Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)

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Wellington's Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour (including Weta Tour)
from AUD $118.61
Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s beautiful countryside on this Wellington 'Lord of the Rings' tour, and discover why the scenic region was chosen to film the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies. Visit movie director Peter Jackson’s Wellington production base, Weta Studios, to see where LOTR and Hobbit production was completed, and go behind the scenes on this unique Wellington half-day tour.
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In Brief

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mount Victoria, Alexandra Lookout Rd, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

Your guide will provide information about the Wellington region from the best viewpoint in the City

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Weta Workshop, The Weta Cave, 1 Weka Street Miramar, Wellington 6022 New Zealand

You will watch a behind the scenes documentary which talking details the history of Weta Company (25min)

You will then go on the Weta Workshop tour (45-60min)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Mount Victoria, Alexandra Lookout Rd, Wellington 6001 New Zealand

You will make your way to one of the Wellington City film locations and make a short descent into a unique pine forest where Peter Jackson began the filming of his epic trilogy. You see such scenes as the “Dunharrow Encampment,” “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” “Race to the Buckleberry Ferry,” and the iconic “Get off the Road” scene, where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders.

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected hotels and cruise terminal
  • Local and professional guide
  • Souvenir map
  • Native forest walk
  • Weta Studios workshop exhibition tour
  • Entry/Admission - Weta Workshop


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most city centre hotels (we do not pick up from AirBnB's). We CAN'T pick up from hotels outside the city centre. Please advise of your accommodation while booking and we will contact you if it's not possible to pick up from there.

Our central city pick up point is located at 145 Wakefield Street, Wellington

We can collect directly from the cruise terminal. This option is FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS ONLY. Please advise which ship you are on.


  • Cruise Terminal - Centreport Wellington

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Such a very pleasant treat to experience this excursion. We learned so much and found it fascinating. Our guide was outstanding and we highly recommend this!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
We three enjoyed the half-day tour around Wellington. Each site had something to offer, and it gave us a good impression of Wellington along the way. Our tour guide Matt at the Weta Studios was amazing, both in his presentation skills and in the unique knowledge he shared.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2020
This was a Great informative tour we certainly learnt alot and enjoyed the half day session very much
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed our tour with our guide, Craig, of the Weta studios and some of the locations where the Lord of the Rings was shot. We would recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
This was a very fun tour. Our excellent driver took us up to Mt. Victoria to see some filming spots but a sudden hail and wind storm changed our itinerary. Instead, we went back into Wellington and took in the WETA tour, which was fascinating. When that was done, we returned up to the forest, as it had stopped raining, and took in areas where filming was done in The Fellowship of the Ring. Our guide was very interesting. It's a must for any LOTR fan!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
Really enjoyed the tour. Was very informative and the tour guide was great with a great sense of humour.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
This was an excellent t experience. Our guide Danny was knowledgable and very chatty. He provided us with more information than we expected. He had so appeared as an extra in a number of other movies.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Great tour. Some nice views from Mt Victoria and few filming locations. Great guide, Wei Wei, had lots of cool stories about films and Wellington. Weta workshop is must for any fan, tour in shop was great, had a change to see what kind of amzing things they are doing.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
The tour was nice, our guide had lots of little infos on the locations of the filming of the trilogies, and made sure we had a nice time while on the tour.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2019
It's a pretty good tour, really professional and friendly guides. It was nice we had plenty of time to pose and take pictures.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide was great and had us cracking up the whole time! Even as a huge lord of the rings fan I still learned a bunch. Weta cave was amazing as well. Incredible what they do there and everyone was so knowledgeable and nice!
• Submitted 20 Dec 2018
We did the Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour on our Cruise Trip 2018. We had the pleasure of having Jack O'connor as our Private tour guide for the afternoon. Jack was great! he drove us around and talked passionally about Wellington and Weta studio. Despite the fact the first film was released back in 2001, now almost 20 years we still share the memories of the film with such enthusiasm, as we revisited the forest scene where the hobbits first encounter the Nazgûl. Then it was off to Weta Studio workshop where we got to see alot of the production works from films Weta worked on...Overall had a great time made even better with our tour guide Jack. I had 2 young kids with us and Jack kept them entertained all the way. Highly recommended this tour and if you're luck enough to get Jack as your guide even better :
• Submitted 09 Oct 2018
loved the tour, the tour operator was really informative. I highly recommend
• Submitted 03 Aug 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 30 Mar 2018
This tour was perfect and was so interesting handled with great professionally
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
I enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the WETA workshop amazing. Recommended 100.
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
We changed from a half day to the full day as there was so much more to see in the afternoon. The WETA studios visit was brilliant, and our guide Laura knew so much about the films, Peter Jackson, the other cast members and the places we visited, however be prepared to see sites where filming took place, that now seem so out of sync since filming has long since ceased. We did not see the Shire, which is elsewhere near Auckland and of course no Orcs.
• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
Very informative and a must for Tolkien fans.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2018
The Wetta tour was fantastic. And to see where some of the Lord of the Rings was filmed was also really amazing. Great for any movie fan, especially for the Lord of the Rings fans.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
This was our favorite shore excursion out of three, taken while cruising from Australia to New Zealand last month. Grant was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and informative. He took us on a scenic drive around the area. Wellington is a beautiful town located on the hills with stunning views. We visited Weta Cave where we saw some of the original props for LOTR, Hobbit and other movies. Took pictures with some of the movie characters. Grant also took us to a couple of locations where some of the scenes for the LOTR were filmed. Finally, we stopped on the top of mt Victoria with stunning 360 degree views of the area before returning to the ship. Well worth the money!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
Best tour I have been on. If you like the Lord of the Rings it is must. If you love the Lord of the Rings it is the reason to go to New Zealand. You visit a couple of the filming sites, plus get a tour of Wellington. It wasn't only the background and history of the Lord of the Rings, which was AWESOME but the history and background of the people like Peter Jackson and others that made the films possible. Where they found extras to be in the movies, and sound effects who would have guessed 10,000 New Zealand cricket fans sound like 10,000 orcs. You don't see orcs in costume, but you see full size orcs, and trolls around the site. I would take the tour again, to get stuff I might have missed the first time.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2017
Had a fabulous time!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
We all enjoyed this trip being LOTR fans. Our guide was great as he knew the scenes inside out having been in the film. Weta was an added bonus pity it was not a bit more hands on but great day Thanks guys.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
Great half day tour, which took our large group to many movie sites. The explanations and photographs gave us a lot of information about the movie business and Peter Jackson. Dave our driver was amazing and really patient with the 9 young kids in our group. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017

In Brief

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours