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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
From US$ 66.86
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Morning Tour: 8:30amMost Popular
Lord of the Rings half-day tour departing from Wellington at 8:30am
From US$ 66.86
Afternoon Tour: 1:30pm
Lord of the Rings half-day tour departing from Wellington at 1:30pm
From US$ 66.86
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.

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Reviews (143)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Outstanding Half Day LOTR Tour / WETA

We booked this tour through Royal Caribbean from our ship, Ovation Of The Seas. As soon as we left the ship, there was a sign for independent tours and we waited for only a few minutes before Ray ‘Rivendell’ arrived, spot on time. He gathered...More

Thank KempVanCott
RTGL, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi KempVanColt, Thanks for your review! Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself and Ray, particularly, is very happy to hear so. Unfortunately it does sometimes happen that people are in a different place to where they say they'll be. We pick up directly from as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour!

Such a great tour for lord of the rings, was a shore excursion on cruise ship, was a good tour the guides were really knowledgeable.

Thank B8089YGjohns
RTGL, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi John S, Glad you enjoyed the tour. All our guides pride themselves on knowing the ins and outs of Lord of the Rings and sharing it with our visitors. Thanks, Rover Rings Tours

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Cruise ship excursion

We did the lord of the rings tour and weta workshop through royal Caribbean shore excursions. The tour is very expensive for what it is though- cruise ship fault. Our guide was excellent. He was a double in several of the movies so that was...More

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RTGL, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kristi M, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. We've been lucky enough to work with several people over the years who were involved in making the movies, so we've gathered up a few stories that you won't hear anywhere else. I'm amazed it wasn't...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018
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!More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Terence C
RTGL, Manager at Wellington Rover Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Hi Terence C, Thanks for your review! Delighted to hear you enjoyed yourself. Obviously we have to explain where we go on our tours, but we always like to save a few pieces of information until you actually get there. Our guides are well versed...More

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 18 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

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