TROLL & CAMP FIRE SCENES Discover why this Piopio location near Waitomo was chosen by Sir Peter Jackson's team. Walk around the farm site where scenes were filmed for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - scenes like the campfire of the three trolls: William, Bert & Tom
THE AMAZING DENIZE BLUFFS Towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and a primeval forest on the Denize family farm became the location for Staddle Farm and the forest of the Trolls from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
TAKE A JOURNEY INTO A WORLD OF FANTASY Walk where the trolls walked, experience a real adventure as you explore one of the film locations for Peter Jackson's, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
A MAGICAL VALLEY NEAR WAITOMO... ...and the beautiful farm chosen by Sir Peter Jackson for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". He filmed the most location footage here!

'Denize Bluffs' Film Location near Piopio & Waitomo - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Visit the stunning Denize Bluffs and farm film location in the Mangaotaki Valley Piopio, near Waitomo. It's here that the troll and campfire scenes in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" were filmed.
The towering limestone Denize Bluffs, a primeval forest and massive rock formations on the Denize family farm became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws... 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 Mangaotaki Valley was always one of my favourite locations in "The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey" as it was the first 'new' location that Peter Jackson confirmed from all our scouting work."Jared Connon
Supervising Location Manager
3 Foot 7 Ltd, "The Hobbit"

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