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Visit this stunning Denize Bluff farm at Piopio where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the "Trollshaws Forest" scenes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Here Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin & Company encounter 3 large trolls. See why this site has the honour of being the biggest on-screen location. Get to stand in the footsteps of the original actors while walking though amazing scenery.

Have your photo exactly where Bilbo gets "Sting" from Gandalf. Journey along the base of towering limestone cliffs and experience the unusual rock formations, all nestled amongst primeval New Zealand bush ( forest).

Spend 90 minutes in a different time as this special place transports you back to a primeval era. An enjoyable tour for more than just Tolkien Fans.

Facilities and Services

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$60 (Adult)
(December 1 - May 1)
$30 (Child, 14 and under))


Business Hours
Tours twice daily, 10am & 1pm. Please check in 15 minutes before departure. Bookings advisable.
Months of Operation
All Year


Proximity To Airport
Hamilton Airport - 98km or 1hr 20min
Proximity To Coach Terminal
37km from Te Kuiti or 35 mins
Proximity To Town
15km from Piopio or 15 mins drive


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