Hobbit & LOTR Locations
The Nelson Tasman region is home to seven locations used in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
We recommend checking movie film location guidebooks for specific details about the sites, but as a general indication Takaka Hill, Kaihoka Station (this is private land), Salisbury Falls, the Aorere River and Pelorus River were all used in the films.
Jens Hansen The Ringmaker – the designer and maker of more than 40 rings for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies is also based in central Nelson, right beside the Cathedral and The Rutherford Hotel.
Are you a Hobbit fan? How about this three day itinerary which features several of the film locations featured in The Hobbit, as well as offering some time to explore and immerse yourself in the best of the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay.