Pelorus River

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Pelorus River
Pelorus River from Pelorus Bridge.jpg
Pelorus River from Pelorus Bridge
Mouth Pelorus Sound
Basin countries New Zealand
Length 40 kilometres (25 mi)
Mouth elevation 0 metres (0 ft)

The Pelorus River is a river at the northern end of South Island of New Zealand in the region of Marlborough. It flows from the Richmond Range into Pelorus Sound. This area is fantastic for camping and is renowned for its magnificent river swimming where the Pelorus River runs through a gorge at Pelorus Bridge.

At Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, the river was used as a film locations for the barrel rider scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.,[1] which increased its popularity for river rafting.


  1. ^ Ian Allen (20 October 2011). "Hobbit scene to be shot in Marlborough". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 41°16′S 173°45′E / 41.267°S 173.750°E / -41.267; 173.750