4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:  9 hours
Discover the many filming sites from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series that sit right on Wellington’s doorstep! As you check them out on this scenic day trip from New Zealand’s capital city, you'll see where the Orcs battled King Théoden and where Frodo recovered from his attack by Ringwraiths. You’ll also visit the largest colony of fur seals on the North Island, explore Palliser Bay’s lovely coastal scenery, and enjoy a wine tasting at one of Martinborough’s top wineries.


  • The Lord of the Rings movie locations and Palliser Bay day trip from Wellington
  • See Helm's Deep, Rivendell and other Middle-earth film sites
  • Drive through the charming towns of Featherston and Martinborough
  • Enjoy a light lunch at a rustic lakeside hotel
  • Visit the North Island’s largest fur seal colony on Cape Palliser Bay
  • Stop at a top vineyard in Martinborough for wine tastings

What You Can Expect

The Lord of the Rings and Palliser Bay Tour from Wellington

Rivendalle Bridge

After being picked up from your Wellington hotel, relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven through the city center and into the Lower and Upper Hutt valleys. Your knowledgeable tour guide will share interesting facts about Wellington’s history as you travel to your first filming site from The Lord of the Rings, the location of Helm's Deep, where the Orcs battled King Théoden of Rohan to overtake his stronghold.

You’ll also see where the Great River Anduin flowed through Middle-earth between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood, and visit Kaitoke Park, the location for Rivendell. See where Frodo’s recovery from the sword attack by the Ringwraiths was staged, and take a walk across the swing bridge to see the pristine river flowing below.

As your tour continues through the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges, your guide will point out local landmarks. Pass through the rural farming towns of Featherston and Martinborough before reaching the tiny settlement of Lake Ferry, where you’ll stop for lunch (included) at a country-style waterfront inn.

After lunch, your tour continues to Cape Palliser Bay, where you’ll have an up-close encounter with one of New Zealand’s largest fur seal colonies. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the 250 steps leading up to the Cape Palliser lighthouse for some stupendous coastal views.

On your return journey to Wellington, stop at a Martinborough winery for a tasting of New Zealand’s renowned wines. The region produces a range of wine varieties but is especially prized for its pinot noir.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was an excellent tour, a lot of traveling to get to various areas of the tour but our driver/guide Paul was the best. It was as if we had a friend in Wellington taking us around for the day. We just had some confusion on the pick location but once that was out of the way our tour was perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Perfect day. Our guide Brian was excellent, very knowledgable and definitely went the extra mile. We could not fault anything. The forest trip and seeing the seals at Cape Palliser was a real hi light. Brian's driving was very safe and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. Ross and Julia Walker and Ross and Maxine Houltham.

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