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  • Location:Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

Spend the morning or afternoon visiting Middle-earth on this half-day 'The Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. A guide with insider knowledge entertains Frodo fans on a journey into the scenic New Zealand countryside, plus locales like the Embassy Movie Theatre, site of the world premieres. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at LOTR movie production on a tour of Weta Studios and discover why director Peter Jackson selected this region to film the renowned trilogy along with ‘The Hobbit’ movies. 


  • Lord of the Rings half-day tour from Wellington
  • Explore Middle-earth and see famous sights from The Lord of the Rings movies
  • Visit the Embassy Movie Theatre where the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were screened
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Weta workshop, the studio that produced the digital special effects for The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour for those short on time. Your experienced and knowledgeable 'Lord of the Rings' specialist guides will take you to the best of Wellington's 'Lord of the Rings' locations in half a day.

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What You Can Expect

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

Weta Studios - Wellington

Start your half-day LOTR tour with hotel pickup in Wellington. Your guide is well-versed in The Lord of the Rings and shares insider knowledge about the Wellington film industry.

Your first stop is in the city’s nightlife district of Courtenay Place, site of the Embassy Movie Theatre. Stroll down the red carpet like a movie star and imagine watching the world premiere screenings of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with 100,000 Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf fans.

After a coach stop at Mt Victoria to soak up the views of Wellington’s city center and harbor, continue into the heart of Middle-earth at the ‘Green Belt,' where you may recognize forest scenes such as ‘Get off the Road’, ‘Race to the Ferry’ and ‘Shortcut to Mushrooms.’

Next up is a tour of director Peter Jackson’s production facilities at Weta Studios, located in ‘Wellywood,’ the center of Wellington’s movie industry. With an expert guide leading the way, see the 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition, visit the Weta Cave and learn about props and make-up, before watching a short film about the extraordinary digital special effects featured in the movies.

Don’t miss the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before concluding your tour in Wellington with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great to see some of the places where fixing occurred. The Weta Workshop tour was also fabulous. Craig was really knowledgeable, friendly and a expert guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is one of the best tours I ever have done. Craig our guide was really well informed and loved his subject. The staff at Weta Studios who truly love their job were amazing, a very talented group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Enjoyed the tour very much. Would do the full day tour next time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a ball. We were the only 2 people on the tour so get special attention and even experienced an earthquake!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Dude was great! Did the 1/2 day tour and it was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had a great time. Our guide was really excited about us seeing all the aspects of the tour. As we toured the sights where they shot scenes, Mike (our guide) showed the scenes on his iPad and pointed out exactly what part we were looking at and what elements of the scene were digitally added or shot somewhere else. I don't know if that's standard on these tours but I thought it was great. I felt the best part was Mike's knowledge and excitement about the material. It would be easy to have a guide who just brings you somewhere and shows you the sights, but having someone who obviously enjoys the subject and enjoys what they're doing makes all the difference.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Nathan (he was an elf!) was so nice and so much fun. We only had the half day tour in Wellingotn which is really beautiful. I wish we could have taken the whole day tour. Weta workshop is cool but they should make it bigger to see more of the props from the movies. I think they are working on it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The experience was amazing, the tour guides were very well presented and very informative , my children loved the whole experience and didn't complain once. NZ was breathtaking and will definitely be going back and doing this tour again. Thank you heaps for making the trip a memorable experience.

MJ Sydney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was fantastic! We had a blast with the others in our small group and Paul was such a great guide and full of knowledge about Wellington and all the movie goss :) highly recommend this tour. Naomi and Harley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great!!! pity I should've get the full day tour which includes a tour to Rivendell.

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