• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

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.

Customer Reviews

Emily S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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!

Roy H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Probably one of the best day-trips I had in the 2 weeks while in New Zealand. Guide was big into the movie and detailed out every single stop. I would consider a must-do if in Christchurch.

Bernadette L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our driver/guide, Renato was friendly and cheerful. He knew what he was talking about and nothing was too much trouble.

Poi Lin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Bernane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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!

Hilton S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a very enjoyable and interesting tour, especially for a Lord of the Rings fan. Badger was a great, very knowledgeable tour guide.

Carol Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

For LOTR fanatics, this tour is a must! Badger was full of energy and enthusiasm explaining in detail the filming locations. And for those who would love to enjoy the beautiful scenery outside of Queenstown, have this in your list. Glenorchy and Paradise are not to be missed!

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very good tour! This area is so different from Queenstown and the Milford Sound area. I have never seen the Lord of the Rings but this area is absolutely beautiful.

Margaret G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a great tour-and thrilling as a LOTR fan! we saw lots of movie sights, had a great bush walk and enjoyed tea in the forest

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