Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
The Lord of the Rings filming locations tour of Glenorchy from Queenstown
See film sites like Ithilien Camp, Isengard, Forest of Amon Hen and Lothlorien and more
Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery
Admire breathtaking views along Lake Wakatipu and enjoy amazing photo opportunities
See additional sites where scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed
Listen to interesting facts about New Zealand's history, flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide
Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle ensures a more personalized experience
Meet your driver-guide upon hotel pickup in Queenstown and hop into a six-passenger 4WD for the picturesque drive to Glenorchy. You’ll see several South Island filming locations selected by director Peter Jackson and showcased in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
Hear fascinating commentary from your in-the-know guide, and stop for photo ops at landscapes you’ll instantly recognize, such as the Fortress of Isengard and Forest of Amon Hen. Approximately 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Glenorchy lies the countryside locale of Paradise, site of the Forest of Lothlorien. Your guide takes you to a charming village near the vivid waters of Lake Wakatipu, considered the ‘Gateway to Paradise.’
Make another stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the no-man’s-land between Gondor and Mordor, known to JRR Tolkien fans as Ithilien Camp. On the return to Queenstown, enjoy hot beverages with fruit cake and cookies, and get a glimpse of additional movie locations from other films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your half-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Our tour guide Kevin is so knowledgeable and hospitable - thank you thank you thank you! We enjoyed listening to the highlights along our drive to Glenorchy and were super excited to see the set locations in real life.
The views were breathtaking and there were many moments during our drive that made my heart sigh with joy. And the highlight of the trip was us posing in costumes and props and taking our LOTR shot.
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans our dog is even named after one of the characters, so we did quite a few LOTR tours while in New Zealand. We were extremely happy with this tour. The scenery was gorgeous. Yes, you could probably drive to these places yourself, but would most likely get lost. It helped having a tour guide know where we were going. Our favorite spot was playing with the swords in the forest. We had an epic battle scene that made the tour.
I was hesitant about taking this tour as I figured it would be hokey Lord of the Rings stuff. I am NOT a LOTR buff, but wanted to see the scenery. I am so glad I went! Our tour guide was an old hippie who knew his stuff, told fascinating stories and was great with the small group. I can't even begin to describe the scenery. Highly recommend!
Santiago, our tour guide, was just the best! We can tell how passionate he is with the movies that were filmed in these sites, especially The Lord of the Rings. He was not only a good storyteller, he was very helpful and very friendly. Thanks!
Our guide Renato was great! Very adaptable to our group which included some who had not seen the films. Photos of the scenes from the film to show you were really there was great! Only thing I will mention is it said lunch so we didn't eat before hand and there was a tea break but otherwise very good. Comfortable ride and beautiful sites.