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The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River

Highlights
  • 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
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The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River
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Overview
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (100)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Barrel run with Ben

My girlfriend and I took part in the barrel run with Ben. It was a great trip that gave us the chance to see sites from the Hobbit movies but also take in the beautiful scenery. It also gave us the chance to go kayaking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Davidcorps93
curtisHavelock, guide at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

thanks David for the amazing review i'm really glad you enjoyed your trip. your guide Ben

Reviewed 1 week ago
Friendly and fun

Shane knows all about the area and the movie tie ins, he was informative, entertaining and fun. Enjoyed our day in the kayaks!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KellyJayneAus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Hobbit run with Ben

Great time down the river. Ben kept the trip fun and explained the history of the area. We stopped for the lotr film locations. I plunged in twice at the bridge, once on purpose. All around good time down the river today.

1  Thank 678jennib
curtisHavelock, guide at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

thanks for such a lovely review its really nice to see someone enjoy the Pelorus river as much as i do, i really hope the rest of your trip goes great. your guide Ben

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun and awesome with Ben

My husband and I were looking for a fun kayaking experience in New Zealand. This excursion was absolutely fantastic. The water was quick and exciting but also not too difficult. The views were fabulous. Ben was an awesome guide who knows the stories about the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MarylytheDoc
curtisHavelock, guide at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Maryly thanks for this awesome review i'm not sure who enjoyed this trip more you and your husband or myself because it felt like i was paddling with some of my friends . thanks again your guide Ben

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Honeymoon Rafting

Had an awesome time going down the river, Ben was a great instructor and helped us navigate the rapids, he knew a lot about the river, wildlife, and the hobbit locations. We went in the water on one rapid but it wasn't a big deal...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Gilesgg1
curtisHavelock, guide at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

thanks for the great review i hope the rest of your honeymoon went amazing your guide Ben

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