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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

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a wonderful day out. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the making of the films and we watched some clips of filming on the mini-bus on our way to Mount Sunday. Can highly recommend this to Lord of the Rings fans, but even for non-fans, the scenery, local history and fun atmosphere are well worth going for.

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The journey started with a pick up from our hotel by a very friendly guide from Cornwell in England. On the long journey to the mountains we were fully briefed and entertained. At the Edoras location swords were drawn and most members of our group climbed up high. Lunch with bubbly and finally the entertaining ride back to our hotel. A really great day with a great group of people.

Gaye N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great experience. Our tour guide was very informative and his knowledge of the area was great. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful trip, Edoras is really beautiful, gorgeous views. Tour is well done, lots of behind the scene videos during the drive, really makes you feel like you are in Middle Earth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

very good trip teh best the explanations of the guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We absolutely loved the tour in its whole. From the our tour guide Hammond, who was immensely informative and helpful throughout, to the gorgeous views of the park, I would encourage every individual to check this tour out.

Vanessa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My partner and I absolutely loved the tour. Our guide was entertaining and informative and a two time Oscar winner! He and his team worked on the sound in LOTR. It goes without saying that the scenery was stunning. We also loved the sandwiches and slices provided for lunch. The caramel slice was divine and I'm bummed out that I can't get something like that where I'm from. All in all we had a blast. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is relatively fit. It's quite a climb to get to the top!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The view was fantastic. Our tour guide Steve was so knowledgeable and friendly.

Shui Bung C J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved the experience. Loved the scenery. Loved the hike up Mount Sunday Edoras. Simon was a great tour guide - he deserves a raise!! We saw sun, rain and snow all in the same day and we had lots of fun. Picked us up from hotel with no problems.

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Superb!!! Magnificent!!! We had a fabulous time with our driver and guide Gaike, who proved to be wonderful company as well. The weather was admittedly exceptional, but this only proves that magic happens. The views were breathtaking, the scenery at turns quaint and stunning. We enjoyed all aspects of our trip, including the drive, great food along the way, a reasonable hike up the hill to Edoras itself, and mugged it for the camera with the replica swords and flag. The air was like champagne all day, and I took over 100 snapshots. Worth every penny.

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