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The Lord of the Ring Tours from Wellington

By Viator, November 2014

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In the first half of the 20th century, an English academic called Tolkien dreamed up a world called Middle-earth, largely based on his childhood in Birmingham, Middle England. The result was the written trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. In the first years of the 21st century, a New Zealand filmmaker called Jackson took those stories of Middle-earth and made them into visual feasts, a trilogy of films – The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002 and Return of the King in 2003. Peter Jackson also turned to the landscapes of his childhood for Middle-earth, but halfway across the world, in the stunning landscapes of New Zealand.

At home in Wellington, Jackson had at his fingertips a diverse array of landscapes and locations that would make filmmakers around the world envious. He chose the rolling hills of Matamata for Hobbiton, the volcanic region of Mt Ruapehu as the fiery Mt Doom where The Ring was forged and Queenstown and its surroundings for the Eregion Hills, the Pillars of Argonath and other scenic locations.

His use and adaptation of the landscape was so visionary and so committed that many sites where filming took place have been kept as he left them – you can visit the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf rode to see Saruman and Orcs felled the trees, the River Anduin where Aragon was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs, and Helms Deep. The magnificent Fernside Lodge was used for Lothlorien and the white bridge lives on keeping Lothlorien alive. Rivendell, where Frodo recovered from his knife attack, still resounds with storytelling.

The Lord of the Rings on film won a total of 17 Academy Awards, a mammoth haul, and firmly put New Zealand on the map as a place to make movies – both for its talented actors and crews and for its amazing natural beauty. Middle-earth became a real and lasting place in the world. Now that’s a testament to good storytelling.

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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 110 Reviews

Explore Middle-earth on this 'Lord of the Rings' location tour. Re-create scenes from 'The Lord of the Rings' book and movies, and see how Middle-earth was ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.68

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.84

Palliser Bay and Coastal Delights Tour from Wellington

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Get off the beaten track with this tour to Palliser Bay! Visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi where you can take in the stunning views of this ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $152.47

Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

See Middle-earth for yourself on this scenic tour of The Lord of the Rings outdoor filming locations in the Wellington area. Travel around in a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 or 8 hours

From USD $121.29

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