Many of our readers will remember Dusty’s visit to Rivendell in May 2017, and the gorgeous day we had for our creating our road trips amazing movie.

  • Mae govannen, or well met.  Welcome to our visit to an interesting glimpse into Lord of the Rings movie fantasy.

We wanted to visit middle-earth and some of the pictures of our visit to Rivendell so you can take a closer look at the elven arch erected in 2016 in the Kaitoke Regional Park.

This wonderfully expansive park is just over half an hour from Wellington, nestled in the Akatarawa Valley, close to Upper Hutt.  It is paradise for those who love the outdoors. Here visitors hike, camp and take in the almost magical quality of the area.

Visit to Rivendell The half-size arch installed in 2015
The half-size arch was installed in 2015

Our Visit to Rivendell – Around the Arch

The Arch is surrounded by trees and bush, giving it a welcoming sylvan atmosphere. You can see this in Dusty’s movie below.

As ‘Imladris’, Rivendell was a haven for the elven folk, and it was here in ‘Rivendell’ that a key scene from the first movie was shot. Here Frodo volunteers to take The One Ring to Mount Doom to be destroyed, and the Fellowship of humans, elves and dwarven folk is formed to accompany him.

Here you can see Mum near the arch, she gives it a sense of scale. You can see it’s not a full elf size one.

We hope you enjoyed our return visit to Rivendell. It is a magical place, worth a trip when you come to see us in New Zealand.

Namaarie (Farewell)
The Dash Kitten Crew
Team Dash Kitten





Rivendell Road Trip from Dash Kitten Movie Crew .

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  1. Noodle

    August 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing!
    It’s a beautiful place…

    Noodle and crew


  2. Ellen Pilch

    August 20, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Very nice photos. I remember sweet Dusty’s trip there. XO


  3. The Menagerie Mom

    August 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I just love your Middle-Earth posts. Rivendell is beautiful!


  4. Roby Sweet

    August 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    That looks so cool! I would love to visit New Zealand one day.


  5. MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko/

    August 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Those elves would have loved that arch!
    One more thing to add to the growing bucket list…pawppy and petcretary were having such a discussion even at the supper mealtime!


  6. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    August 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Mom L always wanted to live in Rivendell or in Lothlorlien where the lady Galadriel rules


  7. Lone Star Cats

    August 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

    So pretty!


  8. The Swiss Cats

    August 15, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Rivendell is a beautiful place ! Purrs


  9. Brian

    August 15, 2017 at 5:17 am

    That really is such a pretty place, thanks for taking us along!


  10. mr puddy

    August 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Rivendell looks amazing !
    You know ? My daddy is a Kiwis but he is from Christchurch. I’m not sure he had been in Wellington.


  11. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    August 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    MOWZERS! That’s quite an arch!


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