Wellington Small Group LOTR Tour | Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour

Wellington Small Group LOTR Tour | Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour

Follow in the Footsteps of Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elves & Men

We cover a lot of ground on the tour, but there is enough time to explore; recreate scenes for yourself and work out how the movies were made. Due to our small group size we are the specialist in getting you amongst the action whilst enjoying a personal experience. The scenery of Wellington mirrors that of Middle Earth. Come explore it with us on this relaxing Full day tour!

We pick up from your central city accommodation between 8.30am and 9am. The morning is spent exploring the city locations on Mount Victoria and the 'greenbelt' we spend 40min walking through the OUTER SHIRE. This location includes the famous 'Get off the road' scene, the 'shortcut to mushrooms' and the Black Rider scenes and many more.

Then it's off to the Weta Studios for an inside look at the Wellington film industry. Our visit to Weta will include the BRAND NEW 'Window into Workshop' exhibition; which is a guided tour of the inner working of the Weta Studios; the physical side of the film production company. Also a short film showcasing the Digital side of Weta. And finally a opportunity to peruse the Weta Cave Museum and Shop.

After the mornings excitement, it's time for an Orc sized lunch. We head out to Scorch-O-Rama cafe for an LOTR themed menu designed especially for us. This is included in the cost of your tour.

The afternoon is spent exploring the Hutt Valley. Stops include the Hutt River (Great River Anduin) and Harcourt Park (Gardens of Isengard and where the Orcs felled the trees). And finally we 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!

We also see the location where Helms Deep & Minas Tirith were filmed. This is now a working quarry and inaccessible to visitors.

We train up Lord of the Rings fans to be great guides. They are fun, knowledgeable and our biggest asset. Our roomy vans allow for interaction with the guides so you can chat with them and learn LOTR secrets all day. The tour is structured for the best experience. From the order we visit locations, to the order we visit different scenes at each location.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cultural & Themed Day Tours
From: Wellington to Wellington
Price: From (NZD) $225 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: WRTLOTR


Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
LOTR themed lunch menu at Scorch-o-Rama Café
Weta Cave visit
Free souvenir map, short walks
View iPod movie clips
Still photo screen shots to relive the movie
We visit and spend time in these film locations - Outskirts of the Shire (get off the road), Race to the Ferry, Dunharrow Village of Bree, Rivendell, Fords of Isen, Gardens of Isengard, River Anduin

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
  • Departure Time: Between 8.30am and 9.00am
  • Duration: Allow around 8 hours
  • Return Details: 4:30 – 5:00pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Tour runs in any weather. Film locations are off road across unsealed, sloping paths. Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

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There are 7 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Jackson was a great, entertaining, and knowledgeable tour guide. The organizational planning and detail coordination that went along with it made it work smoothly in spite of rain, fog, and heavy traffic. Loved it.....:)
Overall Tour Rating

What a wonderful tour, yes I will recommend this tour to my family and friends. Our tour guide chewy is so accommodating very friendly and you will learn so much from him about the LORD OF THE RING he knows it by heart. I have my grand daughter with me she too enjoyed it. It's the one tour every one shouldn't miss - it's awesome.
Overall Tour Rating

This is a comprehensive full-day tour. You start by visiting several sites in the forested hills above WETA Studios. Movie locations are pointed out and identified using captured movie screen shots for comparison. You then go to WETA Studios. You visit the gift shop first. It's crammed with memorabilia, and photos are allowed. Following this is a 45 minute no-photos tour where you see hundreds of props. After this you travel north about 20 miles and visit many movie location sites in Hutt Valley. One is the park that Peter Jackson 's team converted to 'Rivendell'. You have lunch then walk around and view numerous areas where filming took place. Everything is positively identified using photos. If you're a LOTR geek, this is the tour for you ... but you'll thoroughly enjoy it even if you're not. It was a really fun day. Everyone liked it.
Overall Tour Rating

The tour was AMAZING!!!! Our guide was Jack and he went out of his way to make sure our day was perfect :) Not only were the locations we visited beautiful and well-kept, but Jack was so knowledgeable about absolutely everything. Even just little tidbits about the movie production and/or cast and crew. And he was hilarious :) It makes a huge and wonderful difference to have someone so relaxed, funny and truly passionate about his job. And to see and hear that the Rivendell set is going to be rebuilt...I can't wait to come back :) So thank you to everyone responsible for making that day one of the best I've ever had.
Overall Tour Rating

A fantastic full day tour of the Lord of the Rings locations in Wellington! Our tour guide Mike was so enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable which made our experience even more enjoyable. Highlights of the tour are the visit to Weta Cave and the behind scenes workshop tour, the delicious lunch at Scorch-O-Rama Cafe and the visit to Rivendell (Kaitoke Regional Park).
Overall Tour Rating

The administration behind the scenes kept us well informed and collection of the 2 member of the tour was punctual. The group was provided with a wealth of information and given lots of factual and inside data to process. The vegetarian meal provided was filling and enjoyable. Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in the behind the scenes making of LOTR movies.
Overall Tour Rating

The best tour I've ever been on! Our tour guide, Mike, was absolutely fantastic. It was worth every penny.
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Wellington Small Group LOTR Tour | Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour
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Tour Code: WRTLOTR
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