Richmond is the second-largest town in the Nelson region, and lies on the shores of Waimea Inlet. The fertile flat lands of the Waimea Plains, including Richmond, were a focus of early settlement. Richmond has long been a favoured town for South Islanders to retire to. It grew considerably in the 1990s and 2000s, especially its eastern areas.

Meaning of place name
The town was surveyed in 1842 and was known as Waimea East until 1845, when tailor John Snow renamed it after his home town, Richmond-on-Thames in London.

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