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Key Highlights

  • An amazing tour for any Lord of the Rings fan!
  • See filming locations from all three LOTR films.
  • Convenient hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu: 0830h (08:30am) and 1330h (1:30pm)
    Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy: 0815h (08:15am) and 1330h (1:30pm)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Queenstown.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Queenstown

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Embark on an adventurous safari into the heart of New Zealand high country, the 'Middle-Earth' of JRR Tolkien's imagination. The 'Safari of the Scenes' tour offers a spectacular look at the diversity of the scenery in the area. Visit the various locations used in the filming of the epic "Lord of The Rings" trilogy and see specific filming sites. These are real locations - there are no film sets left - they are areas of outstanding natural beauty that need no enhancement.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in a 4WD for a scenic tour of Lord of the Rings locations around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes Region (Wakatipu OR Glenorchy).

    Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu:
    A truly breathtaking excursion though the diverse scenery of the Queenstown valley, a 4WD tour into the heart of New Zealand high country, the embodiment of the Middle-earth of Tolkien's imagination. Travel through historic Arrowtown then feel the excitement of crossing the Arrow River several times before refreshments and gold panning.

    View stunning lake and mountain vistas from The Remarkables mountains and be amazed by The Skippers Road.

    Some of The Lord of The Rings sites visited during this tour include the Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings and The Ford of Bruinen.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

    Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy:
    For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where we really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognisable film locations and stunning natural scenery.

    The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the way. Beyond Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise to discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien.

    Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Scenic tour by 4WD of Lord of the Rings locations around Queenstown and the Southern Lakes Region Glenorchy OR Wakatipu
    • Morning or Afternoon Tea
    • Entrance fees
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Exciting and enlightening experience

      A great mixture of beautiful scenery, pleasant company and an interesting and personable guide. Despite the weather we didn't miss out on any photo opportunities. Thoroughly...

      Mrs Sylvia C Gwilliam, Cyprus, 11/Apr/2013

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