Our Half day Lord of the Rings location tour brings the best locations in Wellington City. This is the best way to see Wellington's Lord of the Rings locations in half a day with the experience of our knowledgeable Lord of the Rings specialist guides.
There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City. We start by heading down Courtenay Place, the nightlife centre of Wellington. This is where we find the Embassy Movie theatre where they had the world premier of LOTR: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. See where the stars walked & 100,000 people gathered to watch.
Then it's up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City & Harbor we drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here we leave the vehicle and walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. We visit many different scenes here including "Shortcut to Mushrooms", " Get off the Road", "Race to the Ferry", "Dunharrow Plateau" and more.
For the second part of the tour, it's off to 'Wellywood' the heart of the Wellington Film industry. We drive out to the suburb of Mirimar where Peter Jackson & Weta NZ Have put thie film studios & post production facilities. We stop at the Weta Cave and visit the brand new 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition. This is a guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then we see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. After time to allow you to see the mini-museum & souvenir shop we take you back to the city.
This is a great tour for people who only have a short time in Wellington and want to get the most out of their time here.