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Driving Mr Dusty Video Showcase – Rivendell

Driving Mr Dusty Video Showcase – Rivendell

Our road trip cat driving Mr Dusty visits Rivendell

The video only takes a brief two minutes of your time so, grab a mug of coffee, sit back and relax as we head to a magical corner of New Zealand; Lord of the Rings Country.

“Hello all, Dusty here with another trip to a corner of New Zealand many moviegoers may recognise from the silver screen.

Rivendell, in Lord of the Rings, is the home of Elven folk, and has a long and complex history. The ‘movie’ Rivendell, in particular, is noted for the scenes set during the Council of Elrond in The Fellowship of the Ring. 

The Council may sound like a dull meeting of exotic multi-species high ups; Elves, Humans, Dwarves and Hobbits, but it is here that, for the first time, the characters assemble to become the Fellowship of the Ring, which helps one small Hobbit destroy the evil ‘One Ring’.

Cute Dusty Cat visits Rivendell
Me at the Council of Elrond!

The movie location is now a gorgeous park and recreation area, Kaitoke Regional Park, which covers 2,860 hectares (11 sq. miles) of the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. It is popular with hikers, campers and those after a more gentle stroll.

The high, bush-clad hills, divide New Zealand’s Lower North Island roughly in two down a vertical. The western side is the Wairarapa wine and farming district, and the eastern side is the Kapiti coast area, a popular Summer holiday spot for beach holidays.

Rivendell Arch from LOTR
Check out the Departure Arch 1/2 scale from ‘Fellowship of the Ring’!

You can see me posing on top of my cosy purrito blanket on the front of the smaller scale model of the arch ‘through which the heroes depart’ to save the world! It was such awesome fun to visit and to feel the magic of this peaceful, and glorious, place.

I hope you enjoy our video, I am such a lucky cat to head out on these fabulous road trips and have you all along for the ride!”

How do I visit Rivendell?

Also known to Ring fans as Imladris, Rivendell means “deep valley of the cleft” there are places where you feel surrounded by high hills and deep river beds.

Kaitoke Regional Park covers 2860 hectares in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, which are a range of spectacular hills that divide the Kapiti coast from the Wairarapa farming and winemaking areas.  Steep, bush-clad hills, and the Hutt River gorge make this a special place, and the centuries-old rata, rimu and beech forest are features in this gorgeous natural setting. You can camp here too!

Rivendell Arch from LOTR

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14 thoughts on “Driving Mr Dusty Video Showcase – Rivendell”

  1. WOW, Dusty, what a fantastic day out! The movie is as spectacular as the scenery, and that arch was extra special. If you were one of the cast I bet you would be Aragorn, the Ranger of the North, as you are quite as handsome. Purrs ERin

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  2. Wow! That is so exciting that you got to go to Rivendell, Dusty! What a magical place! My human is so envious, ’cause she is a Lord of the Rings fan! I am envious, too, that you get to have such an adventure! Did you see any elves? I would’ve loved to climb up one of those trees! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Oh it was Valentine, Mum insisted in videoing EVERYTHING * grin* We didn’t see any Elves but I reckon with so many people well over 6 feet that they are in disguise!

      Dusty

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  3. Wow, such a magical trip! That is one of my favorite movies! How neat that you got to visit Rivendell! Enjoy your adventures, Dusty!!

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  4. Dusty, this truly does look like a magical place, and we are happy your humans took you on a road trip and you got to enjoy it. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  5. It’s good to see you out and about, Dusty! That’s the way to live out loud without fear … I admire that, you handsome devil!

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  6. Happy Middle Earth Monday! Thanks so much for taking us along and for the video. What a wonderful day you had with Mom and Dad.
    Luvs
    Marty and the Gang

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