The spot now known as Rivendell at Kaitoke Regional Park was a significant location site for the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also known as Imladris, Rivendell was built as a refuge and rallying place for elves.
Although there are no physical reminders of the filming activity, Rivendell is a flat grassy and sheltered area surrounded by beautiful native bush, with information boards detailing the work taken to create the site.
In 2015, in conjunction with Adventure Safari Tours, the Greater Wellington Regional Council officially opened an Elvish Archway replica in the Rivendell site. This replica gives visitors a view into the life of Kaitoke Regional Park as Rivendell.
To get to Rivendell just follow the directional signs from the park entrance. It is only a few steps away from the Pakuratahi Forks carpark, so is an ideal picnic spot for all the family. Shallow river swimming and beautiful bush walks are very close to hand, while the campground is a 20 minute walk away.
The following companies are licensed to run tours here:
You will also find filming locations for other Lord of the Rings sites along the Hutt River Trail. In Harcourt Park you will find the site of Isengard, the ancient Gondorian fortress at the southern end of the Misty Mountains, facing Rohan. Between Moonshine and Totara Park the river was the site for The Great River Anduin.