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The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River

  • 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
The Hobbit Barrel Run Rafting Tour on the Pelorus River
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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.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fun for all levels and abilities

The boats are very stable, the river was gentle with a few easy rapids to keep it interesting. Awesome scenery, not to strenuous physically. Great team building activity.

Thank Jillian B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent kayak tour !

Superb experience, the guide is lovely, interesting information about the river area ! Could take a shower at the end of the tour Recommend 100% :)

1  Thank thomastZ3653CO
curtisHavelock, Owner at Pelorus Eco Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Thomas Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and we see you next time your visiting.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A must do for anyone travelling to New Zealand

So this was booked for us by a company as a part of a 3 week New Zealand self drive tour based around our love of Lord of the Rings. The weather on the day was wet to say the least! There was some discussion...More

1  Thank Neil1986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing scenery

Shane was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowlegable and made sure that really knew what to do. The kayak tour was amazing, fantastic scenery and very relaxing journey. Very suitable for a beginner like me who can barely swim. I highly recommend this to anyone...More

1  Thank Safari821596
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pelorus river

Shane was awesome. Big storm the night before and Shane added a bit extra to the trip cause we could hit a side creek to enter the pelorus. Really great instruction and fun to be around. Gear was also great...clean, well kept. Really took his...More

1  Thank Safari294578
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