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Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour) provided by Rover Rings

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Journey to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth on a morning or afternoon half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. Your guide takes you through New Zealand’s scenic countryside to key LOTR-related locations such as Weta Workshop—where several LOTR films premiered. Hear insider information about the productions on a tour that is informative and entertaining for LOTR fans and newcomers alike.
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  • 1
    Mount Victoria
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 2
    Weta Workshop
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Mount Victoria
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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Highlights
  • Tour the Weta Cave, home of world-class, award-winning special effects
  • Hear commentary from a guide with behind-the-scenes LOTR knowledge
  • Learn why director Peter Jackson chose this region for his films
  • Morning and afternoon half-day tours to accommodate busy itineraries
What to Expect
After hotel pickup in Wellington, head to the Mount Victoria for views over Wellington and the harbor, then drive to the Green Belt, where you may recognize settings for Middle-earth scenes such as “Race to the Ferry” and “Shortcut to Mushrooms.” Next up, take a guided tour of Weta Workshop, located in the center of Wellington’s movie industry (aka Wellywood). Explore the production facilities at the Weta Cave, where crews created the extraordinary props and makeup for LOTR and other films, including 'The Hobbit,' 'District 9,' and 'Avatar.' Learn more about filmmaking here at the Windows into Workshop exhibition, and watch a short film about special effects. Enjoy some free time in the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
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Important Information
Duration
4h
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected hotels and cruise terminal
  • Local and professional guide
  • Souvenir map
  • Native forest walk
  • Weta Studios workshop exhibition tour
  • Entry/Admission - Weta Workshop
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sandra Z wrote a review Mar 2020
Carmel, Indiana234 contributions41 helpful votes
Our guide, Samuel, picked us up shipside, so it was quite convenient. He shared interesting info about Wellington as we drove to our first stop at Mt. Victoria where he showed us several sites where filming of the Lord of the Rings movies took place, accompanied with photos of
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Hi Sandra, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! We try to make things as easy as possible for our passengers and try to pack as much information and sight-seeing as we can!
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Vera G wrote a review Mar 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada7 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide was Nathan Clear and he was fantastic, very friendly and informative. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Rover-Rings, General Manager at Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi, Thanks for the feedback. Good to know i still have the touch even though i don't get let out of the office to tour much these days. :)
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Kate M wrote a review Feb 2020
Belper, United Kingdom22 contributions12 helpful votes
Really well organised. Fabulously well led by the charismatic Jack. A great half day of variety, good for LoR peoples and others like me.
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Hi Kate, Thank you for your review, we enjoy taking out both fans and non-fans alike. I will pass on your review to Jack.
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Palmerwoods wrote a review Feb 2020
Alicante, Spain6 contributions
We were taken around to the WETA works by a most affable and pleasant guide. We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the magic of movie making which was reinforced by visiting Mount Victoria and the lookout over the town. Most enjoyable and good value for money
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
Responded 22 Feb 2020
Thanks for your feedback. All our guides try to be the most admirable and excellent they can be, and love sharing their stories and knowledge with guests from near and far.
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Lars S wrote a review Feb 2020
Skanderborg, Denmark1,726 contribution223 helpful votes
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This was awesome. You get to see some of the places from the first Lord of the Rings movie. You get to sit in the tree where Frodo and Sam smoke some pipe leaves. The tour ends with a visit to the Weta workshop which did a lot of the stuff for the movies. The guided tour at the
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
Responded 14 Feb 2020
Ummm this is embarrassing! I think you may have been out with our competitors! On the Rover Rings Half Day Tour the guided workshop tour is included in the price of our half day AND you get to do the behind-the-scenes documentary as well.
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About the operator

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buffykc
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Fantastic Day - so much Lord of the Rings information!
The whole family enjoyed the full day tour - taking us to sites of the movies, setting the scene and explaining the
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wanderingblyss09
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A Must-Do for any LOTR Fan!
This tour was amazing! As a lot of Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed in the Wellington area, we were able to see
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LucyTravel92
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An excellent tour for Lord of the Rings fans!
I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and wanted to do a tour to see the main filming locations in Wellington and Upper
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richardfH7028FK
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Great Tour for LOTR enthusiasts
Our guide Sam was amazing, very friendly and informative - going to have to rewatch the movies again now
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JosephineRB143
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You have to be a big fan, but if you are it's worth it!
This tour was great, you start out with the half day tour going through Wellington city and it's closest tour sight
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Todd G
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If your a Lord of the Ring fan do it
Great tour guide (Samwise) no relation to Frodo's best friend in the movie. He was very entertaining all throughout
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melaniem291
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Great day!
We had a great day. Jack, our Guide, was so funny and explained us so many details about LOR, it was fantastic!
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Julia B
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what a fantastic tour
we had our tour today and we are still blown away by our tour guide. he had such a wonderful way of telling us ever
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ubergic
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Excellent tourguide on Lord of the Rings Location tour
Wayne with Rover Lord Of The Rings Tours was a great tourguide. He was outgoing and easy to talk to. He was knowled
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R2013BSclaudiah
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Ein Must-do
Absolute Klasse. Irish Dave ist ein absoluter Profi. Super Tag. Super places. Very informative And now take Mum out
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366larserike
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Fantastic locations and information with Irish Dave on Half Day Location tour
We did the Half Day Locations Tour and we had an absolute blast. Our guide, "Irish Dave" as he called himself, was
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72lillm
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Very informative!
Really enjoyed our tour with River Rings. We had Jack as our tour guide and he was full of cool information on LOTR
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WoodlandsMike
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Great for LOTR Buffs
Great review of many film locations for the LOTR trilogy including Rivendell and Weta Works that did all the costum
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Tidgney
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Brilliant Tour, even better than expected with more surprises!
This tour was absolutely fantastic! Jack was brilliant, and honestly I think we all got more than we thought we wou
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girlwithcello
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Awesome day
As a huge LOTR fan, I was looking forward to this after the Hobbiton tour. I had a lot of fun visiting the differen
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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