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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This relaxed full-day tour covers a lot of ground yet allows enough time to explore Wellington's best 'Lord of the Rings' locations. A highlight is the Weta 'Window into Workshop' exhibition. This is a personalized experience led by passionate and knowledgeable 'Lord or the Rings' specialist guides

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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

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everything about this trip was great. Our guide Mike was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He had a wealth of information to help us relate the scenery we were seeing to its part in the films. We had great fun hiding in the hobbit hole and wearing swords and cloaks in Rivendell for some great pictures. Lunch at Scorchorama was very tasty and the end of the trip finished nicely with coffee and cakes. The Weta cave tour was also very good. Overall, great value for money and a great day out. Ask for Mike and you won't be disappointed.

Halil Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was the first day of our 2 week New Zealand tour, and only full day in Wellington. I thought we could see,learn and do everything related to lotr in Wellington and have a good look around the city, wasnt mistaken. Our guide was obviously very experienced, he showed and explained all the locations and told really cool stories. He was helpful, attentive and very funny! To all lotr fans: we had an amazing time, dont hesitate go for it! Totally worth the money and time. Id do it again if i had the chance, thanks for the tour!

lesashowers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour was nicknamed Laura of the Rings and it was very appropriate. We had an amazing tour guide, Laura, who definitely had a passion for the books and movies. She was able to share so much information about the filming and we had a ton of fun scouting out the film locations and doing some scene reenactments! My 15 year old son said this was his favorite tour and we had even visited Hobbiton!

Timothy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good value for money. We had a great guide with a lot of passion and knowledge of the Lord of the Rings and the movies in general, it made a huge difference to the tour. Request someone who is a Lotr fan for the best experience.

Dr Gerrard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Just lots and lots of fun, from start to end.

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved this tour! Great value, fun and informed guide. Highly recommended.

Lydia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour guide Jack was excellent. Loved all of his insider knowledge about LOTR. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Lunch was at such a fun place and tasted really great.

Kay T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Weta Workshop was amazing, tour sites were well organized and interesting.

Nicole S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Enjoyed this trip very much, a superb day out if your time in Auckland is limited and you want to see as many things as possible in a short time. The picnic lunch was lovely, very good quality which is not always the case on tours!.
Good mixture of outdoor and indoor with the Weta workshop visit and the outdoor locations. Would recommend it to fans of the film series, or anybody who is in Aucland for a couple of days and would like to see the nice surrounding scenery.

Amy U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour is well organized, thoughtfully presented, not hurried and FUN!!
Our guide not only presented the movie locations but told many related anecdotal stories as well as general information about the toured areas. Very worthwhile!!

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