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The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River
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The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River

By Pelorus Eco Adventures
Recommended by 96% of travellers
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Ages 6-80, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • Professional guided tour with all safety equipment supplied
  • Return transport from Havelock.
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch


Start:
  • Havelock, New Zealand
    We depart from the Bluemoon Lodge, 48 Main Rd Havelock
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9030P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for child aged 6 and under
    • Please allow 4hrs the exact duration will depend on the river conditions and group skills.
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • Pelorus Eco Adventures
      300
      Havelock, New Zealand
    • annaleaw2023
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstunning
      Pretty relaxed river trip with possibility to swim. Outstunning experience. The crew is very nice too.
      Written 8 March 2023
    • ykk87
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good fun
      We did this on a rainy day in February, it was a bit cool but still very enjoyable. The guide was very easy going and friendly. We found it very peaceful to kayak with noone else around, awesome to see the hobbit filming locations. 100% chance of getting wet so remember to dress appropriately. We had zero experience kayaking and had a bit of difficulty but it was manageable. Would recommend, very unique experience!
      Written 16 December 2019
    • FergusRC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip, definitely a must do
      We went on the hobbit tour, going down the river was great. Shane was a great guide and knew a lot about the area and wildlife. We both had a great time and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
      Written 25 November 2019
    • ComradeInTravel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best activity on this trip
      This is the best activity I’ve experienced 2 2 weeks in South Island. This river kayaking has the best balance of thrill and tranquility, there are thrilling rapids then calm water along the way to both enjoy the river up close and some great fun at the same time. The river is fantastically beautiful. Shane and Asha are great team in operating this activity seamlessly. Thank you much for the great time!
      Written 11 November 2019
    • Cherie E
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable
      Heaps of family fun! Shane was very knowledgeable and had lots of knowledge on the native flora and fauna as well as the Hobbit movie (which is why we chose to do this tour, the other interesting information was a bonus).
      Written 6 October 2019
    • MarylytheDoc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience and journey
      Ben was extremely helpful and fun to experience this trip with. He led us down the river and took some great photos of us during our experience. The weather was terrific, the water perfect, clear and clean. I highly encourage anyone to take this adventure. Great for all ages.
      Written 5 June 2019
    • Manaochen
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just simply awesome!
      My boyfriend and I have no experience in kayaking in naturally flowing river before but our trip went very smoothly. The weather was nice though it was autumn. The scenery was breathtaking. Our tour guide explained everything we need to know other than how to kayak. We get to know a lot of plants, birds, the history of the river and of course the information about how the movie was filmed precisely. He took lots of photo and you could ask him for all of them later. Definitely Worth it!
      Written 13 May 2019
    • Stiff8829
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      River Rafting
      I enjoyed it .... great experience. Don’t have to worry to take your own photos, as they are taken for you. 👍🏻
      Written 18 March 2019
    • vanessalgladman
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family Fun.
      We had a family trip with teenagers and a 4 1/2 year old. Shane was great to deal with thru the booking and answered all our questions about taking our young son. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and appreciated Shanes local knowledge and obvious love and appreciation for the outdoors. The scenery was fantastic and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. We will be back!
      Written 16 March 2019
    • Edge-of-the-world16
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Like others we had low water levels problems and expensive for what it was.
      Like others we suffered from low water levels and the attack of the flies, due to the slow nature of the journey probably due to the low levels we suffered quite a bit with fly bites. The low levels also meant we, well I, had to keep getting out to drag the canoe over the rocks, the guide gave out a fair bit of information but due to the problems of getting stuck on the rocks we missed a lot of it and had problems catching up. Also compared to a kayak trip we did on Lake Taupo it was expensive $130 each as apposed to $99. However it was interesting to go pass the Orc rocks and Hobbit barrel run area from the film but have to be honest we came away feeling somewhat underwhelmed by it and felt that the guide wasn't really in the mood.. Also disappointed with the number of photos, he seemed to take quite a few but only four were posted on Facebook and we were really only in one of them, oh and the photos of the filming could do with renewing as they were a bit dog eared.
      Written 10 March 2019
    • Joezuka
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous trip
      Ben our guide was fantastic. He was keen to encourage participants to have fun, with swimming and rock jumping without being pushy. Our 8 year son absolutely loved it. The trip it’s self despite the low water level in places was fun and very pretty. The water was very clear and warm. If you are into ‘the hobbit’ you’ll learn a little about the filming which is interesting. We would definitely do it again and Ben was a star.
      Written 15 February 2019
    • 152amirm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome kayaking down the Pelorus River
      We had a fantastic morning out on the Pelorus River with Ben, our awesome guide! Despite the low water level of the river (due to a very dry summer), the kayaking was extremely rewarding and the area is just incredibly beautiful, Ben was a great guide, he showed us all the spots featured in the Hobbit movie and also took us to some cliffs we could jump from into the water! It was great fun! Ben is a great guy and a passionate instructor/guide. We hope to see you again at some point - until then good luck with the future! Kind regards, Amir
      Written 12 February 2019
    • JodieH1207
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxing, beautiful tour!
      My adult children and I had a great time kayaking down the Pelorus River. Loved seeing the filming locations for the Hobbit movie.
      Written 5 February 2019
    • shirendra2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      super experience for first timers
      Shane and Asha were awesome hosts and their little adventure added a lot to our New Zealand experience. Definitely recommended as part of your tour...
      Written 17 January 2019
    • Lin0a
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Magnificent river, but expensive
