• Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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

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What You Can Expect

Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch

Lord of the Rings tour - Gollum

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Jared S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour for fans of the movies. Our tour guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable.

Ren F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Really enjoyed

Shane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Friendly, informative guide .Great day out for a lord of the rings fan .

Tanja A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was a very nice experience! Liam our tour guide was an amazing entertainer and knew a lot of behind the scenes stories and nice anecdotes.

Sean G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very enjoyable tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide.

Aleksandra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was a must do for every Lord of the Rings fan! The guide was amazing, funny, lovely and had massive knowledge. I really enjoyed the whole tour from the beginning til the end. It was really bad to say goodbye. Having the props, photos and seeing the beautiful scenery was the best. I am recommending this trip to everyone, not only the LOTR fans. And the lunch was delicious!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and shared some interesting tidbits about the locations and production. The Weta workshop tour was fantastic. The lunch was nothing to write home about but the location was good.
Well worth the money. Be sure to have a few extra days to explore Wellington and the surrounding area.

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Was not quite what I was expecting but I was glad that I went. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the locations and told us some very funny facts about the actors and crew. So it was well Werth going


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a fantastic tour for the true LOTR geek. We visited several filming locations and the still images of the scenes were offered for comparison. There was some hiking up and down hills so you need to be fit. Wyeth was one of the best parts of the tour - used to be a standup comic so he filled in transit time with Monty Python wit. The Weta tour and the lunch nearby were both fantastic. Also lots of behind the scenes filming stories from Wyeth which were much appreciated by all the Hobbit Geeks.

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