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Spend the morning or afternoon visiting Middle-earth on this half-day 'The Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. A guide with insider knowledge entertains Frodo fans on a journey into the scenic New Zealand countryside, plus locales like the Embassy Movie Theatre, site of the world premieres. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at LOTR movie production on a tour of Weta Studios and discover why director Peter Jackson selected this region to film the renowned trilogy along with ‘The Hobbit’ movies. 


  • Lord of the Rings half-day tour from Wellington
  • Explore Middle-earth and see famous sights from The Lord of the Rings movies
  • Visit the Embassy Movie Theatre where the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were screened
  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour for those short on time. Your experienced and knowledgeable 'Lord of the Rings' specialist guides will take you to the best of Wellington's 'Lord of the Rings' locations in half a day.

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What You Can Expect

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

Weta Studios - Wellington

Start your half-day LOTR tour with hotel pickup in Wellington. Your guide is well-versed in The Lord of the Rings and shares insider knowledge about the Wellington film industry.

Your first stop is in the city’s nightlife district of Courtenay Place, site of the Embassy Movie Theatre. Stroll down the red carpet like a movie star and imagine watching the world premiere screenings of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with 100,000 Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf fans.

After a coach stop at Mt Victoria to soak up the views of Wellington’s city center and harbor, continue into the heart of Middle-earth at the ‘Green Belt,' where you may recognize forest scenes such as ‘Get off the Road’, ‘Race to the Ferry’ and ‘Shortcut to Mushrooms.’

Next up is a tour of director Peter Jackson’s production facilities at Weta Studios, located in ‘Wellywood,’ the center of Wellington’s movie industry. With an expert guide leading the way, see the 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition, visit the Weta Cave and learn about props and make-up, before watching a short film about the extraordinary digital special effects featured in the movies.

Don’t miss the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before concluding your tour in Wellington with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Leanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour even if you aren't a Lord of the Rings fan as the lookout was great. We had mist covering Wellington the first time we went to the lookout so we went back later when the fog had lifted. Great tour guide and really enjoyed the Weta workshop.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I enjoyed this tour. It was divided up into a trip into the woods behind Wellington with pictures and descriptions of what happened in the Lord of The Rings. The other part was taken by a trip to the animation/film effects studios, I found it a real insight into the cinema industry in New Zealand, but also an eye opener because a lot of work is done internationally on very well known films.

Elizabeth I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour, fantastic guide who was obviously interested in what he was showing us. Just the right amount of time spent at each location.

Kwan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very enjoyable tour with a highly knowledgeable movie-lover tour guide. Thank you


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The guide stopped for photos and managed to keep us on schedule and avoid the big crowds. We found the Weta Cave to be very interesting. My husband uses a walking stick and so the walk in the woods was challenging, but there was no problem with us taking a slower pace.

E-Kan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

They were fun and engaging hosts- they even gave my mother and I a drop off in the city to visit another site in Wellington!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awsom, , lots to see and do! We had been there on 2008 and really liked it, but now there is so much more to see-- great experience!

Barry R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Jack, our driver and leader was courteous, knowledgeable and very obliging
The tour was one of the most enjoyable we have undertaken with Viator


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our guide was Emma and she was very interesting and informative. I very much enjoyed this tour. As we drove through Wellington to get to our first stop, Emma gave us interesting info about the city. We visited the area where the first part of the Lord of the Rings was filmed and Emma talked about how special effects were filmed and created. Very informative. We visited the studios where not only the Lord of the Rings special effects were created, but also where other special effects, props and studios are used for filming. An interesting tour.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A must for any LotRs and Hobbit fans. Great value for money.

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