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Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour

  • Tour the Weta Cave, home of world-class, award-winning special effects
  • Hear commentary from a guide with behind-the-scenes LOTR knowledge
  • Learn why director Peter Jackson chose this region for his Hobbit-y films
Wellington's Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour
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Morning Tour: 8:30amMost Popular
Lord of the Rings half-day tour departing from Wellington at 8:30am
Afternoon Tour: 1:30pm
Lord of the Rings half-day tour departing from Wellington at 1:30pm
Journey to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth on a morning or afternoon half-day Lord of the Rings tour from Wellington. Your guide takes you through New Zealand’s scenic countryside to key LOTR-related locations such as Weta Workshop and the Embassy Theatre—where several LOTR films premiered. Hear insider information about the productions on a tour that is informative and entertaining for LOTR fans and newcomers alike.
What to Expect

After hotel pickup in Wellington, head to the Courtenay Quarter and stop at the Embassy Theatre, where several Lord of the Rings films premiered. Continue to Mount Victoria for views over Wellington and the harbor, then drive to the Green Belt, where you may recognize settings for Middle-earth scenes such as “Race to the Ferry” and “Shortcut to Mushrooms.”

Next up, take a guided tour of Weta Workshop, located in the center of Wellington’s movie industry (aka Wellywood). Explore the production facilities at the Weta Cave, where crews created the extraordinary props and makeup for LOTR and other films, including The Hobbit, District 9, and Avatar. Learn more about filmmaking here at the Windows into Workshop exhibition, and watch a short film about digital special effects.

Enjoy some free time in the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before your tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel.

Reviews (140)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Hidden Secrets

A well organised half day tour which was well presented with facts and anecdotal comment.The guides knew their stuff! Those Lord of The Rings trees will never look the same! And the Weta workshop tour was well presented and detailed. Time very well spent!

Thank Terence C
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile
Enthusiastic Guide with Great Insights into Movie

We had a fun morning visiting Mount Victoria and then some film shooting locations near there. The guide (Wyeth) was great and very enthusiastic and engaging. My son was completely enthralled! The Weta workshop tour was interesting with some interesting props which you could hold....More

Thank 747travelfan
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Hi, Glad to hear you had a fun day with Wyeth, and especially that your kids enjoyed themselves. The tour at Weta especially is ideal for children that age, as there is so much to get your imagination going. You're right in saying Weta is...More

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Most Fun Tour Ever - #Fattybombur, aka Kent Lambert!!!

To tour the environment/settings for the Lord of the Rings movie in itself was fun, but to have someone who was a part of the entire Peter Jackson NZ movie explosion, including being in the movies, well, that's another thing entirely. Now add in that...More

2  Thank Sanjo R
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Sanjo, Evidently you enjoyed your day with Kent! He certainly is a character and we're very lucky to have someone who worked so extensively on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies as part of our team. His physical appearance does immediately...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Great tour

The only regret is that our ship's schedule didn't allow us to do the full day tour. Well done to the admin that spotted this before we left. Our tour guide was a real character himself - Ray of Rivendell. Full of information, knowledge and...More

1  Thank Anne T
RTG l, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi Anne, It is always a shame when cruise ship times mean you can't join us all day, but I guess it's just a convenient excuse to come back! Ray is indeed a character and enjoys telling stories as much as you enjoyed hearing them!...More

Reviewed 1 February 2018
a terrific experience

We had a wonderful tour guide Lauren who was really friendly and made our journey enjoyable and informative. A highlight was the Weta studio tour and Reece really engaged us in the behind the scenes of movie making. He was articulate and passionate about his...More

Thank Sandra M
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