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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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Fans of the Lord of the Rings movies won’t want to miss this fun half-day tour to various filming locations in the Southern Alps. You’ll enjoy exclusive access to private Arcadia Station and will also visit the beautiful Mt. Aspiring National Park. Be amazed by the natural beauty while reliving your favorite movie scenes. Don an LOTR costume and sword too, if you like.
  • Morning or afternoon picnics are provided
  • Visit multiple film locations around Queenstown and Glenorchy
  • Learn about the landscape and its place in movie history from your guide
  • Transfers from central Queenstown are provided
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Free Delicious morning or afternoon picnic to satisfy a hungry hobbit!
Central Queenstown hotel pick up/ drop off
Umbrellas provided
Professional, friendly & local guides
Live Commentary
Optional Lord of the Rings costumes/ replica swords
Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusive access to the Arcadia Station Filming locations in the Paradise valley!
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown , Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Please wait outside the The Station Information Centre on the CAMP Street. please wait on the wooden benches and look out for your vehicle, they are white Toyota vans with Pure Glenorchy on the side.

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This activity will end right where it started.Our main pick up location in central Queenstown is outside The Station Building Information Centre on the CAMP STREET side. Please meet us here if your accommodation is a short walk, due to traffic congestion in town. We can also pick up at some Queenstown central Hotels. Please email us with the name of your hotel :)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours
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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "You even get to play dress up as characters from LOTR, which is so much fun." See review

