Piopio (Waitomo) Film Location – "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Visit the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio, near Waitomo, where the troll and campfire scenes in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" were filmed.
Towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and a primeval forest 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.
Suzie Denize, owner of 'Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour', shares her memories about the preparation and filming... read more →
You'll find us at 1411 Mangaotaki Road in Piopio, New Zealand read more →
ABOUT OUR TOUR
Join our guided tours through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley farm near Piopio featured in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"... read more →
Warrick and Suzie Denize are the third generation of the Denize family on this Mangaotaki Valley property near Piopio. read more →
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 Connonread more testimonials →
Supervising Location Manager
3 Foot 7 Ltd, "The Hobbit"
Fun Filming Fact
8 months of planning, 500 people and a week of location filming...
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"All for 6 minutes and 30 seconds of actual location footage on screen! This is major air time, I'm told, and we had the honour of having the most screen time of any location in New Zealand in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" The Mangaotaki Valley starts its debut at about 55 minutes into the film with the spooky Trollshaws Forest.
Several pivotal scenes were filmed here on our farm with dwarves, wizards and a wee Hobbit running around underneath our cliffs and through the rocks and bush. The whole Mangaotaki segment lasts about 20 minutes. Lots of clever computer graphic work made the three mountain trolls, the huge wargs (wolves) and sleigh rabbits come to life on the screen."
Suzie Denize – Owner
'Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour'