taste Trail crosses Wai-iti River and continues south to Belgrove, Spooners Tunnel and Kohatu.

Amenities

Brightwater and Wakefield are of similar size and also have similar amenities and services. Both have cafes, a pub and a small supermarket. There are several wineries within a short deviation from the trail in Brightwater. There are public toilets in Hope (Hope Community Centre), Brightwater and Wakefield.

Richmond to Wakefield
Great Taste Trail

From Richmond, the Great Taste Trail heads south across the Waimea Plains, passing through vineyards and farmland to connect the villages of Brightwater and Wakefield. It is known as the Railway Section as it follows the former alignment of the historic Nelson-Glenhope Railway for much of its length.

Details
Length10 km Richmond to Brightwater; 19 km Richmond to Wakefield
Time Required1 hr – 1 hr 30 min Richmond to Wakefield (by MTB)
Trail TypeShared track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither

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Access

  15 min from central Nelson (Richmond end)

 

The Richmond to Wakfield section of the Great Taste Trail begins at the sign-posted junction with the Richmond-Mapua section, at the southern end of Whakatu Coastal Pathway. The easiest way to directly access the start is via the Reservoir Creek underpass beneath Richmond Deviation, off of Champion Rd.

 

As it links directly to Nelson’s network of urban routes, namely Whakatu Coastal Pathway and Railway Reserve Pathway, most Nelson residents can access the trail directly from home with little requirement for on-road travel.

 

For trail users doing a return trip to Brightwater or Wakefield, there are suitable car parks at Champion Rd (next to Richmond Aquatic Centre) and Lower Queen St. If you are doing the trail in the opposite direction (heading toward Richmond), there is plenty of street parking in both Brightwater and Wakefield. In Wakefield there is a public car park in the town centre on Whitby Way. See map for parking locations.

 

The trail is regularly marked with blue plastic posts and informative signs.

Description

Heading south from Reservoir Creek underpass, the trail runs alongside Richmond Deviation as a shared pathway and crosses Lower Queen Street (take care when crossing). The trail continues alongside Jubilee Park and passes beneath the State Highway 60 over-bridge, one of only two bridges that were built over the railway line.

 

The trail continues south in a straight line through vineyards for 1.5 km to Ranzau Road, at which point it deviates from the original railway alignment, continuing instead on the northern side of Ranzau Road. The 1.2 km stretch to Pugh Road is sealed for a short distance before turning to gravel. The trail turns south onto Pugh road. After 2.4 km Pugh Road drops down an old river terrace and the trail crosses Waimea River via a suspension bridge, then continues along the true left of the river to Bryant Road in Brightwater.

 

A short distance down Bryant road the trail turns left down a pedestrian access way to Somerville Lane, and then crosses Ellis Street. Ellis Street is the main street of Brightwater, and here you will find cafes and shops. The trail turns right down Charlotte Lane, and back onto the original railway alignment, which is a grassed corridor through residential properties to an underpass through to Lord Rutherford Rd South. The Sir Ernest Rutherford Birthplace monument is located just to the right of the underpass, across Lord Rutherford Rd North.

 

The trail again leaves the former rail alignment and runs alongside Lord Rutherford Road (which becomes Higgins Road) for 4.8 km, before reaching a gate at the road end. The one kilometre section through to Edward Street passes through a small grove of totara, then heads along the south side of Edward Street for the remaining few hundred metres to Wakefield.

 

From Wakefield, the Great Taste Trail crosses Wai-iti River and continues south to Belgrove, Spooners Tunnel and Kohatu.

Amenities

Brightwater and Wakefield are of similar size and also have similar amenities and services. Both have cafes, a pub and a small supermarket. There are several wineries within a short deviation from the trail in Brightwater. There are public toilets in Hope (Hope Community Centre), Brightwater and Wakefield.

Updated 4 December 2019