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Private Tour for up to 3 people (Not a per person rate) $575 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 people (Not a per person rate) $728 USD
Private Tour for up to 5 people (Not a per person rate) $872 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 people (Not a per person rate) $1023 USD
Private Tour for up to 7 people (Not a per person rate) $1170 USD
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Standing in the same locations as Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn and Gandalf, you'll feel some of the excitement and adventures of your favorite J.R.R Tolkien characters, brought to life in various locations around Wellington by filmmaker Peter Jackson.

Thanks to the genius of Peter Jackson, filmmaker and creative force behind the Lord of the Rings movies, who envisioned Middle Earth in the beauty, variety, and richness of the land around Wellington, you get to experience Middle Earth for yourself, a bucket-list activity for all LOTR fans. With a Lord of the Rings specialist as your guide, you're in for the tour of a lifetime.

We begin at the Hutt River, where the members of the Fellowship of the Ring (yes, including Legolas!) traveled down the Great River Anduin toward Amon Hen after leaving Lothlorien.

We proceed to the lovely Gardens of Isengard, where Gandalf rides to meet Saruman in the Fellowship of the Ring and they discuss the finding of the ONE ring. This is also the place where, at Saruman's orders, the Orcs begin destroying the forest by chopping down its trees.

Kaitoke Regional Park, our next stop, is a stunningly beautiful New Zealand rainforest that became Rivendell, the ethereal, dream-like home of the Elvin realm. Trace the path of Elrond, Arwen, and the members of the Fellowship and see a replica of the elvish archway where Arwen and Aragorn shared that special kiss. If the company is right, you might consider re-enacting this famous scene.

At this point, we'll break for morning/afternoon tea. Refreshed, we will drive past the real working quarry used as the site of Helm's Deep, where King Théoden inspired his vastly outnumbered troops into the epic battle against Saruman and his brutal Orc-army. We'll also pass by the location used for the city of Minas Tirith, the glistening capital of Gondor. The awe-inspiring Mont Saint-Michel, situated high on a mountain, glistening in the sun or shrouded in fog, is the perfect embodiment of Minas Tirith.

As we make our way up to Mt. Victoria, we'll stop at the Outer Shire, where our four Hobbit friends find a "Shortcut to Mushrooms" (Hobbits are always hungry, you know), see the site of the famous "Get Off the Road" scene as well as the location of the “Race to the Buckleberry ferry" scene, where the Hobbits barely escape the Nazgul.

We will also see where Aragorn and Théoden overlook their troops at the “Dunharrow Encampment” before finishing the tour at the fantastic Mt Victoria lookout with breath-taking views of Wellington, the surrounding area and “Wellywood,” home of the Wellington Film Industry.

“I will take the Ring", he (Frodo) said, "though I do not know the way.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation
  • Lord of the Rings specialist guide
  • Mt. Victoria lookout
  • Multiple filming locations
  • Morning/afternoon tea
  • Scenic harbor drive
  • Filming locations visited
  • Hutt River (Great River Anduin)
  • Gardens of Isengard
  • Kaitoke Regional Park (Rivendell)
  • Helms Deep
  • Minas Tirith
  • The Outer Shire
  • "Shortcut to Mushrooms" scene
  • "Get off the Road" scene
  • "Dunharrow Encampment" scene
  • "Buckleberry Ferry" scene

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

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.


• Due to uneven terrain, this tour cannot accept those with limited mobility.