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Queenstown, New Zealand
Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour

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icon4 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in Glenorchy, traveling by 4WD with an informative guide. Departing Queenstown for Middle-earth in the morning or afternoon, this half-day tour includes stunning countryside landscapes chosen by director Peter Jackson. See where famous scenes were filmed, such as the Fortress of Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and Forest of Amon Hen. Enjoy light refreshments and personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to six passengers per vehicle.
  • The Lord of the Rings filming locations tour of Glenorchy from Queenstown
  • See film sites like Ithilien Camp, Isengard, Forest of Amon Hen and Lothlorien and more
  • Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery
  • Admire breathtaking views along Lake Wakatipu and enjoy amazing photo opportunities
  • See additional sites where scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian were filmed
  • Listen to interesting facts about New Zealand's history, flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by 4WD vehicle
Light refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and cookies)
Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your driver-guide upon hotel pickup in Queenstown and hop into a six-passenger 4WD for the picturesque drive to Glenorchy. You’ll see several South Island filming locations selected by director Peter Jackson and showcased in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Hear fascinating commentary from your in-the-know guide, and stop for photo ops at landscapes you’ll instantly recognize, such as the Fortress of Isengard and Forest of Amon Hen. Approximately 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Glenorchy lies the countryside locale of Paradise, site of the Forest of Lothlorien. Your guide takes you to a charming village near the vivid waters of Lake Wakatipu, considered the ‘Gateway to Paradise.’

Make another stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the no-man’s-land between Gondor and Mordor, known to JRR Tolkien fans as Ithilien Camp. On the return to Queenstown, enjoy hot beverages with fruit cake and cookies, and get a glimpse of additional movie locations from other films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Your half-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Stopping at various viewpoints so you can take photos, your driver will provide informative and interesting facts during the drive, giving you a better sense of connection with the surroundings.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glenorchy Café & Bar - The GYC
Toilet stop
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forrest of Lothlorien.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
12 Mile Delta
On your way back to Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp -- the no-man's land between Gondor and Mordor.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nomad Safaris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Guide earned this tour an extra star
Susan R
, Dec 2019
Our guide, Graeme, was fully engaged with those in our tour group, answering our questions fully and being knowledgeable about the locations we were taken to. He also shared interesting information about the area, its history, pertinent events. Our group totalled 4 in number, which was a nice size. The weather wasn't great due to intermittent rain, but that didn't dampen our spirits. Well worth the price of admission! Thanks, Nomad Safaris and Graeme!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Mirciulina A
, Dec 2019
Great team work.It was a very enjoyable experience.The weather was also fantastic.I am happy to recommend this activity
Fulfilled my LOTR dream
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide Kevin is so knowledgeable and hospitable - thank you thank you thank you! We enjoyed listening to the highlights along our drive to Glenorchy and were super excited to see the set locations in real life. The views were breathtaking and there were many moments during our drive that made my heart sigh with joy. And the highlight of the trip was us posing in costumes and props and taking our LOTR shot.
Amazing 👍😄
, Aug 2019
This tour was fantastic - I’m a big LOTR fan & the experience was just amazing. Our guide was very informative 😀
Fantastic Tour
, Jan 2019
We are fan of LOTR and NZ.This tour was perfect for us => fantastic views + memories of LOTR !!!Our guild Justine was amazing.Thanks a lotCheers!
Not to be missed
, Nov 2018
Our guide was fantastic, the scenery was just amazing. We had not seen Lord of the Rings but we want to now. Highly recommend
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans...
Emily S
, Mar 2018
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans our dog is even named after one of the characters, so we did quite a few LOTR tours while in New Zealand. We were extremely happy with this tour. The scenery was gorgeous. Yes, you could probably drive to these places yourself, but would most likely get lost. It helped having a tour guide know where we were going. Our favorite spot was playing with the swords in the forest. We had an epic battle scene that made the tour.
I was hesitant about taking this...
, Feb 2018
I was hesitant about taking this tour as I figured it would be hokey Lord of the Rings stuff. I am NOT a LOTR buff, but wanted to see the scenery. I am so glad I went! Our tour guide was an old hippie who knew his stuff, told fascinating stories and was great with the small group. I can't even begin to describe the scenery. Highly recommend!
Probably one of the best day-trips I...
Roy H
, Feb 2018
Probably one of the best day-trips I had in the 2 weeks while in New Zealand. Guide was big into the movie and detailed out every single stop. I would consider a must-do if in Christchurch.
Our driver/guide, Renato was...
Bernadette L
, Jan 2018
Our driver/guide, Renato was friendly and cheerful. He knew what he was talking about and nothing was too much trouble. Thank-you!

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