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 Travellers Choose This Tour
This half-day tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and lets you choose morning or afternoon departure.
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.
I was in Wellington several years ago and went to the Weta Workshop and had an amazing experience. This time it fell way short of the mark. I wanted to immerse myself in the creativity of Weta (which is immense) but the new space has an exhibition feel about it, including a video to watch about the founding of Weta (interesting but no interaction). The other part of the LOTR section of the tour was a wander into the forest to see where parts of the film were made. It was interesting and thankfully Wayne, our guide, had stills from the film to help jog memories. From the advertising of the tour, I (mistakenly it seems) thought that there'd be orcs in the forest for us to have pics with but it was just a walk in the forest. If you're a fan of the films (as I am), it's a good experience. As a stand-alone tour, it was good and I can recommend it. Based on previous experience, I think I was expecting that little X factor to make it excellent.
Our guide was great and had us cracking up the whole time! Even as a huge lord of the rings fan I still learned a bunch. Weta cave was amazing as well. Incredible what they do there and everyone was so knowledgeable and nice!
We did the Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour on our Cruise Trip 2018. We had the pleasure of having Jack O'connor as our Private tour guide for the afternoon. Jack was great! he drove us around and talked passionally about Wellington and Weta studio. Despite the fact the first film was released back in 2001, now almost 20 years we still share the memories of the film with such enthusiasm, as we revisited the forest scene where the hobbits first encounter the Nazgûl. Then it was off to Weta Studio workshop where we got to see alot of the production works from films Weta worked on...Overall had a great time made even better with our tour guide Jack. I had 2 young kids with us and Jack kept them entertained all the way. Highly recommended this tour and if you're luck enough to get Jack as your guide even better :