Get a behind-the-scenes look at nine ‘The Lord of the Rings’ locations around Wellington and learn about the filming of movies based on the popular books. On a tour of the New Zealand countryside, see re-created scenes of Middle-earth including the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, take a forest walk through Tolkien’s Rivendell, and step into Weta Studios for a movie production tour of digital special effects. Your guide shares insider gossip on how the movies were made and takes you to a themed lunch.
Explore the sets from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movie series at Hobbiton during this shore excursion. Cross Tauranga Harbour and head through the Kaimai mountain range en route to Hobbiton, the movie set location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Meet your guide at the Shires Rest to start your guided tour. Discover top sites including the famous party tree in Bag End. Finish your tour with an ale in the Green Dragon Inn and imagine yourself among your favorite characters.
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. 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.
Take a journey with us deep into Middle Earth and explore unique Lord of the Rings filming locations from Queenstown to Glenorchy and Mt Aspiring World Heritage National ParkFeel the trilogy come to life as you visit the breathtaking and magical landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings movies.Travel in small groups with local guides who have a real passion and knowledge of the area. Take in the diverse landscape of ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys. Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to the New Zealand animals and birdlife.Have piece of mind knowing you are booking a quality local tour as Pure Glenorchy has been running quality Lord of the Rings and Scenic tours since 2005. Local family owned & operated tour company that offer the real experience. We are one of the few companies that hold Department of Conservation Concessionaire permits to access Mt Aspiring National park.
Learn more about New Zealand’s Maori culture while enjoying a delicious hangi dinner located in a natural forest setting. This is the only place in the South Island where you can have such an experience. It’s a fun activity for travelers with all sorts of interests, including those who want to get a glimpse into Maori cultural traditions, as well as families.
Go behind the scenes of ‘The Lord of the Rings' and other blockbusters at Weta Workshop, the world’s leading special effects and prop studio. The informative and entertaining Weta Cave Workshop Tour gives you a glimpse into the film production of your favorite movies including the LOTR trilogy, 'Avatar' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Your tour includes convenient round-trip transport by minivan from central Wellington, eliminating the hassle of driving and parking.
Go off-roading near Lake Wakatipu on a thrilling 4WD adventure from Queenstown. With an expert guide at the wheel, your 4x4 navigates long-forgotten trails past former gold rush settlements. Hear entertaining commentary about this scenic region captured by ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. You'll see multiple LOTR filming sites while jolting down Skippers Canyon and splashing across the Arrow River.
Sitting on the top of the Otago Peninsula, Lanarch Castle is a popular Dunedin curiosity. When you visit, don’t just pop in and out as part of a large tour group – on this small-group tour to the Castle, spend over two hours exploring the historic central building and its nationally-recognized gardens. Learn about the Castle’s rich history from your guide, and with only a handful of people in your group, get answers to all your questions without any risk of being ignored.
Enjoy an off-road adventure in the wild of New Zealand on this half-day Wakatipu Basin 4-wheel drive tour from Queenstown. Cruise along off-road routes toward the Remarkables mountain range — widely used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Admire panoramic views over Deer Park Heights and the Kawarau Gorge, and then head onward to the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Traverse bumpy river crossings along the Arrow River, and pan for gold on the riverbank. Then gaze over the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak en route back to Queenstown.
Rolling Canterbury farmland lead you into this spectacular wonder of Mother Nature and the filming locations of many Lord of the Rings scenes. You can have your photo taken with some very recognisable LOTR memorabilia.Instantly recognisable by their grandeur, the Southern Alps divide the East from the West of the South Island of New Zealand. Forming part of the ‘Ring of Fire’ also known as the San Andreas fault line, be swallowed up with the share enormity of this stunning mountain range. Braided rivers, sheep, cattle, highly productive farmland, mountains and limestone formations, 30 million years in the making, make this tour a once in a lifetime event.It's flora and fauna is extraordinary.No stress, we drive, you relax & enjoy. Perfect!**** More than 4 or 5 people in your group? Larger groups by arrangement - ask for a quote.****Your driver/guide is a proud member of ProGuides NZ
Tour Napier’s distinctive Art Deco heritage in style on this vintage car tour of the city. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1930s as you drive past some of the city’s must-see buildings in a vintage Packard car. Your local guide will tell you all about the earthquake of 1931 and the Art Deco architecture that emerged afterwards, so you can just relax in the back seat.
Waiheke Island is an artsy and creative place, and on this tour you’ll discover the best of its arts scene with the help of a local guide. Visit sculpture parks, artists’ studios, and galleries while learning about the creative history of the island—and without the risk of getting lost on the trails! The walk is leisurely so is suitable for a variety of fitness levels.
