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Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)

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Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s beautiful countryside on this Wellington 'Lord of the Rings' tour, and discover why the scenic region was chosen to film the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies. Visit movie director Peter Jackson’s Wellington production base, Weta Studios, to see where LOTR and Hobbit production was completed, and go behind the scenes on this unique Wellington 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
  • Morning and afternoon half-day tours to accommodate busy itineraries
What to Expect
After hotel pickup in Wellington, head to the 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 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most city centre hotels (we do not pick up from AirBnB's). We CAN'T pick up from hotels outside the city centre. Please advise of your accommodation while booking and we will contact you if it's not possible to pick up from there.

Our central city pick up point is located at 145 Wakefield Street, Wellington

We can collect directly from the cruise terminal. This option is FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS ONLY. Please advise which ship you are on.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected hotels and cruise terminal
  • Local and professional guide
  • Souvenir map
  • Native forest walk
  • Weta Studios workshop exhibition tour
  • Entry/Admission - Weta Workshop
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

This was a great way to see beautiful scenery in Wellington as well as geek out on LOTR behind the scenes facts and views. So glad I went!

Thank Quest24903194449
Rover-Rings, General Manager at Rover Rings, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

Hi, Thanks for your feedback. Do you remember the guides name? That way i can pass this feedback to them which we like to be able to do. Regards, Nathan

Reviewed 13 July 2019

Excellent tour guide who showed us some of the Lord of the Rings filming sites, then dropped us at the Weta Workshop. Expected to see a little more of the actual work going on at Weta, rather than just artifacts from previous films, but all...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank JoelM1530
Reviewed 13 July 2019

Our tour guide (Wywy?) Was amazing and really made our day. He has a lot of knowledge on LOTR and the New Zealand film industry in general. And lots of rid bits he shared about the city and his experiences here. He was very funny...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank JohnMc17
Reviewed 21 June 2019

I would hardly call this a Lord of the rings tour. If you do the half day you only go to a forest where 3 shots were done. The only interesting part was the nook under the tree that Frodo and the gang use to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank RebeccaS5103
RTGL, Manager at Rover Rings, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2019

Hi RebeccaS5103, Thanks for your feedback, though I'm disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We tend to refer to our half day tour as a sort of 'highlights' tour, including the iconic film locations you mention and the renowned Weta Workshop,...More

Reviewed 7 June 2019 via mobile

Well worth the time and great value for dollar even if you aren’t a lord of the rings fan you see the amazing work done by Weka workshop for NZ and International film industry. It’s a Wellington must do :)

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Blazeh269
RTGL, Manager at Rover Rings, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2019

Hi Blazeh269, Thanks for your feedback. We try to make our tours inclusive for people of all interest levels, from the die-hard fanatic to LOTR novices, and even people who haven't seen the movies at all! Thanks, Rover Rings Tours

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