Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour

A 'must do' Lord of the Rings tour for anyone visiting Wellington. Explore the "Outer Shire", visit Weta Studios and see many wonderful film locations.

Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour

Follow in the Footsteps of Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elves and Men.

You will see the Embassy Cinema, which hosted the world premieres of The Return of the King and An Unexpected Journey. You then visit the Mt Victoria lookout for stunning views across Wellington City and Harbour, before a short descent into a unique pine forest where Peter Jackson began the filming of his epic trilogy. You see such scenes as the “Dunharrow Encampment,” “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” “Race to the Buckleberry Ferry,” and the iconic “Get off the Road” scene, where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders.

Following this, you’ll take a short trip to Miramar, the home of the Wellington film industry, to visit Weta – the company who designed and fabricated almost everything Middle-earth. We show you the studios and post production facilities that helped bring these films to screen before settling at the Weta Cave. Here you have a chance to pose for photos with various characters and marvel at the craftsmanship of the sculptures, armour and weapons on display, and pick up those essential souvenirs and gifts.

Here you watch a behind the scenes documentary that details the history of the Weta company, from it’s origins through to present day, and enjoy the “Windows into Workshop” tour. Guided by an actual Weta technician, this tour delves into the creativity and ingenuity needed to create the physical effects for some of the biggest and best movies ever, not just Middle-earth. It will leave you amazed at the vast influence Weta has had on the film industry and in no doubt why we call the area “Wellywood.”

You begin the afternoon with an orc sized lunch from a brilliant beach side cafe called Scorch-O-Rama. Lunch is included in the price of your tour. Once refuelled, you can relax as your guide tells more stories of how Lord of the Rings came to life in New Zealand as you head towards more filming locations out of the city.

Starting at the Hutt River, see where the Fellowship voyaged down the Great River Anduin towards Amon Hen. Then the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf sought advice from Saruman the White about the Ring before Saruman’s orc army destroy the gardens. Continuing up Highway 2, you then visit Kaitoke Regional Park, a stunning New Zealand rain forest that became Rivendell. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea before wandering the paths walked by Elrond and Arwen, and the newly formed Fellowship of the Ring.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Wellington to Wellington
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: DWLG04

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Tour Inclusions

  • Specialist Lord of the Rings guide
  • Mt Victoria
  • Visit location where scenes were filmed
  • Visit Miramar
  • Watch behind the scenes documentary
  • Lunch at Scorch-O-Rama
  • Visit Kaitoke Regional Park - a stunning rain forest that became Rivendell


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $225 NZD $110 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.30am.

Children: Child age is 2 - 14 years.

Additional notes
  • Film locations are off road across unsealed, sloping paths
  • Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility
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