Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour

Dive behind the scenes of Lord of the Rings and discover filming locations and other secrets!

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Half day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start 8.30am or 1.30pm. End 12.30pm or 5.30pm.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
From NZD $110
Child (2-14 years): NZD $55
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What's Included

  • All transport
  • 'Windows into Workshop' tour
  • Specialist Lord of the Rings guide
  • Pickup from Wellington City


  • Mt Victoria
  • Locations of the 'Dunharrow Encampment', 'Shortcut to Mushrooms', and more
  • Weta Studios


Love Lord of the Rings? Then this is the tour for you. This half day experience takes you to the best locations in Wellington City and gives you the inside scoop on filming locations and more. Your specialist Lord of the Rings guide will show key sites in the film-making process and share exciting facts about them. Are you ready for an adventure?

Tours depart at 8.3am or 1.30pm. Pickup from Wellington city accommodation is included.

After you meet your guide, it's off to your first stop, Mount Victoria lookout. This is the best place for stunning views across Wellington City and Harbour. You won't believe your eyes! After checking out the view, it's time for a short descent into a pine forest... but this isn't just any pine forest. This is actually where Peter Jackson began the filming of his epic trilogy! You'll see where scenes such as the “Dunharrow Encampment,” “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” and “Race to the Buckleberry Ferry,” were shot, as well as where the iconic “Get off the Road” scene, where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders took place!

Afterward, you’ll take a short trip to Miramar, the home of the Wellington film industry. Here you'll visit Weta – the company who designed and fabricated almost everything Middle-earth. Your guide will show you the studios and post-production facilities that helped bring these films to screen.

Then, it's to settle in at the Weta Cave where you have a chance to pose for photos with various characters and marvel at the craftsmanship of the sculptures, armor, and weapons on display. Here, you'll also watch a behind the scenes documentary that details the history of the Weta company, from its origins through to present day. And as if that wasn't enough, you'll also have the chance to embark on the “Windows into Workshop” tour. Guided by an actual Weta technician, this tour delves into the process of creating the physical effects for some of the biggest and best movies ever. It will leave you amazed at the vast influence Weta has had on the film industry. You'll understand why locals call the area “Wellywood.” This is also the spot to pick up those essential souvenirs and gifts.

After leaving Weta, you'll finish the tour with a scenic drive around the harbor back to the city. 

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Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour

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Yes! Please dress appropriately and be ready for changeable weather. 

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Unfortunately no. The film locations we visit are off the road and we walk across uneven, unpaved, sloping paths. The tours are not suitable for wheelchairs, walking frames or people of limited mobility.

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We can offer complimentary pick-ups from anywhere within Central Wellington. If you are unsure if this includes your accommodation, please feel free to ask.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Tour runs in any weather
  • Film locations are off road across unsealed, sloping paths
  • Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility
  • Child rates for 14 years & under and must travel with paying adult
  • Infants 2 years and under travel free but must be booked in as a passenger

Cancellation Policy:

  • Confirmed bookings can be transferred to another day at no charge with 24 hours notice.
  • Cancellation of confirmed bookings 14 days prior to departure will be refunded in full.
  • For cancellations 7-13 days from the date of your tour you will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refund for cancellations within 7 days of the tour date. 

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  • Abel Tasman
  • Apollo Lodge
  • Astelia Apartment Hotel
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  • Bay Plaza
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Child (2-14 years): NZD $55
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