From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy


From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

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Take a magical journey into Middle Earth and explore unique Lord of the Rings film locations from Queenstown to Glenorchy. Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Experience the spectacular scenery of Mount Aspiring and Glenorchy Road
  • Visit filming locations from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, X-Men Origins, and more
  • Feel the trilogy come to life as you visit the breathtaking landscapes featured in the films
  • Take the opportunity to dress up in Lord of the Rings costumes and play with replica swords
  • Explore the historic village of Glenorchy, the Dart River Valley, and Diamond Lake
Full description
Enjoy a small-group tour of the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand, specially designed for fans of the films. Within minutes of leaving Queenstown, reach the Glenorchy Road, which follows the edges of the Great Lake Wakatipu, and has been voted  one of the top 10 drives in the world. Admire snowcapped mountains that arise around every corner of the journey. Your first stop will be the 12 Mile Delta. Here, enjoy a short nature walk over the 12 Mile canyon footbridge and spot trout and salmon in the crystal-clear water below. Learn about the local flora and fauna and visit the locations, where scenes from the films were shot. Next, refuel with a delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic near the famous Glenorchy red shed and wharf. Once you have eaten enough to satisfy a Hobbit, adventure further into the World Heritage Mt. Aspiring National Park, home of Lothlorien Forest, where you will have the opportunity to snap some photographs dressed as your favorite Lord of the Rings character with replica swords from the trilogy. Next, head up the Dart Valley through "Paradise" to Isengard for some time to enjoy this amazing location in this spectacular glacier-carved valley. Stories and behind-the-scenes secrets will be shared by your passionate local guides on the way back to Queenstown.
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • National Park fees
  • Picnic
  • Dress up with Lord of the Rings costumes and replica steel swords
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 5 years

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    Meeting point

    Please wait outside by the wooden seats on the Camp Street side and look out for the white Toyota vans with "Pure Glenorchy" written on the side.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Water
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • This tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately
    • This activity does not involve a lot of walking and you may stay in the vehicle if you do not wish to get out at any of the stops
    • A minimum of two participants is required for the tour to operate
    • This activity is not suitable for children under 5 years old
    • No large luggage items/ prams or strollers are permitted on board
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 38 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was such fun and so informative to go on this tour. Our guide, Francesco could explain the beautiful NZ scenery as it was used in many movie frames, along with many back stories. I was the only Kiwi in the mini-van as I was taking an overseas person along, and I really enjoyed every minute. It didn't feel like a commercial touristy enterprise but was a very authentic knowledge builder of the movie making process. I was not a Lord of the Rings fan prior but now I am! I am avidly reading the Location Guidebook I bought on the tour and am enjoying learning where all the locations are in my country, NZ. I highly recommend this tour. You see Aotearoa, NZ, at its best.

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    March 27, 2023

    Was an absolutely amazing tour. Well explained at stops and had pictures to compare what it looks like in the movies to how it looks now. Tour guide Francisco was lovely and very knowledgeable. Was also a small tour which was nice and got to talk to every else on it.

    March 27, 2023

    What a perfect tour. Joel was so relaxed, funny and knowledgeable and very importantly on these roads, also a very safe driver!! We had amazing weather which made the locations just absolutely stunning to see, and the other guests on the tour were fun too! Could not get any better!

    March 27, 2023

    Product ID: 266152