Pelorus River Access / Totara...

Pelorus River Access / Totara Walk


21 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

5 Pelorus

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View from Pelorus Bridge
You go girl!


Time: 5 min

The River Access track branches off the Totara track and leads through mature NZ beech forest to the Pelorus river. A gorgeous swimming hole and picnic spot, there are big rocks to jump off into the river and a view up to the historic Pelorus Bridge.

A swim in the Pelorus feeds the soul - brave the temperature and get in the drink!


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPelorus


  • Walking
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 21.

Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

06Oct18. Nice walk. Ok toilets but better ones the other side of the road by the cafe.
Bridge may be historic but not so pretty. The river is good. A guy had a dip when we were there. He gasped somewhat so I think it was cold!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Carina Weber's avatar

Carina Weber


Ranking: 10/10

Such a lovely walk along the river and a beautiful spot.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

Agathe Ledein's avatar

Agathe Ledein


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful waterfall and good for the body because you have to walk until you are there!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jessica Pein


Ranking: 8/10

Loved the Pelorus River as it is one of the spots of the Hobbit. Could really imagine how the dwarfs drifted down the river. Lovely green colour of the water as well! Some sandflies!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Deniz Wintermeyer


Ranking: 8/10

A lovely river where footage of the second instalment of the Hobbit triology was taken. If you liked the movie, you definitely have to go there.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Anna Urbanova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place, nice and absolutely clear water.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Kim Heimberg


Ranking: 10/10

Day trip with picnicking and swimming. One of the nicest places I have ever seen.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Bobbie Swartman


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful river! The walk in was very easy. The river was quite brisk, middle of October might be too cold to swim for most, but we still got in there. Wonderful stop!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Felten Feldt's avatar

Felten Feldt


Ranking: 10/10

Stunning river with awesome rock formation. Even in winter time it is possible to swim... Really cold but still worth it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jakob Kofoed

Ranking: 10/10

Don't miss bathing here!!!! One of the most beautiful places to take a swim in New Zealand.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Michael Steimel


Ranking: 8/10

After a walk just jump into the water, also jump from some stones, not too cold.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

I aways feel refreshed after after a dip in these waters, fantastic swimming holes

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

It's very hard to fault this place. Our family stops here whenever we head south (and back north) for summer. The river swimming is as good as it gets and you see trout more often than not. It's not by chance that The Hobbit will be filming here. Pristine.

Reviewed over 9 years ago