wellington lord of the rings tours nz

Half Day Locations

$145 per adult / $72.50 per child

A small group tour operated by an expert Lord of the Rings guide, this half day tour explores the very best filming locations the Wellington Region has to offer. After your hotel pick-up, you leave the city behind and seek out the beautiful, natural settings that made New Zealand into Middle-earth. Although no sets remain on any of the locations, you will be astounded how these places were transformed into some of your favourite scenes from the films.


Starting at the Hutt River, see where the Fellowship voyaged down the Great River Anduin towards Amon Hen after leaving Lothlorien. Then the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf sought advice from Saruman the White about the Ring and Saruman’s orc army destroy the gardens to fuel the fires to build weapons. Continuing up Highway 2, you then visit Kaitoke Regional Park, a stunning New Zealand rain forest that became Rivendell. Wander the paths walked by Elrond and Arwen, and the newly formed Fellowship of the Ring.


You then pause for a moment with a refreshing morning/afternoon tea before heading back to the city, passing by the quarry used for Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith on the way. Making your way up Mt Victoria you stop to see the Outer Shire, where the four Hobbits find a “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” famously “Get off the road,” and “Race to the Buckleberry ferry.” You also see where Aragorn and Theoden overlook their troops at the “Dunharrow Encampment” before finishing the tour at the fantastic Mt Victoria lookout with breath-taking views of Wellington City, region, and “Wellywood,” the home of the Wellington Film Industry.

This tour has limited availability so is not bookable directly on this website. Please contact us directly at bookings@roverringstours.co.nz or 0800 426211 to check availability.

What you need to know

    • Half Day
    • Four hours duration
    • Pick up 8:30am or 1:30pm
    • Return: 12:30pm or 5:30pm
    • Hotel or Wellington Central pick ups
    • Refreshments, morning or afternoon tea
    • Entry fees and GST included
    • Air-conditioned luxury vehicle
    • Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility
    • Child rates for 14 years & under and must travel with paying adult
    • Infants 2 years and under travel free but must be booked in as a passenger