Kaitoke Park – Discovering Rivendell in New Zealand
‘Shadows had fallen in the valley below, but there was still a light on the faces of the mountains far above.
‘The air was warm. The sound of running and falling water was loud, and the evening was filled with a faint scent of trees and flowers’.
Welcome to Rivendell, as described by JRR Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings.
And as found in the form of Kaitoke Regional Park close to Wellington on the beautiful north island of New Zealand.
The park was the filming location for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s three part book (it also played the part of the Fords of Isen).
Containing nearly 2,500 hectares of forest, the park was home to early Maori walking routes linking the fertile plains of Wairarapa with Wellington and its port.
The Lord of the Rings tour visits Rivendell itself, allowing tourists to recapture the magical bright greens, babbling brooks and flittering light through the trees that created the home of the elves.