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Address: Kaitoke Regional Park | Waterworks Road Entrance, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-570 6666
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Step out of your car and immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest of...

Step out of your car and immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest of Kaitoke Regional Park. With its' ideal location set amid the backdrop of ageless Rata and Rimu (some estimated to be over 1200 years old!) It's no wonder it was chosen as the home of the elves in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Less than an hour from the Wellington CBD, Kaitoke Regional Park is a family friendly location, open to all abilities. It boasts walking, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking and kayaking amid an iconic landscape. From the experienced hiker to the day tripper there are activities to suit all ages including tracks that are completely accessible and buggy friendly.


Transport yourself to Middle Earth and picnic amongst the beauty of the 'Rivendell' film location from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Discover the Elvish Archway replica amid the home of the elves.


Extend your stay with a relaxed evening in our campground surrounded by beautiful, natural bush to explore all that the Park can offer.

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Fabulous day of nature!

If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, Rivendell is filmed here! Great place to see. However the highlight of the national park was the drawstring bridge that over looks the river... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, Rivendell is filmed here! Great place to see. However the highlight of the national park was the drawstring bridge that over looks the river & the hills. Simply Beautiful! So many spots for picnics & outdoor seating areas for the whole family. If you are feeling brave in these temperatures, there... More 

Thank Stacey U
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Our friend Lynda took us on a day trip from Upper Hutt to show us both the amazing forest of the Kaitoke Regional Park and the remaining elements of the Lord of the Rings set for Rivendell. The loop from the carpark takes you across a swing bridge, through some lovely fern gullies and back across a fixed bridge to... More 

Thank nocatnow
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing place to visit if you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings. The setting for filming the scenes of Rivendell complete with markers explaining the spots that were used. Beautiful scenery that takes you right back to the movies.

Thank Karen C
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Most tourists will make the 45 minute trek out to Kaitoke Regional Park for Rivendell, and perhaps come away disappointed at how little of the film magic remains. Top marks to the locals who erected the Elvish arch so you can go home with some photos, but the true beauty of this park lies just beyond Rivendell, on the 30-40... More 

Thank LucyKate
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

There are a lot of nice hikes in this park. Most of them are wooded, by the river or both. If you are going for the Lord of the Rings Rivendell spot the sets for the Elven scenes are not there, although there are drawings and mark-ups at the site so you can see where the different elven scenes were... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Actually, there is a well done monument to the filming of lotr. The day before, while on Mount Victoria in Wellington I heard someone complain that Rivendell (you did know that was mostly filmed here right?) Was just a couple of trees... well, I can sure you that it is slightly more than that, but not OTT (look it up).... More 

1 Thank Duncan P
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

Loved the gorgeous scenery in this park. Visited the area which was the actual film location for Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. A wonderful experience!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

a sunny spring day we decided to go for a wAlk in the park by the river. Lots of people took the opportunity too. Decided to take a look at the Rivendell gate that's been installed for awhile now there was a tour group there wow!! 15years after the movie it's still popular!

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park with some great walks. It also has bbq area and camping site. Riverdell part of this park area was used in the movie set "Lord of the rings", most of it has been removed from the park, but information about the filming is there for fans to read...and the area is now perfect for picnic.

Thank HanneTheresia
Oceanside, California
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

It's a nice drive into the park. Park in the car park and the old swing bridge is off to your right. Cross it and wander amongst typical New Zealand native bush. Learn about the ecosystem and study some true tall giants of the forest. Huge Northern Rata trees. Walk over bridges and see the Hutt River winding its way... More 

1 Thank Shane H

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