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OUR FAVORITE LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR - HALF DAY

Per Person $113 USD
Child (Ages 3-14) $61 USD
Child (Under age 2) $0 USD
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OUR FAVORITE LORD OF THE RINGS TOUR - HALF DAY

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Lord of the Rings fans will be thrilled to see some of the actual filming locations of these iconic films. At the Weta Workshop, learn how special effects, creatures, editing and more were seamlessly blended together to bring J. R. R. Tolkien's beloved stories of Hobbits, Wizards, Orcs, and more, to life.

With a Lord of the Rings specialist as your guide, you're in for a fun, informative and exciting day. We begin with a tour of some of Wellington's highlights and see the Embassy Cinema, site of the world premieres of The Return of the King (my personal favorite) and An Unexpected Journey.

A stop at the Mt. Victoria lookout provides a gorgeous overview of the city before we head down to a pine forest. Here we'll experience the actual locations for such memorable movie scenes as “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). We suggest you watch the movies again before this tour to refresh your memory of these significant sequences.

Next we will visit an incredible place, the Weta Workshop. This is the real heart of not only the Lord of the Rings movie's creatures, special effects, props, and costumes but the entire New Zealand film industry. Watch a documentary with many behind-the-scenes details on the making of the LOTR films, take a selfie with your favorite Orc (?) or other LOTR characters and find the perfect souvenir in their shop of props and collectibles.

To quote Samwise Gamgee: "I wonder if people will ever say, 'Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring.' And they'll say 'Yes, that's one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn't he, Dad?' 'Yes, my boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that's saying a lot." J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from cruise ship pier or Wellington hotel
  • Lord of the Rings specialist guide
  • Embassy Cinema
  • Mt. Victoria lookout
  • Four filming locations
  • Weta Workshop
  • Scenic harbor drive

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (4 hrs)
  • 1:30 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• All entry fees and taxes are included in the price of the tour.
• Since part of this tour takes place outdoors, please dress for the weather.

Restrictions

• This tour can accommodate a maximum of 23 people.
• Children under age 2 are free of charge but must be included in your reservation.
• Due to uneven terrain, this tour cannot accept those with limited mobility.
• This tour is not available on Christmas Day.