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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 March 2016

Our guide was Emma and she was very interesting and informative. I very much enjoyed this tour. As we drove through Wellington to get to our first stop, Emma gave us interesting info about the city. We visited the area where the first part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed and Emma talked about how special effects were filmed and created. Very informative. We visited the studios where not only the Lord of the Rings special effects were created, but also where other special effects, props and studios are used for filming. An interesting tour.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A must for any LotRs and Hobbit fans. Great value for money.

Jessica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

fantastic knowledgeable friendly staff, beautiful locations and a great price. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a great tour. Nathan our guide was perfect in every way. I posted a much more detailed review but the site asked me to login again and I lost it so this time I will be brief!

Margie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was awesome! Would love to go back!
Wear appropriate footwear for short trek up Mt. Victoria.
Cameras are not allowed inside the Weta studio itself.

Janelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely loved every minute of this tour. Weta studios was fantastic.

Suzanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide, Laura, was very knowledgeable and a true LOTR fan. She had lots of inside information about the filming of the movies and has inspiredf me to come back home and watch them all over again so that I can see the places we visited. Thank you for a fabulous day.

James S

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.

Oliver Andre K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

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