Hairy Feet

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Visit New Zealand's stunning Denize Bluffs farm and tour where Sir Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the RingsTrilogy, filmed the most location screen time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  


The towering limestone cliffs, a primeval native forest and massive rock formations on this Piopio farm, near Waitomo became the location for Trollshaws Forest... and the home of "Sting"!

Join our personally guided tour and see where these scenes were filmed:

  • The Company arriving at a destroyed farmhouse

  • The exit from the cave containing the troll hoard

  • Gandalf bestowing the sword, "Sting" upon Bilbo

  • Radagast arriving

  • The Orcs and Wargs attacking

Have your photo taken standing in the exact spot where Bilbo received his magical sword, "Sting", from Gandalf.

The Tour:

After a short mini-van ride through a beautiful New Zealand working farm, you'll get to then walk through unusual rock formations, beneath spectacular limestone cliffs and into primeval native New Zealand forest.  Be entertained with stories about the farm and the film-making process and stand in the footsteps of the actors.

Transport to the film sites is in a modern comfortable mini-van (maximum 9 passengers) or in a modern side-by-side ATV.   At the film location sites there are well formed and maintained walking tracks. 

(Bring comfortable footwear and clothing to suit all weather conditions)

(Under Health & Safety Regulations we must provide a separate seat for everyone in our van. If you are bringing your baby, please ensure you have a regulation Baby Car Seat)

Hairy Feet

1411 Mangaotaki Road,

RD 1, Piopio 3971,

New Zealand

Daily Tours: 10am and 1pm
(arrive 15min prior to departure)

Tour Duration: 1.5hrs

Bookings essential

Adults: $50

Child (0-14): $25

Feeding Only:

$15 pp: Includes 1 cup of feed per person

Contact Us

Hampton Downs Information Centre

The Hub, 20 Hampton Downs Road

Te Kauwhata

09 280 6555

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