1) Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve - Marlborough
This wild river is famous for its magnificent swimming, crystal clear water with its many bolder clad gorges. It is also classified as one of the cleanest and purest water sources - drink a cupful and you’ll surely agree. The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy refreshing native forest and wild river scenery, it is also considered one of the most accessible examples of virgin native forest in the Marlborough area with a mix of beech and podocarp growing in the river valley. The river was also used as a film location for The Hobbit trilogy in the movie ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.
Getting There: The Pelorus River is at the northern end of the South Island in the Marlborough region located approximately midway between Blenheim and Nelson where State Highway 6 crosses the Pelorus River at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.
Don’t jump off the Bridge: 15 meters (49 feet) above the Pelorus river the Pelorus Bridge overlooks the Pelorus river, it is hard to judge just how deep the water is at any given time and unfortunately there have been instances of broken arms, legs and ribs with some fatalities – no thanks!