Pelorus River

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Te Hoiere / Pelorus River
Pelorus River from Pelorus Bridge.jpg
Pelorus River from Pelorus Bridge
Country New Zealand
Physical characteristics
River mouth Pelorus Sound
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Length 40 km (25 mi)

Te Hoiere / 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. You can take a guided kayak tour to experience this Hobbit filming location.

In August 2014, the river's name was officially altered to Te Hoiere / Pelorus River.[2]


  1. ^ Ian Allen (20 October 2011). "Hobbit scene to be shot in Marlborough". The Marlborough Express. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "NZGB decisions". Land Information New Zealand. August 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 

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