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Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Venture to Middle-earth to see where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was filmed. On a half-day or full-day tour, an insider guide escorts you to movie locations in the Wellington area. Stop at landmarks that were featured as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm's Deep, Rivendell and more. Hear behind-the-scenes fun facts as you take in the gorgeous scenery of the North Island. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch (full-day option only) are included on this small-group tour, limited to only six passengers.
  • New Zealand film locations tour from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • See the beautiful natural attractions of the North Island that served as Middle-earth
  • Visit the sites of Rivendell, the River Anduin, Lothlorien and more
  • Choose either a 4- or 8-hour tour to suit your schedule — hotel transport provided
  • Morning or afternoon tea included; lunch provided on full-day tour
  • Small-group tour limited to just six people provides a more personalized experience
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Morning or afternoon tea
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Wellington hotels or cruise port
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Ports

  • Cruise Terminal - Centreport Wellington


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Channel your inner Gandalf or Frodo as you explore the natural features of Middle-earth surrounding Wellington. Choose a 4-hour or 8-hour tour of The Lord of the Rings outdoor filming locations, traveling to each North Island site by comfortable coach with your small group. Morning or afternoon tea is provided during each tour.

Half-Day Tour (4 Hours):Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup in the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected). Set off into the countryside and listen to entertaining commentary from your guide — a knowledgeable Middle-earth enthusiast. 

Glimpse the outskirts of the Shire, the River Anduin and the Gardens of Isengard, and view the quarry featured as Helm's Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor. You’ll visit the site of Rivendell, the riverbank where Aragorn washed up after the Warg attack and the spot where Gandalf rode to see Saruman.

End your half-day itinerary with panoramic views from Mt Victoria lookout before hotel drop-off in Wellington.

Full-Day Tour (8 Hours):The morning portion of your full-day tour includes the same Middle-earth sites from the half-day option, including morning tea and lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, your guide takes your small group to Fernside Lake — aka, Lothlorien and the Gladden fields. LOTR fans will recognize the lakeside where Deagol and Smeagol fought for the ring. Your guide points out the white bridge featured as Lothlorien Bridge before continuing on to Miramar. Here, appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at the region where director Peter Jackson, along with many of the stars and crew, lived and worked during film production. 

Finish on a high note at Weta Cave, where you can watch an interview with Peter Jackson and a video on the making of the LOTR trilogy. If you’d like, purchase collectibles at the souvenir shop before your tour ends in Wellington.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Weta Workshop
Behind the Scenes Workshop tour and time in the Weta Cave
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Attention cruise ship passengers: Please note that you'll be picked up directly at the dock as soon as you disembark your ship; on-time return to ship is NOT guaranteed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Middle-Earth Filming Location Full Day?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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The tour was about what we expected...
lawsonrl
, Mar 2016
The tour was about what we expected EXCEPT that the info on the tour promised a group size of up to six. There were about 16 people in the group. We felt that we paid a premium price for a small group tour, and that was not what we received. Very disappointing.
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It was a decent tour and the guide...
Amy d
, Jul 2015
It was a decent tour and the guide was very friendly and enthusiastic. I took the full-day tour expecting to see more sites, but ended up not seeing more. Rather we listened to guide talk more at each one which is not my style. Feel like the time could have been more efficiently spent.
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Was very expensive for what it was...
Kerri W
, Feb 2015
Was very expensive for what it was. Could use more modern technology to enhance the experience, e.g. short video clips from the movie. Felt like we could have seen one or two more locations within the time allotted considering they appeared to be on the way. Was promised afternoon tea as advertised on the web-page, but did not deliver. Tour guide was good, knowledgeable, but yes felt like we could have got more out of it for spending 170 and all they did was drive us to locations, a little petrol etc and cans of soft drink. It was definitely better than if we had gone to those locations on our own, but maybe considering the cost it would have been justifiable to do that instead. Car was comfy
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The tour was amazing and so was my...
Hamish B
, Dec 2014
The tour was amazing and so was my guide Michael. We went to heaps of locations and he gave us lots of information regarding The Lord Of The Rings, and to go to weta workshop as well was amazing. To top it all off you get to go somewhere special at the end. It's after your main tour around Wellington and weta workshop that you go to an iconic place, but I'll let you figure it out what it is. So do the tour! Thank you very much!
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Tour guide was very good and no...
alison p
, Dec 2014
Tour guide was very good and no complaints about him at all. Trip was very much overpriced for what was received. Did not find the Middle Earth worth the money as there was very little to see due to nothing being left behind following filming. Hobbiton movie set was a better option for Lord of the Rings fans in our opinion.
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The tour was good. Was expecting a...
Jordan P
, Dec 2014
The tour was good. Was expecting a bit more as what the website describes. Was a bit disappointed that your website shows photos of the hobbit holes yet you don't see them. Think the website needs to be updated.
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We lived it but did not realize in...
Carolyn M
, Mar 2014
We lived it but did not realize in advance it was a tour in a bus of the outside sites of the movie locations. There was no real description of the event. But we loved it
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Our guide had an excellent knowledge...
Anne B
, Jan 2013
Our guide had an excellent knowledge of the LOTR movies and his behind the scenes stories were really interesting. Having the photos and film clips on the ipod really showed the locations. The 4 hours went so fast and the muffin for morning tea was a lovely surprise. Well worth going if you are a fan of the movies.
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Very informative guide and the...
Annaleis D
, Dec 2012
Very informative guide and the locations were so very real it felt like I was truly in Middle Earth. Morning Tea was a bonus.
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Comfortable vehicle and provision of...
Jane K
, Nov 2012
Comfortable vehicle and provision of morning refreshments very welcome. Not too much time spent driving from location to location. Very knowledgable tour guide.
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