See New Zealand's legendary landscapes as depicted in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy during an exhilarating 4WD adventure to Glenorchy. With an expert guide at the wheel, your 4x4 skirts along the edges of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to your destination, then navigates near-forgotten back roads. Hear entertaining commentary about this former gold mining region and stop at multiple LOTR filming sites while you bump along the glacier-carved valleys of this backcountry terrain.
First up we’ll be visiting Fix & Fogg where you can sample some of their delicious peanut butter with flavour galore! Next we’ll be taking a sweet little tour through NZ’s first certified organic, bean to bar chocolate makers. The guys at the Wellington Chocolate Factory will introduce you to the entire process of making chocolate and yes, you will get to taste it! Who doesn’t like a good movie? You might be really surprised at just how many big Hollywood block-busters were made in Wellywood. A trip to Weta Cave, (where The Lord of the Rings was brought to life), will open your eyes and your imagination to the world of TV & Film being created here.What better way to finish up than a tour of Southward Distilling? A small batch distillery producing some big tasting Gin. These guys love for experimenting have come up with some pretty amazing flavours which you’ll get to taste and if you like, take home.
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.
Beat the crowds with early access to the Hobbiton Movie Set, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed. Your guide gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at places normally only visited by the film crews. This small group includes round-trip coach transport from your Auckland hotel and breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn.
Ringer or not, you’re sure to enjoy this 'Lord of the Rings' air tour led by the aerial film pilot for the movie series. Fly above beautiful Queenstown, and see the spots filmed for the fictional places of Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien, the Misty Mountains, and the Redhorn Pass. See the mountain range from the opening scene of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,' and feel like you’re in Middle-earth.
Take in sweeping views of New Zealand’s mountains and Lord of The Rings backdrops during a 2.5-hour scenic helicopter flight from Christchurch. Fly over Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, Aoraki Mount Cook, and the Tasman Glacier during this epic helicopter tour. If the weather allows, your pilot lands on Aoraki Mount Cook where you have a short time to walk around and purchase refreshments at the village.
Offering beautiful scenery, spectacular natural features, and rich native culture, New Zealand is an outdoor-lover’s dream destination—with adventure waiting round every corner. On this private tour, hop into the saddle and hit the beach on horseback, sample fine wines at a traditional winery, and delve into New Zealand’s colorful art scene. With lunch plus pickup and drop-off in central Auckland included, experience the best of New Zealand’s countryside and culture.
Enjoy a rustic day out in nature, experiencing epic landscapes that featured in The Lord of the Rings films. Starting from Christchurch, this convenient tour will take you out to the Canterbury Plains and a working sheep station. There you can enjoy touring the countryside on a wagon pulled by large Clydesdale horses. This is a fun and relaxing way of experiencing the area, and a great alternative to hiking.
Discover Napier’s striking Art Deco architecture on this city tour. Admire the beautiful buildings of the Ahuriri and Marewa districts; see Art Deco landmarks such as the National Tobacco Building; and learn more about the distinctive design style. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Deluxe small group tour from Rotorua with your personal driver guide for the day!Discover and experience, Rotorua's most popular & unique visitor attraction Te Puia with highlights stops along the way. Walk through a landscape, where steam rises all around you, the water boils and geysers erupt high into the air. The mud pools bubble and jump and the earth is heated from geothermal activity under foot. Be in awe as you catch a rare sighting of the Kiwi bird in its nocturnal enclosure. This is the homeland of the Maori people! Listen and learn the history and stories on a fully guided tour, then take your seat to experience and expressive, meaningful cultural show with songs and dance including the world famous Haka.Explore Rotorua's top highlights including The Redwood Forest, Lake Rotorua, the Government Garden, Blue Baths, Rachels spring, Klamath rose gardens, the Museum and Kairua park. A perfect tour for everyone, which offers so much to see and do in just one day.
Auckland is the epicenter of New Zealand’s art scene, but the main museums and galleries are just the starting point. This private half-day art tour is led by a local art expert and is completely customized to your preferences, so you can seek out the coolest contemporary galleries, explore artist’s studios, learn more about traditional Maori art, or marvel at the city’s vibrant street art.
This 2.5-hour Napier History overview and Art Deco Tour will allow you to take in all the main Art Deco components this unique City has to offer. On this tour you will learn about Napier's history including the huge earthquake of 1931 and enjoy driving through many of the Art Deco areas including local suburbs, such as Ahuriri the home of the National Tobacco Building and Marewa where you will drive through a very lovingly kept and dozens of original 1930's Art Deco homes.As New Zealand's oldest Winery calls Napier home, you will also visit the Mission Estate and learn the fascinating history surrounding this Winery. This is a one of a kind tour designed for the short stay traveller..