• Limestone rock formations
  • Picturesque landscapes
  • Nearby Waitomo Caves


Best known for its role as a filming location in The Hobbit trilogy, Piopio sits between the famous Waitomo Caves and rugged Taranaki Coast.

Piopio, with its picturesque landscapes and rolling farmland is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the nearby attractions.

The area is probably best known as a filming location for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Denize Bluffs was used for numerous scenes, one of which was Trollshaw Forest.

Just 30 minutes from the world-famous Waitomo Caves, the Piopio area also boasts dramatic limestone formations, forest walks and cycling routes. Stay in the small village of around 400 people and experience true Kiwi hospitality and try a locally-made berry ice cream at the Piopio orchard.

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