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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

Last Modified: 21-2-2019 3:45

Suspension bridge in Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Suspension bridge in Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve preserves a remnant of the mixed podocarp forest that once filled the Pelorus Valley before extensive milling cleared the land. The land is preserved as a scenic reserve due to the foresight of the commissioner of Crown lands in Blenheim, Mr. W. H. Skinner, who made a strong representation to have the area retained as a reserve, which it was declared on October 13, 1912 by the Govenor General. 

The reserve includes a DOC camp ground, a popular cafe, and the river is a popular swimming spot in the summer. The reserve also supports a population of endangered long tailed bats, which along with short tailed bats, are New Zealand's only endemic land mammals.

There are a number of short walking tracks through native bush, with interpretive signs in various locations identifying native species and explaining the forest habitat.

The area was featured as a location where dwarves navigated a river in barrels  in one of the Hobbit films directed by Peter Jackson.

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