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  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:  4 or 8 hours
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 vehicle, stopping at locations that served as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm Deep, Rivendell and more. As you channel your inner Gandalf or Frodo, hear fun facts and insider commentary from a guide. Refreshments are included. Choose either a half-day or full-day tour; each is limited to only six passengers, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 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!

While most of the structures from The Lord of the Rings films have been removed, the scenery surrounding Wellington remains an image of Middle-earth. Tour the area by comfortable air-conditioned bus, listening to commentary and behind-the-scenes stories from your guide, a knowledgeable Middle-earth enthusiast.

Half-Day Tour (4 hours):
Your Middle-earth film locations tour starts with pickup in Wellington in either the morning or afternoon, depending on option selected. With your guide, set off into the countryside to see the spectacular North Island locations where scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed.

Visit the filming sites for the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard and the River Anduin; discover the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor; and see where the Hobbits raced to the ferry. See the site that served as Rivendell when Frodo recovered from his knife attack, the location of the river where Aragorn washed up after the Warg attack and the place where Gandalf rode to see Saruman.

You’ll also head up to the Mt Victoria lookout for photo ops and panoramic views of the city. During the tour, morning or afternoon tea is provided.

Your tour ends when you return to your departure point in Wellington.

Full-Day Tour (8 hours):
After departing Wellington in the morning with your guide, take off on an entertaining journey through the Wellington region. This full-day tour takes in all of the Middle-earth sites from the half-day tour, as well as a few others.

The morning portion of your adventure follows the same itinerary as the half-day tour, including a snack for morning tea. Then enjoy an outdoor lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit beautiful Fernside Lake, which was used during filming as part of Lothlorien and the Gladden fields. Admire the lakeside spot where Smeagol and Deagol fought for the ring, and see the white bridge that serves as a reminder of the Lothlorien bridge.

The full-day tour also includes a visit to Miramar, where many of the films’ stars and crew, including Peter Jackson, lived and worked during production. Your last stop is Weta Cave, a souvenir shop and mini-museum where you can purchase collectibles and watch an interview with Peter Jackson and a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the film trilogy.

Your day tour ends with return to your departure point 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
Australia

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
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2010

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

W L N
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!
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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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