Please note: all scheduled tours can be converted into an exclusive tour.
- Visit the One Ring creators.
- Explore Marble Mountain.
- Chetwood Forest.
- NZ's deepest vertical shaft.
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Travel through ever changing and diverse landscapes of Upper Moutere, Riwaka and on to
On the mountain, we walk 400 metres to the Hawkes lookout
for magnificent views down the Riwaka Valley, across Tasman Bay towards
Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll then gain an understanding of
the plumbing of the mountain and its unique and ancient geology which
has created the fascinating rock shapes that inspired the film makers of
The Hobbit trilogy.
Exploration of Marble Mountain would not be complete without
an actual guided visit into middle earth via the Ngarua Caves. These
exit into clusters of strange rock formations that beg to be explored
and force the imagination to see figures, shapes and scenes from another
On the road again, we drive through more of these rock
formations as we head to where the Hobbits, lead by Aragorn, fled from
Bree and the Black Riders into Chetwood Forest. Here we pause to enjoy a
Hobbit feast, washed down with middle earth refreshments.
A nearby beech forest walk will enliven the afternoon and
have your imagination working overtime until you reach Harwoods Hole –
the deepest known vertical shaft in New Zealand!
Return to Nelson or nearby accommodation or continue to Takaka in preparation for ‘West of Rivendell’.
EXCLUSIVE TOUR OPTION: Helicopter option 1:
Fly from Chetwood Forest (Marble Mountain) to South of Rivendell (Mount Olympus) and then down to Motueka.
These strange pinnacle rock formations were used to portray
the rugged country 'South of Rivendell'. It was here, as the nine rested
and cooked a meal, that the crebain crows of Saruman, searching for
news of the One Ring, spied the travellers below. Hurriedly
extinguishing their fire they hid behind the pinnacles in an attempt to
This site is extremely remote and can only be reached by
helicopter. Mt Olympus sprouts rocky outcrops which over time have been
eroded by weather to form incredible columnar shapes. The site is
located at the northern end of the Kahurangi National Park and looks
down into the Aorere Valley of Golden Bay.
EXCLUSIVE TOUR OPTION: Helicopter option 2:
Fly from Chetwood Forest (Marble Mountain) to South of
Rivendell (Mount Olympus) and on to Dimrill Dale (Mount Owen).
Distraught at the loss of Gandalf, the remaining members of
the Fellowship escape the mines and throw themselves to the ground in
their grief. Shooting was undertaken here for 10 days and the results
are one of the most moving moments in the film.
Mt Owen showcases some of the oldest rock in New Zealand and
has priceless geological properties. As you fly toward Mt Owen, a
landscape of glaciated marble karst is exposed and you appreciate the
size of these giant rocks. The surface is split with crevasses and
sinkholes where water has left its mark. The area also claims New
Zealands largest underground caving system. Mt Owen is situated at the
Southern end of the Kahurangi National Park near Murchison.
"Thank you so much for an amazing and insightful day around Nelson. We loved it!!!"
Julie & Jeff Kanish.
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