Barrel Rider River

Pelorus River is a stunning location where Bilbo and the 13 Dwarves had to ride down the rapids in their barrels!

Te Hoiere or Pelorus River is a stunning, crystal clear river located in the top of the South Island in the region of Marlborough. It was used in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the scene where the 13 Dwarves and Bilbo escape the woodland elves by riding down the rapids in their barrels!


Originally named Te Hoiere by the Māori people after the first canoe to travel to the South Island. The name translates to "the long paddle".

This is a beautiful location on tour and with us you will have the opportunity to kayak down this river and see exactly where all this filming took place! At the end of it you will be able to say you also hold the same title as Bilbo, a mighty Barrel Rider!


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