Wellington's Full Day Lord Of The Rings Locations Tour Including Lunch

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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    8:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
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Explore Middle-earth on this 'Lord of the Rings' location tour. Re-create scenes from 'The Lord of the Rings' book and movies, and see how Middle-earth was created in the beautiful countryside outside Wellington. Go behind the scenes on a visit to the Weta Studios, where 'The Lord of the Rings' movies were produced, and see famous movie locations including the Greenbelt, the Hutt Valley and the gorgeous native forest park that re-created Rivendell. Enjoy a 'Lord of the Rings' lunch and hear insider gossip on how the movies were made on this 'Lord of the Rings' tour in Wellington.


Lunch included

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Begin your The Lord of the Rings location tour exploring the city locations of Mount Victoria and the 'Greenbelt', then take a 40-minute walk through the Outer Shire. This location includes the famous 'Get off the road' scene from The Lord of the Rings movie, the 'shortcut to mushrooms' as well as the Black Rider scenes and many more. Your tour leaders are knowledgeable fans of The Lord of the Rings who know their subject inside out.

Next, spend some time at the Weta Studios for an inside look at the Wellington film industry and the studios where The Lord of the Rings movies were produced.

Your visit to Weta includes the new 'Window into Workshop' exhibition, which takes you on a guided tour of the inner workings of the Weta Studios and film production company operated by The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Watch a short film showcasing the digital side of Weta and have an opportunity to peruse the Weta cave museum and gift shop.

After the mornings excitement, it's time for a Lord of the Rings-themed, Orc-sized lunch at Scorch-O-Rama cafe.

Having seen how The Lord of the Rings movies were produced, visit the sites where the movies were filmed and see why Peter Jackson chose to film in this amazing part of the world. Spend the afternoon exploring The Lord of the Rings film locations in the Hutt Valley, with stops including the Hutt River (Great River Anduin) and Harcourt Park (Gardens of Isengard and where the Orcs filled the trees).

Finally, visit Kaitoke Regional Park which was the setting for Rivendell. Situated in a thousand-year-old New Zealand native rainforest, you will see why the Elves chose to live here! See the location where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed, before returning to your Wellington hotel at the conclusion of your Lord of the Rings tour.


Hotel pickup and drop-off. Please advise at time of booking

Lord of the Rings' themed lunch

Local and professional guide

Visit 9 movie locations

Souvenir map

Native forest walk

Weta Studios workshop exhibition tour

Entry/Admission - Weta Workshop


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not recommended for participants with walkers or limited mobility

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

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  • 25-Feb-2020

    This was a fantastic day, the tour guide, Tim was knowledgeable about LOTR and we visited some amazing places. Weta was awesome, lunch was great.

  • 20-Jan-2020

    What a fantastic way to spend New Year’s Eve (and incidentally my birthday)! We were lucky enough to get Jack as our guide for the full day tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining with heaps of insider knowledge about the actors and Weta workshop. We had a blast posing with props at all of the locations and the workshop itself was super interesting. Our themed lunch was also great and they even catered for special dietary requirements. All in all, a brilliant day and one we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Thanks Jack!

  • 14-Jan-2020

    This tour was fun- I loved our driver- he happened to be an extra for LOTR and has a history of hand modeling (Zoolander, anyone?). He was very easygoing and fun to talk to. We had another tour guide with us that was in training. It was very neat to have them both. Our tour was very small- only one other couple, so it felt like a private tour.

    It was neat to see the places that scenes were filmed and a lot of them so close to the city. You realize how much CGI was needed for certain scenes. I really loved how they had a picture of the scene from the movie so you could look and see the same tree or pond as in the scene rather than going off memory. It was nice that the tour offered muffins and drinks (I got to try L and P!) along the way, as well as umbrellas since it was a rainy day. They were very prepared.

    We had lunch at this neat B and B that is an old house and in the same town that the director James Cameron lives in. Very delicious lunch, but man the drive there was curvy (I don't get car sick and I was feeling it).

