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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

North Island, New Zealand
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


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.
  • Lord of the Rings locations tour from Wellington
  • Explore Middle-earth and see famous sights from The Lord of the Rings movies
  • 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
  • Enjoy a Lord of the Rings themed lunch

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Enjoy a Lord of the Rings themed lunch at Scorch-O-Rama cafe and visit nine Lord of the Rings locations.
Hotel pickup and drop-off. Please advise at time of booking
Lord of the Rings' themed lunch
Local and professional guide
Visit 9 movie locations
Souvenir map
Native forest walk
Weta Studios workshop exhibition tour
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from most city centre hotels and accommodation. We can't pick up from hotels and AirBnB's outside the city centre. Please advise of your accommodation while booking and we will contact you if it's not possible to pick up from there.
We can collect directly from the cruise terminal. This option is FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS ONLY. Please advise which ship you are on.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your full-day tour of The Lord of the Rings filming locations with hotel pickup in Wellington. Continue on to Mt Victoria and the Greenbelt before a 40-minute stroll through the Outer Shire, site of the Black Rider movie scenes and many more. Your guide is well-versed in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and shares insider knowledge about the Wellington movie industry.
Next, you’re taken to Weta Studios, a film production company operated by director Peter Jackson. Get an inside peek at the making of The Lord of the Rings, watch a short documentary describing its digital production, and let a specialized guide introduce you to the 'Window into Workshop' exhibition before you browse the Weta cave museum and gift shop.
Then, head to the Scorch-O-Rama cafe for a LOTR–themed lunch: Orc-sized!
In the afternoon, learn why New Zealand is the ideal place to create movie sets as you explore more The Lord of the Rings locations. See the Great River Anduin on a visit to the Hutt Valley with stops including the Hutt River, and view the Gardens of Isengard — aka Harcourt Park — where the Orcs filled the trees. 
Imagine the Elves living in the 1,000-year-old native rainforest of Kaitoke Regional Park, the setting for Rivendell. Then see the location where Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed, before concluding your full-day tour with drop-off at your Wellington hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for participants with walkers or limited mobility
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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So much fun!
, Jun 2019
Our guide Tom picked us up in Bert right by our AirBnB. He proceeded to take us on my favorite tour so far. He was absolutely charming and VERY knowledgeable about the area and LotR/Hobbit. Lunch was soooooo good. This is a must do tour, worth every single penny.
Beautiful Locations
Elwin S
, Jan 2019
Amazing experience. The filmsets in Wellington are great. The guide tour very knowledgeable and friendly.
Great Tour
, Jan 2019
Great tour. Loved the Weta studios and seeing all the locations. Tour guide was engaging and knowledgeable. I'd recommend for any Lord of the Rings fan!
Interesting and informative tour
, Dec 2018
we were picked up on time and taken to the first destination and shown the spots of filming and the stories that went with what happened. Weta Workshop was informative but we wanted more of it to focus on LOTR and how that was created and the characters were brought to life. The weather fined up for a picnic lunch and I really enjoyed Rivendell. James was friendly and tried to cater for all as it was a full bus.
Tour Guide TOM, made for the part. Passionately, relives LOTR scenes in Scenic Wellington NZ.
Kathy M
, Dec 2018
Thank you Tom for looking after us so well, -- complete with a delightful picnic in the park, with delicious food, on a beautiful sunny day.And marvellous driving under busy traffic circumstances. WELL DONE.
, Oct 2018
Unmissable no way you could cover as much ground or have the inside information, staff very friendly and genuine very organised and one of a kind.
Definitely a tour to take especially if...
Iltcho K
, Oct 2018
Definitely a tour to take especially if you are Lord of the Rings fan. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. the tour will take you through Wellington sight seeing and then well head to some of the locations where the movie was shot. Even though most all of the movie decors have been removed the places are worth seeing just as beautiful NZ nature. The tour of the Weta Caves the P Jackson studios is also very nice. Enjoy
I really enjoyed the tour and I...
Kimi B
, Jul 2018
I really enjoyed the tour and I found the tour guide really knowledgeable! We were of a small group of 7x plus tour guide, and everyone got well. :- All the different locations we visited was just amazing. Enjoyed lunch at Scorch-O-Rama and afternoon tea at Rivendell which was a our last location to visit. :- thank you team for an awesome day. :-
We got to see many filming locations...
Jordan V
, Jun 2018
We got to see many filming locations and heard many stories of on set! It was a great experience and included a tour of WETA and entrance to the WETA Caves!
We loved the tour, it was one of the...
, Apr 2018
We loved the tour, it was one of the highlights of Wellington and indeed New Zealand. Weta studio was amazing, we learnt the tricks of the trade, seen props from Lord of the Rings and other films such as, Bladerunner 2049, Planet of the Apes and this highlighted how much Weta was on the international stage. Dave our guide was a mineful of information on Lord of the Rings and Wellington, was full of fun and very entertaining. We had a few laughs en route! Our picnic lunch was very unexpected which we had at Rivendell. The food was so tasty. especially the traybakes and it was lovely to be able to have our lunch outside on location being very fortunate with the weather. Rivendell was excellent - surreal being in the actual location and Dave had cloaks and swords for authentic photo opportunities and other surprises on the way! Would highly recommend this tour.

Product code: 2964001RRT

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