Wine, Eco and Art Tours of Marlborough and Nelson, New Zealand
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Chetwood Forest [Hobbit's Holiday] Tour

  • Price: $285.00
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Departure: 9.00 am
  • Food: Lunch included
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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Tour overview:

Travel through ever changing and diverse landscapes of Upper Moutere, Riwaka and on to Marble Mountain.

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 world.

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 escape discovery.

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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