Safari of the Scenes: Wakatipu Basin

Explore Middle Earth and the beauty of Queenstown on this incredible scenic safari!

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4 hours
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Start & End Time
8:15 am & 1:30 pm
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Max Group Size
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Pick-Up & Drop-Off
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NZD $225
Child: NZD $99
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What's Included

  • Spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin and Deer Park Heights
  • Discover fascinating Lord of the Rings filming locations like the Misty MountainsPillars of the Kings, the Ford of Bruinen and Gladden Fields
  • Travel on the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
  • Gold pan in the Arrow River
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea included 
  • Pick up from central accommodation or town centre


What's excluded

Bring drinking water and a camera.

Why do we love this

"We love it because this isn't just any Lord of the Rings tour! This trip combines all the LOTR filming locations with an awesome 4WD for that added adrenaline rush. Besides exploring all the famous movie sets, you'll also get to learn a bit about Queenstown history as you gold pan in the Arrow River and drive through Skippers Canyon. The combination of 'Hollywood' and history is something a little bit different, and we think that's pretty exciting!"


Get ready to experience a Lord of the Rings adventure! Film sets coupled with an exciting 4WD tour through Wakatipu Basin make this tour stand out. It's the quintessential Lord of the Rings New Zealand experience but with a special twist!

You'll see iconic sets from all sorts of angles! Enjoy a trip to Deer Park Heights that will give you a birdseye view onto the site of the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes and drive through The Remarkables, a mountain range used for different scenes throughout the trilogies!

You'll also get to visit Kawarau Gorge and Arrowtown where filming took place for the Pillars of the Kings and Gladden Fields scenes. Arrowtown is also where your historical adventure begins! Take the original gold mining road up the Arrow River to another LOTR site, the Ford of Bruinen, and try your hand at a spot of gold panning after enjoying morning or afternoon tea! There'll also be the chance to explore Skippers Canyon and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin.

Lord of the Rings locations visited are Misty Mountains, Refugees of Rohan, Battle of the Wargs scenes, Pillars of the Kings, Ford of Bruinen, Gladden Fields and NOMAD's Road to Mordor.
Each tour begins at 8:15 amor 1:30 pm and takes approximately 4 hours. 


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No. As part of gaining permission to film in the spectacular locations , the producers were required to dismantle all sets except for Hobbiton. We specialise in showing you where specific scenes were filmed. Many of the movie locations are recognisable on our trips and your guide will give you insights into the stories behind them.

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Not a lot of walking is required.  Clients have the option of staying in or near the vehicle if they wish at any of the stops on any of our tours.

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6 seater 4WD Land Rover or Land Cruiser.

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Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the trip will incur no cancellation fee.
Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
Customers who do not turn up for a departure will not be entitled to any refund. You will be invoiced for the full amount of the booking.
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Minimum numbers of 2 passengers are required to confirm all trips. On NZ statutory holidays, minimum numbers of 4 pax apply to all trips.
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  • Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the trip will incur no cancellation fee
  • Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee

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