Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
We did the full day tour. I can't remember our guide’s name (maybe Elvik)? He actually looked a little like a hobbit which made the experience even better. The whole tour was well planned. You see quite a few site which was super well done. The guide showed us a location and then a photo from the movie for reference so you could see what it looked like in the movie. Which was so much better than just saying "here a spot where they did such and such." On top of that our guide was super knowledgeable and was full of fun facts about the movie, actors, and just interesting things about New Zealand. He also managed to find the right balance between talking and not over doing it. The whole experience was just magical.
On top of that, one of the first things he did was point out where bathroom stops would be during the day. I always appreciate having that information.
The lunch menu even had everything named in LOTR style -- Bacon Benedict Cumberbatch, Gandalf’s bowl of mixed goodness, ............ For lunch we went to Scotch O-Rama where the food was really good.
So all in all, it was one of our highlights in New Zealand and we had a really great trip so that’s saying something.”
Shauna L H • Submitted 11 Nov 2019
This tour is a must of LOTR fans but those can enjoy it too, who would like to see something of the countryside around Wellington. As all my travel mates was LOTR fans our guide was keen to share with us as much detail of the shooting and the sites as possible. He even snapped photos for us at key sites. Definitely worth taking it and go for the whole-day tour as you will get to see everything, including the Weta Studios, where the movies are shot and animations made.”
Sandor • Submitted 11 Nov 2019
My husband and I were on our honeymoon and we are huge LOTR fans so this tour was a must for us. I must say, we both loved it and it was one of our fave tours of our whole trip. Our guide (sorry, blanking on his name) was great and had so much insider knowledge. He taught us things we didn't know about the series and pointed out every location, with pictures, that we visited. It was extremely awesome seeing a bunch of the places LOTR was shot, and to be in the same spots some of the actors were in once. Lunch was also pretty good and we got to eat at the cafe where the actors were regulars at during filming. Overall, it was an amazing day. Highly recommended!”
valeriamiryantirado • Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Fantastic day tour: our guide/driver Dave was wonderful and with 6 'tourists' on tour, it was a great mix of nationalities, personalities, ages and enthusiasts. We had great interaction with Dave re LOTR knowledge and trivia plus he took many photos of us, for us @ each location. Our lunch stop @ Scorch-o-Rama was brilliant and the tour of Weta Cave and Weta Workshop were awesome. Our film-location stops were great and the "photo's" showcasing the actual filmed sequence shot there, really enhanced the experience. A thoroughly enjoyable and very full day, loved every minute.”
Lyn A • Submitted 21 Aug 2019
We certainly enjoyed Grant, our faithful guide, for his enthusiasm and encouragement. The Weta Cave was a bonus and so informative.
To real fans, the tour was nearly a spiritual experience!”
Virgina F • Submitted 02 Aug 2019
Our guide Tom picked us up in Bert right by our AirBnB. He proceeded to take us on my favorite tour so far. He was absolutely charming and VERY knowledgeable about the area and LotR/Hobbit. Lunch was soooooo good. This is a must do tour, worth every single penny.”
Daphne B • Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Great tour. Loved the Weta studios and seeing all the locations. Tour guide was engaging and knowledgeable. I'd recommend for any Lord of the Rings fan!”
Tiffany H • Submitted 01 Jan 2019
Thank you Tom for looking after us so well, -- complete with a delightful picnic in the park, with delicious food, on a beautiful sunny day.And marvellous driving under busy traffic circumstances. WELL DONE.”
Kathy M • Submitted 11 Dec 2018
Definitely a tour to take especially if you are Lord of the Rings fan. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. the tour will take you through Wellington sight seeing and then well head to some of the locations where the movie was shot. Even though most all of the movie decors have been removed the places are worth seeing just as beautiful NZ nature. The tour of the Weta Caves the P Jackson studios is also very nice. Enjoy”
Iltcho K • Submitted 02 Oct 2018
I really enjoyed the tour and I found the tour guide really knowledgeable! We were of a small group of 7x plus tour guide, and everyone got well. :-
All the different locations we visited was just amazing. Enjoyed lunch at Scorch-O-Rama and afternoon tea at Rivendell which was a our last location to visit. :-
thank you team for an awesome day. :-”
Kimi B • Submitted 19 Jul 2018
We got to see many filming locations and heard many stories of on set! It was a great experience and included a tour of WETA and entrance to the WETA Caves!”
