chetwood forest caanan, takaka hill
west of rivendell golden bay
south of rivendell mount olympus
drimrill dale mount owen, kahurangi
stay where 10 leading actors stayed while filming The Hobbit.
Hobbit and Lord of the Rings location tours
Helicopter to remote filming locations
opening credits beach horse rides.
See the ring in Nelson where it was made. Would you put it on?
Pick up the Hobbit Location Guide and follow the trail to filming sites. Combine this with some great short walks and a Hobbits second breakfast in Takaka.
Full day escorted tours exploring the filming sites of Chetwood Forest, Drimrill Dale, Rivendell and more.
Fly with the company that helped find great locations and access areas where only the helicopter can reach.
$ $0-$149 / $$ $150-$249 / $$$ $250+
“I cannot believe Nelsonians wake up to this each morning”
Sir Ian McKellen
Join one or both full day guided tours (Chetwood Forest and West of Rivendell) taking you to filming locations in the Nelson area, an absolute must for the serious fan! Private tour or standard tour both with pick-up from the lodge.
In the morning drive over to Golden Bay and stop at some of the sights. The horse treks are either on the beach, on the clifftops or through farmland and take 1-2 hours, allowing time for a stroll on Wharariki Beach or one of the other short walks afterwards.
Many of the locations are only accessible by helicopter. Extend either of the Hobbit Location Tours with a flight to Mt Owen (exit from the mines of Moria), Mt Olympus (south of Rivendell) or both.
Small tours to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Locations will pick up from the Lodge. Visiting sites on Takaka Hill before stopping at the locations in Golden Bay.
Just 15 minutes from the Lodge, the Ngaru Caves were the location for the Hobbit cave scenes, also interesting for moa bones and other limestone cave features.
A short drive from the Lodge (including 11km on unsealed road), Harwoods Hole hike is through deep native bush and ends with a view down the deepest hole in the Southern Hemisphere. See black robins and other birds along this 45 minute hike. Recognise scenery from the Hobbit and LOTR films.