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Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

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  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 or 8 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3653FLQ5_FLW5
See Middle-earth for yourself on this scenic tour of The Lord of the Rings outdoor filming locations in the Wellington area. Travel around in a comfortable vehicle, stopping at locations that served as the Shire, River Anduin, Helm Deep, Rivendell and more. As you channel your inner Gandalf or Frodo, hear fun facts and insider commentary from a guide. Refreshments are included. Choose either a half-day or full-day tour; each is limited to only six passengers, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
While most of the structures from The Lord of the Rings films have been removed, the scenery surrounding Wellington remains an image of Middle-earth. Tour the area by comfortable air-conditioned bus, listening to commentary and behind-the-scenes stories from your guide, a knowledgeable Middle-earth enthusiast.

Half-Day Tour (4 hours):
Your Middle-earth film locations tour starts with pickup in Wellington in either the morning or afternoon, depending on option selected. With your guide, set off into the countryside to see the spectacular North Island locations where scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed.

Visit the filming sites for the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard and the River Anduin; discover the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor; and see where the Hobbits raced to the ferry. See the site that served as Rivendell when Frodo recovered from his knife attack, the location of the river where Aragorn washed up after the Warg attack and the place where Gandalf rode to see Saruman.

You’ll also head up to the Mt Victoria lookout for photo ops and panoramic views of the city. During the tour, morning or afternoon tea is provided.

Your tour ends when you return to your departure point in Wellington.

Full-Day Tour (8 hours):
After departing Wellington in the morning with your guide, take off on an entertaining journey through the Wellington region. This full-day tour takes in all of the Middle-earth sites from the half-day tour, as well as a few others.

The morning portion of your adventure follows the same itinerary as the half-day tour, including a snack for morning tea. Then enjoy an outdoor lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit beautiful Fernside Lake, which was used during filming as part of Lothlorien and the Gladden fields. Admire the lakeside spot where Smeagol and Deagol fought for the ring, and see the white bridge that serves as a reminder of the Lothlorien bridge.

The full-day tour also includes a visit to Miramar, where many of the films’ stars and crew, including Peter Jackson, lived and worked during production. Your last stop is Weta Cave, a souvenir shop and mini-museum where you can purchase collectibles and watch an interview with Peter Jackson and a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the film trilogy.

Your day tour ends with return to your departure point in Wellington.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from centrally located Wellington hotels, Wellington airport or cruise port
Departure Time:
9am or 1:30pm – you must select one when booking

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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9AM- Half Day Tour
Code: FLQ5A

Middle Earth Filming Locations Quick Tour

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Middle Earth Filming Locations Quick Tour

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9AM - Full Day Tour
Code: FLW5

Middle Earth Filming Locations Tour - full-day extended version

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Middle-Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

Middle Earth Filming Location Lord of The Rings Trilogy Tours

Inclusions:
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Picnic lunch (full-day tour only)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Attention cruise ship passengers: Please note that you'll be picked up directly at the dock as soon as you disembark your ship; on-time return to ship is NOT guaranteed
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jane K, November 2012

Comfortable vehicle and provision of morning refreshments very welcome. Not too much time spent driving from location to location. Very knowledgable tour guide.

Reviewed by: John B, August 2011

one word excellent

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