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Your trip starts in Havelock which is 50 minutes from Nelson, 25 minutes from Blenheim, where you will register and get fitted for your adventure ahead. After a short drive, reach the crystal-clear waters of the Pelorus, and begin your descent down one of New Zealand's most beautiful rivers, which was used in the filming of the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Once you reach the filming location, take a short walk to where it all happened, and learn what went on during nine days in December, 2011 while filming. Also learn about the history of the milling of the forest and mining of gold in the surrounding areas before heading back to Havelock.
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Pelorus Eco Adventures
Channel your inner Hobbit and enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of New Zealand on this 4-hour Hobbit barrel run rafting tour on the Pelorus River. Pull on your wetsuit and hop aboard your raft, then drift onto the Pelorus River — made famous in the 2013 movie ‘The Desolation of Smaug.’ Stop off at filming locations used in the making of the movie to hear of the ways in which the film was shot, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s milling and mining heritage.
  • 4-hour rafting adventure on the Pelorus River
  • Paddle down the beautiful Pelorus River with a guide
  • See filming locations made famous in 2013’s ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ movie
  • Gain insight into the region’s milling and mining heritage
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Havelock
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Great Kayaking Tour

A great experience Kayaking down the river, and seeing the places used in filming for The Hobbit. Peaceful with a couple of rapids though not too difficult for first timers to handle! All the equipment you'll need is on hand.

Thank Luke C
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

BRILLIANT DAY OUT! Really nice gentle day out but with lots of excitement! Also great location without loads of people on the river.

Thank Samantha P
Shane M, General Manager at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Hey Samantha Thank you for beautiful review :) It was a great afternoon to paddled on the river with you We hope to see you again ! Regards Pelorus Eco Adventures Staff

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Must do for hobbit fans

As a big fan of the hobbit I wanted to visit the pelorus river to view the barrel rafting scene. There's no better way to visit this natural "film set" than to experience the same journey yourself. Not only was our guide so knowledgeable about...More

Thank Max G
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile
Best Experience!

This is an amazing experience! The owner Shane took us along the river, he explained all the Hobbit features where the movie was filmed etc, as well as telling us about the wildlife, trees and history of the surroundings. The kayaking itself is great, you...More

Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 29 April 2018
Heaps of fun!

We had a fantastic time going through rapids, seeing filming locations for 'The Hobbit' and just having a peaceful experience on the river. Highly recommended!

Thank Andrea P
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