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

Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

Venture to Middle-earth to see where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. On a half-day or full-day tour, an insider guide escorts you to movie locations in the Wellington area. Stop at landmarks that were featured as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm's Deep, Rivendell and more. Hear behind-the-scenes fun facts as you take in the gorgeous scenery of the North Island. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch (full-day option only) are included on this small-group tour, limited to only six passengers. 


  • New Zealand film locations tour from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • See the beautiful natural attractions of the North Island that served as Middle-earth
  • Visit the sites of Rivendell, the River Anduin, Lothlorien and more
  • Choose either a 4- or 8-hour tour to suit your schedule — hotel transport provided
  • Morning or afternoon tea included; lunch provided on full-day tour
  • Small-group tour limited to just six people provides a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

See filming locations from 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy!

Channel your inner Gandalf or Frodo as you explore the natural features of Middle-earth surrounding Wellington. Choose a 4-hour or 8-hour tour of The Lord of the Rings outdoor filming locations, traveling to each North Island site by comfortable coach with your small group. Morning or afternoon tea is provided during each tour.

Half-Day Tour (4 Hours):
Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup in the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected). Set off into the countryside and listen to entertaining commentary from your guide — a knowledgeable Middle-earth enthusiast. 

Glimpse the outskirts of the Shire, the River Anduin and the Gardens of Isengard, and view the quarry featured as Helm's Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor. You’ll visit the site of Rivendell, the riverbank where Aragorn washed up after the Warg attack and the spot where Gandalf rode to see Saruman.

End your half-day itinerary with panoramic views from Mt Victoria lookout before hotel drop-off in Wellington.

Full-Day Tour (8 Hours):
The morning portion of your full-day tour includes the same Middle-earth sites from the half-day option, including morning tea and lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, your guide takes your small group to Fernside Lake — aka, Lothlorien and the Gladden fields. LOTR fans will recognize the lakeside where Deagol and Smeagol fought for the ring. Your guide points out the white bridge featured as Lothlorien Bridge before continuing on to Miramar. Here, appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at the region where director Peter Jackson, along with many of the stars and crew, lived and worked during film production. 

Finish on a high note at Weta Cave, where you can watch an interview with Peter Jackson and a video on the making of the LOTR trilogy. If you’d like, purchase collectibles at the souvenir shop before your tour ends in Wellington.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was amazing and so was my guide Michael. We went to heaps of locations and he gave us lots of information regarding The Lord Of The Rings, and to go to weta workshop as well was amazing. To top it all off you get to go somewhere special at the end. It's after your main tour around Wellington and weta workshop that you go to an iconic place, but I'll let you figure it out what it is. So do the tour!

Thank you very much!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Comfortable vehicle and provision of morning refreshments very welcome. Not too much time spent driving from location to location. Very knowledgable tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

one word excellent

Dianne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Andrea our guide was fun, informative and we had an unforgettable experience. Loved every minute of it and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing the same tour we did. Thank you for making our holiday that much better.

Craig H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2010

Fantastic - the guide really knew his stuff and made the trip so worthwhile. Thanks and recommended.

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2009

A very enjoyable tour! We took the half day tour, and for any Lord of the Rings fan we think that it is a big must-do whilst in Wellington. Our tour guide picked us up from the hotel and gave us an informative tour regarding every aspect of the Lord of the Rings. We would highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Excellent! A must see tour for anybody who saw the movies and even for those who didn't, just for the sake of saying I have been there and make friends jealous. It allowed me to see the locations from a real-life and naked angle as nothing replaces an on-site experience!

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

The tour was good. Was expecting a bit more as what the website describes. Was a bit disappointed that your website shows photos of the hobbit holes yet you don't see them. Think the website needs to be updated.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

We lived it but did not realize in advance it was a tour in a bus of the outside sites of the movie locations. There was no real description of the event. But we loved it

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

Our guide had an excellent knowledge of the LOTR movies and his behind the scenes stories were really interesting. Having the photos and film clips on the ipod really showed the locations. The 4 hours went so fast and the muffin for morning tea was a lovely surprise. Well worth going if you are a fan of the movies.

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