Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

A fabulous Lord of the Rings tour for those short on time. Explore film locations around Wellington city before visiting "Wellywood" - the heart of the Wellington film industry.

Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

This half day tour takes you to the best locations in Wellington City. Explore key sites in the film-making process with your specialist Lord of the Rings guide.

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.”
Tour Type: Activity
From: Wellington to Wellington
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 4 hours
Tour Code: DWLG03

Regions Visited

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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


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $110 NZD $55 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tours depart at 8.30am and 12.30pm.

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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