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From Queenstown: Full-Day Tour To Filming Locations Of Lord Of The Rings

★★★★★ 5 / 5 4 Reviews
Discover all of the South Island of New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings filming locations on this full-day tour from Queenstown. Journey to Middle-earth and beyond visiting such film sites as Ithilien Camp, Amon Hen, Lothlórien, and more. Enjoy interesting commentary by your storytelling guide and fun photo opportunities with replica props from the LOTR trilogy. Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
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Your full day tour covers much ground to deliver the signature scenes from the famous movies that were shot around the Queenstown region. Commencing at 8am, the tour first travels West to Glenorchy and Paradise before returning to Queenstown for lunch followed by Arrowtown and Gibbston before finishing in Skippers Canyon.

Refreshments of tea, coffee, hot chocolate accompanied by biscuits and cake are served both morning and afternoon and a light lunch is supplied in one of the Queenstown cafes.

The morning tour travels along the Wakatipu Lake edge to the small hamlet of Glenorchy. This portion is scenic with many photo stops along the way and in the Paradise region of Mount Aspiring National Park, short walks on flat forest track are easy and the road is a mixture of seal and gravel.

The afternoon section is more rugged with short periods of rough ground and river crossings. The tour visits Gibbston and Arrowtown and the Skippers Canyon Road which is high and windy. Short walks are on well managed surfaces and the opportunity to pan for elven gold is beside the river on uneven ground.

Content of the tours include the setting s for; The Ford of Bruinen, Gladden Fields, The Pillars of the Kings, exodus from Edoras, Warg Battle, Misty Mountains, Itilien Camp, Oliphants, Caradhras, Lothlorien, Fangorn, Gap of Rohan, Isengard, Dunharrow and many backgrounds to the scenes.

Join us! “Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas! “

- What Will You Do

- Visit filming locations from LOTR, The Hobbit, X-men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and others
- Bring the films to life! Dress up and take photos in our replica props and visit Paradise Forest (the Forest of Middle-earth)
- Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
- See spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin and gold pan in the Arrow River

- What To Expect

Filming locations of the scenes:
- Misty Mountains
- Refugees of Rohan
- Battle of the Wargs scenes
- Isengard
- Ithilien Camp – Oliphants scene
- Lothlorien forest
- The Battle of Amon Hen/Seat of Seeing
- Pillars of the Kings
- Ford of Bruinen
- Gladden Fields
- OUR Road to Mordor

- What Is Included

- Movie props
- Gold panning
- Refreshments
- Lunch
- Pickup from Town Centre or Queenstown accommodation
- Professional guide
- Tour on vehicle 4x4

- What Is Not Included

- Gratuities (optional)

- Transfers

We will pick you up and drop you off in your accommodation in Queenstown. Please contact us after booking to provide your address and arrange a meeting time.


Will I see sets from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit?
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.
How long is the trip?
9.5 hours (1 hour for lunch).
Where will we have lunch?
A local café – Yonder, 14 Church Street.
Is any walking involved?
Our Glenorchy trips include an easy 15 minute (return) nature walk to a LOTR scene over a formed trail. Clients have the option of staying in or near the vehicle if they wish at any of the stops on any of our tours.
What type of vehicles do you use?
6 seater 4WD Land Rover or Land Cruiser.

Customer Reviews (4 reviews)

Great way to see LOTR locations

★★★★★ Reviewed by Peter on 2019-06-20
We took the full-day LOTR tour (which combines the two half-day tours) while in Queenstown at the end of our trip through New Zealand with Red Carpet Tours. We went to the Glenorchy area in the morning, and we especially liked the Ithilien location as well as the forest where Boromir is killed. They provided a great lunch back in Queenstown, and then went on the other tour in the afternoon. Driving through the Arrow River was a great experience by itself, but it also allowed us to see the Ford of Bruinen location from the film. We were particularly impressed with Jenny, who was our afternoon driver/guide. Highly recommended!


★★★★★ Reviewed by Margaret on 2019-03-25
We took the LOTR trip with Nomad and had the most amazing time. The scenery was spectacular, the locations and info on LOTR amazing, and it was beyond fun going through the rivers and up the side of the mountain. Our guide - Marcelo - was FANTASTIC!!!! Thank you for giving us the time of our lives, Marcelo. When (not if) we come back, we are going to book this again it was so much fun !!!!!

Exciting, beautiful, and fun!

★★★★★ Reviewed by Sarah on 2019-03-22
We had the best time with "E" and Genny! "E's" sense of humor was second to none, and he had a lot of knowledge about not only the places we visited, but New Zealand in general! Genny was kind, adventurous, funny, and knowledgeable! Both guides made this trip amazing in their own ways, and we were thankful to have them lead us around!

Great tour, not only for LOTR fans!

★★★★★ Reviewed by Lukas on 2019-02-25
First of all: compliments to Justin and Saara for being the best tour guides ever! The tour is not only LOTR, also because a lot of LOTR locations are in Wellington, but Nomad Safaris makes the best out of what this cool area has to offer! You also get to know Queenstown and the area itself, which is nice too. Recommendation from my wife and me!

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