• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 209.38 View price calendar

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Visit Edoras of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame on this full-day excursion by 4WD vehicle to the peak of New Zealand’s Mt Sunday. Get a look at exclusive photos of Edoras under construction and learn from a knowledgeable LOTR guide about its transformation from tranquil countryside to mythical capital city of the Rohan people. Pose with replica props from the popular trilogy, such as Aragorn’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch plus a picnic lunch with sparkling wine.


  • 9-hour 'Lord of the Rings' adventure to mystical Edoras, from Christchurch
  • Enjoy 360 degree views of the mountainous terrain from the summit of Edoras
  • Hear informative and entertaining commentary from your friendly guide
  • See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction
  • Handle movie replicas such as King Theoden’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan
  • Sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with Champagne
  • Includes round-trip travel from your Christchurch hotel

What You Can Expect

Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

Your The Lord of the Rings day trip to the fictional village of Edoras in New Zealand’s Canterbury Region begins with morning pickup from your hotel. Hop into the 4WD vehicle for a drive west to Mt Sunday, better-known to LOTR fans as Edoras — the capital of Rohan and home to Meduseld, the hall of King Theoden.

You’ll bump along rocky terrain and traverse narrow streams en route to Edoras. On arrival at the movie site, follow in the footsteps of the noblewoman Eowyn, and stand at the summit for 360-degree views over alpine lakes, mountain peaks and high-country farmland below.

Your guide shares behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction and points out significant geographical features of Middle-earth, including the Misty Mountains, the river Snowbourn and the valley of Harrowdale against the imposing Helms Deep. Learn why this particular site was selected by director Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Enjoy a picnic lunch (see the Itinerary for a sample menu) with a glass of sparkling wine, and pose for photos with replica props such as the flag of Rohan, Gimli’s axe, or the sword of Aragorn or King Theoden. Then hop back in your 4WD vehicle for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your Edoras excursion comes to an end.


Customer Reviews

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Long ride but the destination was worth it.

Zheng X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The guide was very nice, 4-wheels drive car was great, the view in the mountains was wonderful

Jeffrey Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The Edoras is hard to drive to so a tour is definitely a better option. When I booked the tour I had the doubt if it might be worth it but after the whole day I’d say it is definitely worthwhile. Very helpful and friendly driver and tour guide contributed to a very organised day trip.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Good trip. Interesting conversations.

Lucy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a brilliant tour, well worth the money and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is staying in Christchurch. The tour guide was informative and entertaining, including everyone in the tour and full of interesting information. He had lots of information about the places we were seeing as well as New Zealand as a whole. To be able to stand on top of Mt Sunday, especially with the snow creating a winter wonderland effect, was excellent. This tour made my holiday and I would definitely look at similar tours in the future.

Shirley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We enjoyed this tour with the wonderful picnic lunch and the climb to the top of Mount Sunday. Our guide was fun and helpful. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Kevin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent day out, comfortable vehicle, great friendly and knowledgable guide and then the views... Oh, my the views! They're amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This 1-day tour is simply amazing. It does not matter if you are not a fan of Lord of the Rings. The trip in the 4x4 car is nice, as well as the informative and joking talk of the tour guide I am sorry I can't remember his name. The timing of the tour is also worth as you can't feel anyone is hurrying up and you also can't feel you are slacking around and wasting your time. The lunch is provided at a hostal in the surrounding area of Mount Sunday and involves a sandwich, champagne and a biscuit. Personally, I did not drink champagne so I would vote to have Neo Zealand wine as a B option -they also provide orange juice. Not mentioning the landscape which is simply breathtaking. I would certainly take this tour once again.

Sarah J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Great trip with amazing scenery. Walk to the top of Mount Sunday, particularly if going up left hand side is rather steep though.
Fabulous views from the top.

Kevin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This would have been better if it wasn't raining, but our guide Phil made the best of the day. He was completely honest with us about the weather which I appreciated, but he made everything fun anyway. He had a lot of knowledge about the site and was fun to be around.

I would take this tour again! well, as long as it's sunny.

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