    The only part of this tour I was disappointed with, but it's not the tour's fault, is the Weta Cave Studio Tour. I have done the Harry Potter world in London and expected something similar but not as large. This was very tiny and disappointing with not that many props. It was cool that there was an area to touch different props to see the difference, but I was quite bored and it was very short. I wouldn't recommend it. However, we did see the studios where Peter Jackson works, and also the world's largest green screen- outdoors, with no security. As our tour guide stated- "Kiwis don't really care about celebrities- they're just people. And sitting outside of someone's house for a picture is considered stalking and that is illegal." I wish the US would catch onto this.

  • 13-Jan-2020

    The guide was easy to find. Very knowledgeable about the film locations. The props were helpful in explaining how shots were made. Lunch was at a pretty garden cafe.

  • 03-Jan-2020

    Our guide Leslie really made this experience a great one. She had so many great stories, and was really able to conjure up the views from the movies. She used both photos and fun tales from the filming. Great fun! We also liked the way the tour was structured with a few sites and WETA in the morning, and more sites after lunch. Lunch was also very good and the restaurant and location were perfect. And I have to admit (being a bit of a LOTR geek), being able to carry a replica Sting for an hour or so was an added thrill. Overall, fantastic tour, amazing guide and a perfect way to spend a day. Thanks again Leslie!

  • 11-Nov-2019

    This tour is a must of LOTR fans but those can enjoy it too, who would like to see something of the countryside around Wellington. As all my travel mates was LOTR fans our guide was keen to share with us as much detail of the shooting and the sites as possible. He even snapped photos for us at key sites. Definitely worth taking it and go for the whole-day tour as you will get to see everything, including the Weta Studios, where the movies are shot and animations made.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    We did the full day tour. I can't remember our guide’s name (maybe Elvik)? He actually looked a little like a hobbit which made the experience even better. The whole tour was well planned. You see quite a few site which was super well done. The guide showed us a location and then a photo from the movie for reference so you could see what it looked like in the movie. Which was so much better than just saying "here a spot where they did such and such." On top of that our guide was super knowledgeable and was full of fun facts about the movie, actors, and just interesting things about New Zealand. He also managed to find the right balance between talking and not over doing it. The whole experience was just magical.
    On top of that, one of the first things he did was point out where bathroom stops would be during the day. I always appreciate having that information.

    The lunch menu even had everything named in LOTR style -- Bacon Benedict Cumberbatch, Gandalf’s bowl of mixed goodness, ............ For lunch we went to Scotch O-Rama where the food was really good.

    So all in all, it was one of our highlights in New Zealand and we had a really great trip so that’s saying something.

  • 04-Oct-2019

    My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we are huge LOTR fans so this tour was a must for us. I must say, we both loved it and it was one of our fave tours of our whole trip. Our guide (sorry, blanking on his name) was great and had so much insider knowledge. He taught us things we didn't know about the series and pointed out every location, with pictures, that we visited. It was extremely awesome seeing a bunch of the places LOTR was shot, and to be in the same spots some of the actors were in once. Lunch was also pretty good and we got to eat at the cafe where the actors were regulars at during filming. Overall, it was an amazing day. Highly recommended!

  • 21-Aug-2019

    Fantastic day tour: our guide/driver Dave was wonderful and with 6 'tourists' on tour, it was a great mix of nationalities, personalities, ages and enthusiasts. We had great interaction with Dave re LOTR knowledge and trivia plus he took many photos of us, for us @ each location. Our lunch stop @ Scorch-o-Rama was brilliant and the tour of Weta Cave and Weta Workshop were awesome. Our film-location stops were great and the "photo's" showcasing the actual filmed sequence shot there, really enhanced the experience. A thoroughly enjoyable and very full day, loved every minute.

  • 02-Aug-2019

    We certainly enjoyed Grant, our faithful guide, for his enthusiasm and encouragement. The Weta Cave was a bonus and so informative.
    To real fans, the tour was nearly a spiritual experience!

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