Water activity

Marlborough: The Hobbit Kayak Tour

Activity provider: Pelorus Eco Adventures
Water activity

Marlborough: The Hobbit Kayak Tour

Activity provider: Pelorus Eco Adventures

From US$ 115.62 per person

Paddle New Zealand's most beautiful river on a kayaking tour over crystal clear waters where you will discover stunning ancient forest landscapes and native fauna.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Drift down the crystal-clear Pelorus River paddling your own canoe
  • See the filming locations of one of The Hobbit movies
  • Enjoy New Zealand's pristine native forest as you float by
  • Learn how the flora and fauna were utilized by the Maori people
  • Discover the history of the gold and timber industries along the river
Full description
Kayak down the scenic Pelorus River in the Marlborough Region on a 4-hour guided tour that will take you through unforgettable natural landscapes and across locations used for the filming of the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug". Start the tour in the historic township of Havelock and take a short 20-minute drive up the Pelorus River Valley to a private farm enabling access to the Pelorus River. Board your kayak and begin your river adventure, listening along the way as your guide tells the history of the gold and timber industries. Experience the river’s warm and crystal clear waters. See the film locations of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and learn behind the scenes secrets of the filming process.  Feel the thrill of various small rapids (grade 2) and admire the ancient forest, listening to the native bird song and the gentle lap of the crystal water as you drift through hidden New Zealand paradise.
  • Transport from Havelock to launch site
  • Experienced guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Waterproof shoes

Know before you go

  • You do not need any previous kayaking experience to participate in this tour
  • Your feet and clothes may get wet during the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 1 reviews

Review summary

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Old inflatable kayaks using canoe paddles, listed as a4 hour activity, river trip only lasted about about one and quarter hours..poor value for money.

February 12, 2023

An enjoyable trip and easy level with great guide Callum! Some lovely views too! Thank you.

January 21, 2021

Product ID: 390675