Guided tour

Te Anau: Natural Landmarks & Lord of the Rings Location Tour

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Te Anau: Natural Landmarks & Lord of the Rings Location Tour

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

From US$ 83.97 per person

Take a guided journey of Te Anau to explore some hidden gems. Visit the local bird sanctuary and Lake Manapouri, and see some lesser-known LOTR movie locations, like the Dead Marshes and Mavora Lakes.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
You will be picked up in a 17 or 12 seater minibus with Cheeky Kiwi Travel sign-writing on it.

Experience

Highlights
  • Mavora Lakes
  • Lord of the Rings sites including - Dead Marshes, Fangorn Forest & The River Anduin
  • Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
  • Fiordland National Park, Rainbow Reach, Kepler Track & Waiau River
Full description

This small group, fully guided day trip combines Te Anau’s top highlights with a Lord of the Rings experience and the option to add on some of the areas amazing activities, making this the ultimate way to experience stunning Te Anau. Itinerary: 1.Te Anau - The tour starts with pick you up from your hotel and head to a favourite spot for great photos of Lake Te Anau.

2.Te Anau Bird Sanctuary - Take a guided tour and to see some of the rarest birds in the country including the Takahe and Kaka. Learn about these animals and the local environment while exploring this Te Anau asset.

3.Dead Marshes - The journey continues to our first famous Lord of the Rings attraction, a viewpoint looking over The Dead Marshes. From here you can see where Frodo and Sam waded their way through the mud trying to get to Mordor.

4.Rainbow Reach – Visit a sight loved by hikers, Lord of the Rings fans and locals alike, Rainbow Reach. A cable bridge over the stunning Waiau River (known as The River Anduin in LOTR) leads to the start of the Kepler Track and one of the beautiful forests of Fiordland National Park. Hear some of the LOTR stories and learn about the amazing biodiversity in the park.

5.Lake Manapouri – Follow the river from Rainbow Reach to one of New Zealand’s most famous lakes, Lake Manapouri. The gateway to Doubtful Sound, spend some time exploring the shores of this crystal-clear lake and hear about its history including the construction of the Manapouri hydro dam, the largest in the country. Once you have had a look around it is a good time for a quick break at one of the local coffee shops.

6.Mavora Lakes - Departing Manapouri we make our way to one of the most famous LOTR sights and hidden gem of the Mavora Lakes region. See amazing landscapes and also several famous LOTR filming locations including two locations of Orc battles, where Pippin & Merry enter Fangorn Forest to escape the Orcs and where Frodo and Sam leave the Fellowship and cross the lake. This spot is paradise for nature lovers and LOTR fans alike, while here you will enjoy some free time to explore, eat lunch or maybe use some of our props and recreate some of the movie scenes.

7.Te Anau - Sadly the tour is coming to an end as we make our way back to Te Anau but your adventure should not finish there. While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we believe it’s our small groups, passionate guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

Includes
  • Small Group
  • Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Minimum numbers apply. 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.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Children 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours’ notice).

Product ID: 395346