3 Day Golden Bay & Hobbit Film Locations Itinerary
A three day itinerary that includes gorgeous Golden Bay and several film locations featured in The Hobbit
One of the best ways to see two major film sites is by helicopter with Reid Helicopters. Visit Mt Olympus and the site South of Rivendell where the Fellowship hide from the crebain, Saruman's black crows in the Fellowship of the Ring. Fly south west for a double Rings flight and visit Mt Owen, Dimrill Dale as the Fellowship escapes from the Mines of Moria. The flights over the Kahurangi National Park will be a highlight of trip around New Zealand.
Before leaving Nelson City, make sure you visit the One Ringmaker at Jens Hansen Jewellers.
Day 1: Do a half-day or full-day trip in the Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, Wilsons Abel Tasman or Abel Tasman Seashuttle. Then drive one hour from Kaiteriteri over the Takaka Hill and arrive in Golden Bay. Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans can stop off at Caanan Downs at the top of Takaka Hill and visit Chetwood Forest from Lord of the Rings: An Unexpected Journey. Also filmed at Caanan Downs are the Anduin Grasslands and Beorn's House from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Day 2: A highlight of this three-day itinerary will be a trip with Farewell Spit Eco Tours out to the world-recognized bird sanctuary on Farewell Spit. A nature and bird-lovers delight. Allocate a full day as trips are tide dependent.
Day 3: Lord of the Ring and Hobbit fans will enjoy visiting Salisbury Falls (Aorere River) where the scene of Tauriel & Legolas meet before heading into Lake-town in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. If you have time, drive out towards Wharariki Beach and take a horsetrek with Cape Farewell Horsetreks to ride to the scene filmed on Kaihoka Station where the Company arrives at a destroyed farmhouse from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.