- Visit the largest seal colony in the North Island
- Visit a Lord of the Rings site at Kaitoke
- View the beautiful Cape Palliser Bay Lighthouse
- Enjoy lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel
- Delight in wine tastings in Martinborough
What You Can Expect
Continue on to find Middle-earth’s Great River Anduin and visit Kaitoke Park, aka Rivendell. See where Frodo recuperated from his sword attack by the Ringwraiths and, if you’re feeling adventurous, cross a swing bridge suspended over the rushing river below.
Your guide remarks on the area’s natural landmarks as you journey through the Rimutaka and Tararua ranges and the country towns of Featherston and Martinborough. You’ll have time for lunch in Lake Ferry, provided at a waterfront inn.
Then continue your tour through the lovely coastal scenery of Cape Palliser Bay, where you’ll get up close to the largest fur seal colony in the North Island. If you wish, huff up the 250 steps to Cape Palliser Lighthouse for more spectacular views.
Then relax on the return drive to Wellington, stopping for wine tasting at a Martinborough winery, including the region’s prized pinot noir, before hotel drop-off.
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.
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.
Clare B United Arab Emirates
Suzanne E USA
Note - there are some difficult walking areas on the LOTR tour, there's a swing bridge which is very narrow and sways nervously above a rushing river, wide enough for one person. Also, there's a Lighthouse at Palliser Bay that has 200 very steep stairs up a hillside. They're both optional but just FYI if nervous of heights. I went halfway took some nice photos. Too windy! Also, and this is true of all the tours I did, lunch sucked. Just a lame NZ sandwich which the tour pays for but still. Need more sustenance. Was starving by the time tour ended.
Also, if you go in winter get a Marmot hardshell and North Face softshell, and wear layers. You won't regret it! I'm so glad I had mine handy. Plus outdoor shoes, not tennies. Good grip soles.
Paul W USA
Was an amazing experience, possibly a little pricey for what it was but i would recommend something like this.
We booked into this tour as we were not overly familiar with the LOTR movies so thought we should combine some LOTR sights with other more general sight seeing. We found the first half of the tour which concentrated on the LOTR shooting sights interesting. The fish and chips included lunch was also scrumptious. The second half of the tour involved travelling out to Palliser Bay and then a vineyard. This involved a lot of driving so we seemed to be in the car more than outside sightseeing, probably too much distance for a one day trip. Think the itinerary could be restructured to perhaps offer LOTR and then several options, for example there were some small towns we passed that may have been more interesting to browse in. Or perhaps several vineyards could be included. Our son took another Viator tour that focussed on just LOTR, based on his feedback, this seemed to be a lot more interesting and fun, and also tailored for people not familiar with LOTR movies. Our tour experience may also have been impacted by the fact there was just the two of us, we had expected there to be a small group.