Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

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From USD 156.58

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
  • The Lord of the Rings filming locations tour of Glenorchy from Queenstown
  • See film sites like Ithilien Camp, Isengard, Forest of Amon Hen and Lothlorien and more
  • Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery
  • Admire breathtaking views along Lake Wakatipu and enjoy amazing photo opportunities
  • See additional sites where scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed
  • Listen to interesting facts about New Zealand's history, flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle ensures a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Light refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and cookies)
  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 37 Shotover Street
    37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pickup from town centre or Queenstown accommodations.

What To Expect

Meet your driver-guide upon hotel pickup in Queenstown and hop into a six-passenger 4WD for the picturesque drive to Glenorchy. You’ll see several South Island filming locations selected by director Peter Jackson and showcased in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Hear fascinating commentary from your in-the-know guide, and stop for photo ops at landscapes you’ll instantly recognize, such as the Fortress of Isengard and Forest of Amon Hen. Approximately 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Glenorchy lies the countryside locale of Paradise, site of the Forest of Lothlorien. Your guide takes you to a charming village near the vivid waters of Lake Wakatipu, considered the ‘Gateway to Paradise.’

Make another stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the no-man’s-land between Gondor and Mordor, known to JRR Tolkien fans as Ithilien Camp. On the return to Queenstown, enjoy hot beverages with fruit cake and cookies, and get a glimpse of additional movie locations from other films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your half-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Pickup from all central Queenstown accommodations. Hilton pickup on request
  • Minimum numbers apply (min 2 per tour for confirmed departure, min 4 on NZ public holidays). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please Note: Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surround suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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172 reviews
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Best ever
SanDion, Apr 2023
Best experience , and wonderful view , its a must tour if you are a fan of middle earth, very spectacular view,
Lord of the rings tour Glenorchy from Queenstown NZ
James_N, Mar 2023
This was a great Lord of the Rings tour to Glenorchy out of Queenstown NZ . They took us to different shooting locations from the movies. They showed us the real pictures from the movies and explained the different scenes at each location. I only gave it 3 stars because our driver was doing the tour for his first time so we followed another van and guide to each site. We then got out and listened to her explain the sight. I felt sorry for him to have him pushed into his own van without any training or even not knowing the movies. The other van had full explanation of the movies and locations while driving to the next sight , we did not get that. I believe they should have put him in the van with the experienced tour guide until he got the job on his own, they pushed him into the van so they could have another tour operating at the same time to keep the clients $$$. It was supposed to be a small group tour but turned out to be a 12 person tour in two vans. I was not impressed!
Lord or Bored? Either way you’ll love it.
Steven_D, Feb 2023
Very knowledgeable and engaging guide. Spectacular scenery. My wife is the LOTR fan unlike me! She loved the details from the filming I just loved the locations and scenery. You do not have to be a Tolkien fan to enjoy this trip.
Just like Being in the Hobbit - The Unexpected Journey
Vincent_V, Feb 2023
Being in Hobbiton with all the hobbit houses and props felt like being in the movie! Topping it off with a drink of ale at the Green Dragon was the icing on the cake!
Guide earned this tour an extra star
Susan R, Dec 2019
Our guide, Graeme, was fully engaged with those in our tour group, answering our questions fully and being knowledgeable about the locations we were taken to. He also shared interesting information about the area, its history, pertinent events. Our group totalled 4 in number, which was a nice size. The weather wasn't great due to intermittent rain, but that didn't dampen our spirits. Well worth the price of admission! Thanks, Nomad Safaris and Graeme!
Mirciulina_a, Dec 2019
Great team work.It was a very enjoyable experience.The weather was also fantastic.I am happy to recommend this activity
Fulfilled my LOTR dream
alanlochuang, Aug 2019
Our tour guide Kevin is so knowledgeable and hospitable - thank you thank you thank you! We enjoyed listening to the highlights along our drive to Glenorchy and were super excited to see the set locations in real life. The views were breathtaking and there were many moments during our drive that made my heart sigh with joy. And the highlight of the trip was us posing in costumes and props and taking our LOTR shot.
Amazing 👍😄
Karen_D, Aug 2019
This tour was fantastic - I’m a big LOTR fan & the experience was just amazing. Our guide was very informative 😀
Fantastic Tour
philippe_A, Jan 2019
We are fan of LOTR and NZ.This tour was perfect for us => fantastic views + memories of LOTR !!!Our guild Justine was amazing.Thanks a lotCheers!
Not to be missed
Darren_B, Nov 2018
Our guide was fantastic, the scenery was just amazing. We had not seen Lord of the Rings but we want to now. Highly recommend
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans...
Brian_B, Mar 2018
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans our dog is even named after one of the characters, so we did quite a few LOTR tours while in New Zealand. We were extremely happy with this tour. The scenery was gorgeous. Yes, you could probably drive to these places yourself, but would most likely get lost. It helped having a tour guide know where we were going. Our favorite spot was playing with the swords in the forest. We had an epic battle scene that made the tour.
I was hesitant about taking this...
Gregory_H, Feb 2018
I was hesitant about taking this tour as I figured it would be hokey Lord of the Rings stuff. I am NOT a LOTR buff, but wanted to see the scenery. I am so glad I went! Our tour guide was an old hippie who knew his stuff, told fascinating stories and was great with the small group. I can't even begin to describe the scenery. Highly recommend!
Probably one of the best day-trips I...
Roy H, Feb 2018
Probably one of the best day-trips I had in the 2 weeks while in New Zealand. Guide was big into the movie and detailed out every single stop. I would consider a must-do if in Christchurch.
Our driver/guide, Renato was...
Bernadette L, Jan 2018
Our driver/guide, Renato was friendly and cheerful. He knew what he was talking about and nothing was too much trouble. Thank-you!
Santiago, our tour guide, was just...
Bernane S, Jan 2018
Santiago, our tour guide, was just the best! We can tell how passionate he is with the movies that were filmed in these sites, especially The Lord of the Rings. He was not only a good storyteller, he was very helpful and very friendly. Thanks!
Our guide Renato was great! Very...
scapephile, Nov 2017
Our guide Renato was great! Very adaptable to our group which included some who had not seen the films. Photos of the scenes from the film to show you were really there was great! Only thing I will mention is it said lunch so we didn't eat before hand and there was a tea break but otherwise very good. Comfortable ride and beautiful sites.
This was a very enjoyable and...
Hilton S, Nov 2017
This was a very enjoyable and interesting tour, especially for a Lord of the Rings fan. Badger was a great, very knowledgeable tour guide.
Beautiful scenery, but basically...
lindaq55, Oct 2017
Beautiful scenery, but basically looking at pictures and being told you are standing at sight where filmed. Your on national parkland, so any film structures were removed after filming. Cute photo op in forest where sword fight took place.
Interesting trip saw several sights...
L'Ann L, Oct 2017
Interesting trip saw several sights from the movies. I did not realize when I booked this that I would not see the village where the Hobbits lived. Learned later that that site is in New Zealand Our guide was very informative and really enjoyed his job of showing us around and setting up each scene as we saw it. The robes were fun to play act in the area where major scenes were filmed. Beautiful countryside!
For LOTR fanatics, this tour is a...
Carol_R, Oct 2017
For LOTR fanatics, this tour is a must! Badger was full of energy and enthusiasm explaining in detail the filming locations. And for those who would love to enjoy the beautiful scenery outside of Queenstown, have this in your list. Glenorchy and Paradise are not to be missed!

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