Location background: Forest River - Pelorus River, Marlborough

The pure beauty of Pelorus River in Marlborough made the location the perfect choice for Forest River.

  • Pelorus River is a 40-minute drive from Blenheim - the main town in the Marlborough wine region. Blenheim is a 25-minute flight from Wellington International Airport.
  • The location of the ‘dwarves in barrels’ scene is on public land, just a 100-metre walk from the Pelorus Bridge Campground.
  • Pelorus Eco Adventures conduct three-hour river canoe trips through the location of the ‘dwarves in barrels’ scene that includes paddling right up to the waterfall where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was filmed.
  • The Pelorus River has an abundant fish life which includes native species and trout. The river drains a large, mostly forested catchment. The water is of a high quality and provides a habitat for many native plants and animals.
  • The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve (also known as Te Hoiere) has several easy walking tracks and is a popular rest stop for hikers on the Te Araroa - the Long Pathway - a 3000km trail stretching the length of New Zealand.
  • The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve has a camping ground (run by the Department of Conservation) with 50 powered and non-powered sites surrounded by towering beech, kahikatea and rimu trees and bordering the Pelorus River.
  • The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve is home to a population of rare bats that roost in the forest around the bridge and campsite. On warm summer evenings the bats can be seen in the twilight circling high in the forest canopy. There is a predator trapping programme in place to protect the bat population.
  • The Marlborough region is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, internationally recognised for sauvignon blanc. The region is responsible for 80% of New Zealand’s wine exports, and home to approximately 140 wineries.
  •  Marlborough is well known for its fresh produce, especially seafood such as scallops, crayfish, NZ greenshell mussels, King Salmon and fresh ocean fish, along with vegetables and fruit such as apples, berries and olives.
  •  Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and warmest regions.
  • Marlborough’s 71km Queen Charlotte Track is a four to five day walk, cycle or kayak. The track is notable for stunning coastal views, contrasting landscapes, skyline ridges, wildlife, and historical landmarks including a 148 year old lighthouse.
  • Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku, in the Awatere Valley, is Marlborough’s highest peak and where Sir Edmund Hillary embarked on his first mountain climb and the pathway that ultimately took him to Mt Everest.