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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

Andrea M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a fantastic tour. I'm a large fan or The Lord of the Rings, but it would be entertaining for someone who may not be as familiar with the books or movies. We saw beautiful landscapes and learned a lot about how they filmed the movies in each location, and we had a tour of Weta Studios, where we had an exclusive look at the work that goes into making the characters' weapons, clothing, and makeup so magnificent. Plus, we had a great LOTR-inspire lunch! W even learned some fun trivia about the director and actors! This was definitely a worthwhile experience.

Methuen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really enjoyed the trip and our guide was amazingly friendly and had tonnes of knowledge about both Wellington and LOTR

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Such a beautiful, adventure filled day. Jackson and Maddie were our tour guides and made the trip great for us. My husband and I are huge Lord of the Rings fans so it was just so awesome to stand where so many of our favorite scenes were filmed. The tour guides brought photos of the actual scenes so we could literally see exactly where everything was set up, and we learned so many fun extras from filming that makes me super excited to re-watch the movies. The staff was very knowledgeable and made the tour even more fun by bringing a few props for us to use in photos. Then we went to Weta workshop. Wow! Amazing to see the things they have created for so many beloved movies and shows. We even saw one of the world's top sword makers in action. He made all the weapons for Lord of the Rings as well as many others. The people who work for Weta are so proud of their work and have such a huge dedication and talent for what they do, and this was very evident through the tour. Lunch was also included at an awesome beach cafe with a comic book theme. The cast from Lord of the Rings used to eat there many times after filming. Food was great, big portions. By the time we got to Rivendell, it was raining pretty hard but we still spent a lot of time learning about the sets and taking photos. Such beautiful places. Very fun day

Leona C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Not being a big LOTR fan okay - I have not seen any of the movies I was a bit concerned but our guide was very entertaining and having her explain what scene had taken place where we were has made me want to watch them. There is a bit of hilly walking which folks need to be aware of. Lunch at the Scorching Bay Cafe was delicious and I really did enjoy the muffins and cold drinks provided at the Rivendell stop.

st.svitlana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was great. The weather was wonderful. We visited a lot of movie locations, Weta cave and had a great lunch and even better time.

Sophie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing day with a great guide. Jackson was super funny, so sweet and answered every single question. The group was small 10 people and a really fun group of people. The locations were amazing and not so easy to find by yourself, and i learned a lot of stories about each scene.
The lunch was not only delicious but in a place you need to see!

Jan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour with a great guide, nice company in a small Group.

Mitche227

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great lunch. Saw 4 locations sites and learned a lot of behind the scenes information. The highlight was Weta Cave. It is SO amazing and we met the artists and spoke to them. Highly recommend this tour.

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!

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