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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle. 


  • The Lord of the Rings filming locations tour of Glenorchy from Queenstown
  • See film sites like Ithilien Camp, Isengard, Forest of Amon Hen and Lothlorien and more
  • Admire breathtaking views along Lake Wakatipu and enjoy amazing photo opportunities
  • See additional sites where scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed
  • Listen to interesting facts about New Zealand's history, flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Meet your driver-guide upon hotel pickup in Queenstown and hop into a six-passenger 4WD for the picturesque drive to Glenorchy. You’ll see several South Island filming locations selected by director Peter Jackson and showcased in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. 

Hear fascinating commentary from your in-the-know guide, and stop for photo ops at landscapes you’ll instantly recognize, such as the Fortress of Isengard and Forest of Amon Hen. Approximately 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Glenorchy lies the countryside locale of Paradise, site of the Forest of Lothlorien. Your guide takes you to a charming village near the vivid waters of Lake Wakatipu, considered the ‘Gateway to Paradise.’

Make another stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the no-man’s-land between Gondor and Mordor, known to JRR Tolkien fans as Ithilien Camp. On the return to Queenstown, enjoy hot beverages with fruit cake and cookies, and get a glimpse of additional movie locations from other films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your half-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide Badger was fabulous. His knowledge of Middle Earth is amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Short and sweet, small group so makes it even more fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was fantastic! Our guide was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about showing us the most beautiful locations were the movies ' hobbit' and the LOTR was shot. Queenstown and its surrounding areas. Including Glenorchy is one of the most beautiful place we have ever been to. Definitely recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

the staff were very organized and even though each traveler had a different itinerary they were able to keep all the moving parts organized and accommodate everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our tour guide was great! Scenery is breathtaking. I would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Superb drive and guide. Great times

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tim was our guide and he was exceptionally good at what he does. His knowledge of the tour and NZ in general was appreciated. The tour itself was a lot of driving, but we did not have a lot of time, so it was perfect for us. We stopped along the way and took photos. Tim even had tea and cookies for us in a heavily wooded area -- we felt like we were in the movie! He also had costumes and props for us to try on...that was probably my daughter's favorite part!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Awesome tour guide, awesome view.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Wonderful tour and knowledgeable tour guide. Beautiful scenery and interesting locations. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Fantastic. Our guide, Paul, was very knowledgable and accommodating. Happy to stop at particular points for us to take photos, providing lots of information about the filming of the movie, matching the sites we were seeing with film locations and showing us pictures in his well thumbed book so we could visualise exactly where the action was filmed from where we were standing. Two teenage Lord of the Ring fans were thoroughly impressed, as were two mums who enjoyed the scenery and other tidbits of information offered about the history of the local area. Thanks Paul!

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