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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

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If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour from Queenstown. You’ll tour the countryside by 4WD and visit the locations where the Fortress of Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and other famous Peter Jackson scenes were filmed. Discover why New Zealand is the movie directors’ choice for film locations, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
You'll start at
37 Shotover Street
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  • 1
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 2
    Glenorchy Café & Bar - The GYC
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 3
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 4
    12 Mile Delta
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Visit several LOTR filming locations, from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • Recognize film landscapes such as Amon Hen, Lothlórien, and Isengard
  • Take home photos made extra fun with authentic replica film props
  • Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Queenstown hotel
What to Expect
Get picked up from your Queenstown hotel and hop into a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for the scenic drive to Glenorchy. Enjoy fascinating commentary from your Lord of the Rings–obsessed guide as you journey to several South Island filming locations.  The landscape begins to take on a sense of familiarity as you venture deep into the breathtaking landscapes of Middle-earth, passing through such LOTR filming locations as Ithilien Camp, the forest of Amon Hen, and Isengard. Stop often for photographs, enhanced with capes and swords to ensure some fun take-home shots. This half-day tour—which accommodates a maximum of six people, ensuring a more personalized experience—includes hot beverages and snacks. And as a bonus you also pass by filming locations of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  Your Lord of the Rings tour ends with drop-off back at your Queenstown hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
37 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from town centre or Queenstown accommodations.
4h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Light refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and cookies)
  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We took the Glenorchy tour with Soap, who was a fantastic guide. He brought us to areas where they shot Lord of the Rings but also other movies like Wolverine, Narnia and Willow. He had lots of stories about shooting the movies and he was also knowledgable about all aspects of
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Rob was awesome and hands down the best tour guide we have had in New Zealand. There was rain for the first part of the tour, but he still did a great job informing us of Queenstown history, general facts, and Lord of the Rings information. Check out Nomad Safari if you’re in
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Shane is passionate about the information, he knows the information in detail. . Cares about the environment and loves sharing his information. Drawing in from the attendees. Each stop and information took you back to the specific area in the movie. The food was great. The
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Very fun and relaxing tour! And every mile on the road was GORGEOUS. We were picked up from our hotel in Queenstown by our guide, Justin. Justin was fantastic and had great information and commentary on both LOTR and the culture of Queenstown. My husband and I were the only 2
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
Responded 8 Oct 2019
Hi Mary Thanks very much for taking the time to write us this lovely 5 star review! Justin really is a great driver and guide, and the scenery in Glenorchy is amazing! We really love being able to operate in all weather as well. Thanks very much for the recommendation, and we hope to see you here again soon!
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Such a fantastic tour. Amazing locations, easy and relaxed as it was all organised. Jill was a fantastic and hospitable tour guide. Would highly recommend.
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
Responded 8 Oct 2019
Hi Lucy Thanks very much for your great review! Jill really is a great driver and guide, adn we will certainly pass along your kind words!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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