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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including 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
Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch
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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch
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.
What to Expect
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.
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Reviewed 1 July 2018
Highlight of my visit to Wellington

Wow, just a fantastic tour! You get to see a lot more filming sites in the full day tour than I anticipated. I'm a huge LOTR fan and I was not disappointed. He brings along big cards and pictures at the filming sites so you...More

Thank Loves2Travel8223
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

Hi, Thanks for your review! Really happy to hear you enjoyed your day out with us. We also agree that watching the Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition is a good idea, though sometimes it's better to do so after the tour! You'll never quite...More

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Great day trip around Wellington with lots of LOTR location visits and information.

Booked for the half day tour but #IrishDave 'sold' the full day tour well and so we upgraded. The morning (half day) part of the tour was good, especially the Weta visit. Second part of the day was getting out and seeing LOTR locations, good...More

Thank Mark B
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Hi Mark, It's good to hear you were enjoyed your day out with us and that the afternoon part of the day was worth the upgrade! All our guides pride themselves on their enthusiasm for everything Wellington and Lord of the Rings, and Dave is...More

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Great visit, awesome guide

What made the difference for me what the depth of knowledge from our guide. His passion for everything LOTR really showed through his detailed explanation and made my visit come to life. I would recommend this to anyone going to Wellington!!!More

Thank Stephane A
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Hi Stephane, Delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour with us, and it shows that our desire to hire fans of the movies first and foremost pays off. We like talking about Lord of the Rings as much as you enjoyed hearing about it. Even...More

Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile
Fun day out

Shout out to Irish Dave, our fantastic tour guide! It was a fun day exploring where the movie was shot and having some laughs recreating images from the films. Lots of good insight and photos to help visualize the whole thing.More

1  Thank Lindsey K
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Hi Lindsey, Dave is beaming from ear to ear hearing that you enjoyed your day out with him! All our guides try to keep things light-hearted and have a few giggles while also delivering some interesting information regarding the making of the movies. Thanks, Rover...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile
Perfect. Wyeth was great

Loved it. I've been on multiple lotr locations on this holiday and wyeth was by far the best guide. He knew loads of behind the scenes stuff that was not on the dvds. You'd be a fool of a Took not to do the full...More

Thank Andrew S
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Hi Andrew, Thanks for your feedback. Really glad to hear you enjoyed your day out with us and Wyeth. Being based in the Middle of Middle-earth, over the years we've been lucky enough to work with many people who were involved in the movies in...More

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4 August 2018|
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Response from louiseandfamily | Reviewed this property |
Collection was included in the tour
23 July 2018|
Response from KerriYarsley | Reviewed this property |
If you pick a half day, it will finish around lunchtime. The full day will finish after 5:00pm depending on traffic and how well the drive is back to Wellington. Might be closer to 6pm.