Jordan V • Submitted 26 Jun 2018
We loved the tour, it was one of the highlights of Wellington and indeed New Zealand. Weta studio was amazing, we learnt the tricks of the trade, seen props from Lord of the Rings and other films such as, Bladerunner 2049, Planet of the Apes and this highlighted how much Weta was on the international stage. Dave our guide was a mineful of information on Lord of the Rings and Wellington, was full of fun and very entertaining. We had a few laughs en route!
Our picnic lunch was very unexpected which we had at Rivendell. The food was so tasty. especially the traybakes and it was lovely to be able to have our lunch outside on location being very fortunate with the weather. Rivendell was excellent - surreal being in the actual location and Dave had cloaks and swords for authentic photo opportunities and other surprises on the way!
Would highly recommend this tour.”
shonamitchsmith • Submitted 15 Apr 2018
Excellent tour for fans of the movies. Our tour guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable.”
Jared S • Submitted 01 Apr 2018
Ren F • Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Friendly, informative guide .Great day out for a lord of the rings fan .”
Shane K • Submitted 17 Mar 2018
It was a very nice experience! Liam our tour guide was an amazing entertainer and knew a lot of behind the scenes stories and nice anecdotes.”
Tanja A • Submitted 31 Jan 2018
Very enjoyable tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide.”
Sean G • Submitted 29 Dec 2017
It was a must do for every Lord of the Rings fan! The guide was amazing, funny, lovely and had massive knowledge. I really enjoyed the whole tour from the beginning til the end. It was really bad to say goodbye. Having the props, photos and seeing the beautiful scenery was the best. I am recommending this trip to everyone, not only the LOTR fans. And the lunch was delicious!”
Aleksandra G • Submitted 09 Dec 2017
Excellent tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and shared some interesting tidbits about the locations and production. The Weta workshop tour was fantastic. The lunch was nothing to write home about but the location was good.
Well worth the money. Be sure to have a few extra days to explore Wellington and the surrounding area.”
eric • Submitted 07 Dec 2017
Was not quite what I was expecting but I was glad that I went. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the locations and told us some very funny facts about the actors and crew. So it was well Werth going”
Gary W • Submitted 11 Nov 2017
This is a fantastic tour for the true LOTR geek. We visited several filming locations and the still images of the scenes were offered for comparison. There was some hiking up and down hills so you need to be fit. Wyeth was one of the best parts of the tour - used to be a standup comic so he filled in transit time with Monty Python wit. The Weta tour and the lunch nearby were both fantastic. Also lots of behind the scenes filming stories from Wyeth which were much appreciated by all the Hobbit Geeks.”
Luana • Submitted 05 Oct 2017
If you are a Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, or Peter Jackson fan, if you are holidaying in Wellington NZ, this is a total compulsory tour to participate in. The tour company Rover with Grant as our guide were absolutely terrific. We covered just about every aspect of the movie sites, complete with a laminated pictures of the sets/scenes, to view, before and after sets in folder form. Very professional.
Rita W • Submitted 26 Sep 2017
Had a great day with a friendly group of people, excellent tour, and Chewy was the best tour guide! Learned so much about the LOTR trilogy, especially all of the creative genius from Peter Jackson and the Weta Workshop.”
Carly H • Submitted 06 Sep 2017
FANTASTIC tour led by a FUNTASTIC LOTR guide, Grant! Thank you Rover Tours - Danielle, for graciously rescheduling our tour for the following week! My niece and I truly appreciate your help! The all day tour is totally worth ev”
Katherine K • Submitted 27 Aug 2017