• Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

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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

Nyree A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Peggy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was perfect and was so interesting handled with great professionally

Francelis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the WETA workshop amazing.
Recommended 100.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We changed from a half day to the full day as there was so much more to see in the afternoon. The WETA studios visit was brilliant, and our guide Laura knew so much about the films, Peter Jackson, the other cast members and the places we visited, however be prepared to see sites where filming took place, that now seem so out of sync since filming has long since ceased. We did not see the Shire, which is elsewhere near Auckland and of course no Orcs.

Jeff V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very informative and a must for Tolkien fans.

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The Wetta tour was fantastic. And to see where some of the Lord of the Rings was filmed was also really amazing. Great for any movie fan, especially for the Lord of the Rings fans.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was our favorite shore excursion out of three, taken while cruising from Australia to New Zealand last month. Grant was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and informative. He took us on a scenic drive around the area. Wellington is a beautiful town located on the hills with stunning views. We visited Weta Cave where we saw some of the original props for LOTR, Hobbit and other movies. Took pictures with some of the movie characters. Grant also took us to a couple of locations where some of the scenes for the LOTR were filmed. Finally, we stopped on the top of mt Victoria with stunning 360 degree views of the area before returning to the ship. Well worth the money!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Best tour I have been on. If you like the Lord of the Rings it is must. If you love the Lord of the Rings it is the reason to go to New Zealand. You visit a couple of the filming sites, plus get a tour of Wellington. It wasn't only the background and history of the Lord of the Rings, which was AWESOME but the history and background of the people like Peter Jackson and others that made the films possible. Where they found extras to be in the movies, and sound effects who would have guessed 10,000 New Zealand cricket fans sound like 10,000 orcs. You don't see orcs in costume, but you see full size orcs, and trolls around the site. I would take the tour again, to get stuff I might have missed the first time.

Stephen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Had a fabulous time!

Paul P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We all enjoyed this trip being LOTR fans. Our guide was great as he knew the scenes inside out having been in the film.
Weta was an added bonus pity it was not a bit more hands on but great day
Thanks guys.

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