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Awesome tour! Great for families.
, Aug 2022
Ricky was an awesome guide and we enjoyed the sights and stories. The provided snack was a nice and welcome touch. We also loved his dinner suggestion. Would definitely recommend!
Amazing experience
, Jul 2022
Joel was so lovely and friendly. His dedication and knowledge of the tour and of LOTR was next level. Such a great vibe.
Best Tour Ever!
, Jul 2022
This was amazing!!! I booked this for my partner as I am not a massive LoTR fans. But it was so so much fun. The guide made the tour 100% better and it had such beautiful locations. I don’t typically leave reviews, but this was just so so good that I couldn’t not recommend it to everyone. Best day ever!!
Exceptional tour! Joel our tour guide was excellent!
, Jul 2022
Joel our tour guide was exceptional! Very knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about his business. Truly the reason that makes tours memorable and his service was great for the full tour. Allowed for extra time for silly photos having us go overtime but that was not a worry at all. Central easy pick up location and drop off! Super fun day out, Thank You! 🙌😁
The tour was worth it!
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing tour, with a great guide/driver. The tour was knowledgable and enjoyable. It had access to key locations used in the movies and costumes and props!
Great trip. Would highly recommend.
, May 2022
Great trip. Joel our guide was great and has excellent knowledge of LOTR. Beautiful scenery with stops on the way to take it all in.
Lord of the rings with Pure Glenochy
, May 2022
The views were amazing, breathtaking, our driver Joel was so friendly and very informative. Glenorchy was special with the wharf and red shed. Seeing Lothlorian isengaard etc were amazing.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Rose - thanks for the support and all the best to you , Regards, Kate
Great thanks to Joe and Kate
, Dec 2021
Joe is a very experienced guide, all the schedules are well arranged, it’s a great experience to travel with a guy who is so nice and knowledgeable.
Great, highly recommended tour!
, Jan 2021
We loved this tour! Joel is a great Tourguide with alot of knowledge. We can recommend this tour to everyone travelling New Zealand and would always do it again. It is the only tour in New Zealand which has access to some exclusive breathtaking LOTR filming locations. Thanks Joel!
A tour that covers everything
, Jul 2020
It was pretty awesome. We saw many amazing spots and learned so much about the making of the LOTR and the Hobbit movies. But not only that. Out tour guide Joel, also told us a lot about the whole area it self, especially what kind of wildlife there is. I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much
Great Fun
, Jun 2020
We joined this tour as a means of seeing the scenery around Queenstown rather than because we are big LoTR fans. However, our guide, Joel, was so informative and enthusiastic we got caught up in the experience and even dressed up! We also saw lots of beautiful scenery and had a great afternoon. Thoroughly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Hi Jill, thanks for reviewing our tour - the scenery is pretty amazing and the tour definitely suits non LOTR fans also. Thanks for supporting local and choosing Pure Glenorchy. :) Warm regards, Kate
An amazing day spending time in Middle Earth
, Mar 2020
Our guide, Ben, was amazing. He really knew all the details about LOTR and it's locations. What made Ben a great guide was that he always offered creative ways to take pictures of the locations, took pictures of us in the locations and even gave us "technical" tips on how to get a better shot. He should actually expand his photographic abilities. Great way to spend 4 hours. Thank you.
I am the Lord of the Rings!
, Mar 2020
Our guide was so much fun! He was personable and engaging. He was always willing to take as many pictures of us as we wanted. We were never rushed at any point of the tour. The drive was full of beautiful sights and the actual movie set sites were interesting to see. He served us some snacks and coffee (or tea if preferred) in a nice park setting along the water front in Glenorchy. We also got the chance to pose for pictures in Lord of the Rings costumes on site of actual set location. Very nerdy but a whole lot of fun and we all had a great time. Definitely recommended.
Best activity in Queenstown!!!
, Feb 2020
This was a really awesome trip!!! This was actually our favorite activity in Queenstown. Our guide (James, I think) was really a huge LOTR expert and could go toe to toe with another big LOTR-fan in the group. The drive is a bit bumpy, so if you have motion sickness, beware! But the stops and sights were amazing! I loved seeing the scenes and sights from the movies. We learned a lot and saw breathtaking nature of the South Island. I would recommend this trip to ANYONE!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Janet, Thanks a lot for your fantastic review. Glad you enjoyed your time with James - he's our local movie buff, and had a lot of local knowledge to share with our guests. See you next time. :)
Great Tour!
Gregg F
, Jan 2020
My wife and I had a great time on this tour! I loved seeing the LOTR sites and though my wife is not really a LOTR fan, she really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful scenery. The guide was very knowledgeable. We were happy that the tour drove into the national park, as we would not have driven that bumpy gravel road on our own. We highly recommend this tour!
Great Tour
Gregg F
, Jan 2020
Both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, even though my wife knows very little about Lord of the Rings. As a fan myself, I loved seeing the movie sites, hearing stories from the tour guide, and the opportunity to dress up in a costume at the end. But the scenery is so beautiful along the entire journey that we both loved it. We would not have ventured into the national park o our own given given the bumpy gravel road. We highly recommend the tour!
Fantastic experience!
Mansi H
, Dec 2019
We had great time on this tour. Our guide and driver Ben was great. He provided lot of information about the region, birdlife and overall history. Thanks Pure Glenorchy for a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
You are welcome Mansi and thanks for your 5 stars. Stoked you had a great time with Ben, hes's a bit of a hoot eh.. Thanks for supporting a family owned and operated buisness! Blessings to you for the Christmas season
Stunning scenery, enjoyable tour
, Sep 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Joel, who was passionate, funny and extremely knowledgeable. The drive is absolutely stunning, and was blessed with perfect weather. We also had a coffee/tea break at Glenorchy, complete with sweet and savoury goodies. You even get to play dress up as characters from LOTR, which is so much fun. Overall, a local small business who cares about the beautiful land they live on (money from your tour fees inclusive of a donation to Dept of Conservation). My unreserved endorsement.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Kia ora lsysms, thank you very much for your fantastic review. Joel is my business partner love of my life... He thinks he's funny, i'm glad you thought so too ! haha Enjoy the rest of your travels, and see you next time! Regards, Kate
Good tour
, Jul 2019
Good scenery, knowledgeable and friendly guide, comfortable van, interesting to wear costumes of Lord if The Rings
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write this review and travel safe.

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