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

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

Explore the best locations in Wellingtons Middle Earth. The best way to see Wellington’s Lord of the Rings locations in half a day.

There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City. We start by heading down Courtenay Place, the nightlife centre of Wellington. This is where we find the Embassy Movie theatre where they had the world premier of LOTR: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Then it's up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City & Harbor we drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here we leave the vehicle and walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. We visit many different scenes here including "Shortcut to Mushrooms", " Get off the Road", "Race to the Ferry", "Dunharrow Plateau" and more.

For the second part of the tour, it's off to 'Wellywood' the heart of the Wellington Film industry. We drive out to the suburb of Mirimar where Peter Jackson & Weta NZ Have put thie film studios & post production facilities. We stop at the Weta Cave and visit the brand new 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition. This is a guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then we see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. After time to allow you to see the mini-museum & souvenir shop we take you back to the city.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cultural & Themed Day Tours
From: Wellington to Wellington
Price:
From (NZD) $95 per person
Duration: 1/2 Day
Tour Code: WRTLOTR2

Inclusions

Complimentary inner city hotel pick up & drop offs
Free souvenir map, short walks
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, Rivendell, Fords of Isen, Gardens of Isengard, River Anduin, Minas Tirith, Helms Deep

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Twice Daily. All year round, Any weather.
  • Departure Point: Wellington i-Site, corner of Victoria & Wakefield St (or centrally located accommodations)
  • Departure Time: 8.30am and 1.30pm
  • Duration: Allow around 4 hours
  • Return Details: 12:30 & 5:30pm approximately
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • Film locations are off road across unsealed, sloping paths. Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility
  • 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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4.5/5.0

There are 13 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

4
19/01/2018
Would have been nice to see more detail at the WETA studios like actual CGI workplaces or actual studio.
Overall Tour Rating

4
16/01/2018
A good tour if you're a LOTR fan. WETA studio was interesting. Would have liked a proper afternoon tea stop. Our tour guide did pull over at a coffee shop.
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5
29/12/2017
Very good tour all staff were lovely and very informative, a tour well worth the time to take. Thanks again will recommend this to our friends.
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5
28/11/2017
Lesley, the tour guide, was fantastic. She was genuinely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining. For a LOTR fan, this added so much more value to the Weta Workshops tour. Also, we got a great view of Wellington from Mt Victoria.
Overall Tour Rating

5
06/04/2017
Thoroughly enjoyable. Well worth the cost. Our driver was fantastic and the guided tour of the Weta workshop was awesome.
Overall Tour Rating

4
17/01/2017
This tour was very insightful. Our guide was very friendly and also took us to a lookout point to see most of Wellington. It was great to see Weta and learn about film making. The only negative feedback was that as we had to leave the cruise ship early and weren't allowed to carry out any snacks with us (due to New Zealand customs), we were extremely hungry by the end of this tour.
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5
10/01/2017
Tour guide was excellent and tour enjoyed by all our group.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/01/2016
Loved the experience of going to some of the film locations of LOTR, informative + friendly guide, the Weta cave was very interesting + the studio visit was amazing to see some of the props, weapons, costumes + make up! I highly recommend this tour for the whole family.
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4
15/04/2014
The Weta Workshop right in the suburbs of Wellington was especially interesting for someone like me who has not been inside a creative workshop like that.
Overall Tour Rating

5
29/01/2014
Fantastic tour, guide was great we were all treated to a very enjoyable half day tour could not fault :0) 12/10
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3
19/12/2013
The part done by Rover tours was excellent - I felt it was let down by the Weta Studios section. The lady who took us through the workshop was distinctly lacklustre. We would have been better off with the short movie first - and I'm sure Weta could improve their displays by grouping items from individual movies together. The display explaining the process - the lady then duplicated that explanation which was quite boring.
Overall Tour Rating

5
23/09/2013
The tour was amazing and our guide, Jack, couldn't have been more enthusiastic and knowledgable about all things Tolkien. A $50 tip on a $95 tour price should say it all.
Overall Tour Rating

4
01/01/2012
It was beautiful day and guide was helpful and he gave us a lot of info on the movie. I's recommend this tour.
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Wellington Small Group LOTR Tour | Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour
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Tour Code: WRTLOTR2
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