      Some pros & cons. The great side of this experience was the magnificent scenery we had paddling down the pelorus river. It's an easy one, and you're the only lucky group to enjoy this as Shane's kayaks are the only to go on the river. You can hear the river flow, the birds singing and the noise of the wind in the trees. On the downside, we didn't find this is worth the price, well unless you're a huge fan of "The Hobbit" movies! After hand we thought we had better bring our kids swim in the river next to Pelorus bridge, especially knowing that is the exact place we stopped (amongst other tourists).
      Written 16 January 2019
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    Geoff Clarke
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We had a fantastic time kayaking down the Pelorus River with Pelorus Eco Tours. Shane was a great guide, able to share knowledge on the local history and the native plants easily. We felt very safe in the inflatable kayaks which are stable and comfortable. The Pelorus River itself is stunning, its water so clear that at times it just looks like you are floating in mid air a few feet off the bottom of the river.
    Written 17 January 2020
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    JaneandLewis
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020
    Would recommend for all ages and abilities, the current is very generous and not much paddling required if you’re not experienced. Some small rapids that added a bit of adventure to an otherwise relaxing cruise. Our guide Shane was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. We felt completely at ease and had plenty of opportunities to take photos and take in the scenery. Well worth a go if you’re in the area and want to see the Pelorus Bridge Reserve from this unique POV.
    Written 28 September 2020
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    Thanks for joining us, so please you had a gret time
    Written 7 January 2021
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    Jessica S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    Shane took us on the most amazing guided tour down the beautiful Pelorus river. He told us about some history & where parts of the Hobbit movie were filmed, gave us tips to get down the rapids safely and we went cliff jumping. I couldn’t recommend this trip enough. It was perfectly planned and we felt we spent the perfect amount of time on the river.
    Written 10 January 2020
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    214stj
    Auckland Central, New Zealand118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Fun morning out on the river, especially if you're a fan of the Hobbit movies. We are not highly experienced paddlers but had no trouble navigating the kayaks. The trip is very safe and rapids are low grade, so the trip is well suited for families. You do need to be prepared to get wet and get out of the boat on some areas in order to get the kayak over the more shallow areas. Wearing water shoes is a good idea for the times when you need to maneuver the kayak over the shallows. You'll also get wet with water splashing over and/or flipping the boat (depending on your choice of crewmate). The operator has a changing room available at the main office, so bring a change of clothes and look forward to a nice lunch in Havelock afterwards. Our guide (Jade) looked after us well and explained the areas where the Hobbit filming took place. She also gave us great suggestions about the local area. Overall, a very enjoyable day & well worth the money.
    Written 3 January 2023
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    Thank you for joining us, i'm so glad you enjoyed the trip, thanks for taking the time to leave a lovely review
    Written 5 January 2023
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    shez66
    Birmingham, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    Had a great time on this kayaking trip. The scenery is stunning and Shane was an awesome guide. If you're a Hobbit fan, you'll love the inside knowledge he has about the scenes filmed on the river. If you're not a Hobbit fan, you'll love the setting and the knowledge Shane has about the wildlife and surrounding area, so in general, it's a great trip for everyone! Would highly recommend this tour
    Written 13 March 2020
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    Thanks for taking the time to write such lovely comments. see you next time
    Written 15 March 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    apicl2016
    Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    Wonderful trip down the Pelorus River. We were lucky enough to begin our trip further up the river than the normal starting point as a result of overnight rain. We had a beautiful day, Shane was very knowledgeable about the environment flora and fauna and we enjoyed his relaxed manner and good sense of humour. Enough rapids to give us a thrill and plenty of time to sit back and enjoy nature in a beautiful part of the country.
    Highly recommend this trip
    Written 9 August 2020
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    TravellerG5615RA
    Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    This trip was booked from 2-6pm. I was picked up from the pelorus campground at 2.15 and dropped back by 4.20. Far shorter than the tile paid for.
    The guide did little to tie in the Hobbit experience. I’m addition there was no safety briefing and only one guide who did not wear a safety helmet.
    I do not believe this is value for money or that it met the advertised excelsior.
    Written 12 January 2023
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    Christine T
    Rangiora4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    This was the highlight of my holiday and totally worth every $. I am in my 60's, have only kayaked a couple of times in the sea so no river kayak experience. I found the experience very relaxing, a little bit exciting and loads of fun........one continuous grin the whole way down. Our guide Callum explained and led us down all the "very small" rapids although if you wanted to make your own way through you were welcome to. This is an easy adventure and one where you are well looked after. You won't be disappointed, the scenery is spectacular too!
    Written 9 January 2021
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    Hi Krystal we hope to see you again next time you visit
    Written 12 January 2021
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    Flyer65688800727
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    Beautiful scenery which was made even better by the great weather, but the tour party was too large - us (family of four) and group of 15 was added on. It took a long time to get organised, and extra time was needed for translation as the group didn’t speak English. It meant we constantly bumped into others on the river as space was limited with so many of us and progress was slow.

    We paid extra for pictures, but most were of the other group and the quality was ok.

    The guides were very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. They did a great job considering the number of people involved.

    I probably wouldn’t recommend this for the cost.
    Written 4 February 2024
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    Robin
    Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    Had and absolutely awesome time down the pelorus river with a group of 12. Instructor was great, very professional but entertaining and funny at the same time, made it a very relaxing stress free trip. Will definitely be doing again. The river was absolutely gorgeous!!
    Written 4 January 2020
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