Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
from USD $162.98
If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour from Queenstown. You’ll tour the countryside by 4WD and visit the locations where the Fortress of Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and other famous Peter Jackson scenes were filmed. Discover why New Zealand is the movie directors’ choice for film locations, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours 15 minutes
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Queenstown New Zealand

Stopping at various viewpoints so you can take photos, your driver will provide informative and interesting facts during the drive, giving you a better sense of connection with the surroundings.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Glenorchy Café & Bar - The GYC, 25 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

Toilet stop

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 1733-1771 Glenorchy-Paradise Road, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

Follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forrest of Lothlorien.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: 12 Mile Delta, Mount Creighton 9371, New Zealand

On your way back to Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp -- the no-man's land between Gondor and Mordor.

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Light refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and cookies)
  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from town centre or Queenstown accommodations.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Pickup from all central Queenstown accommodations. Hilton pickup on request
  • Minimum numbers apply (min 2 per tour for confirmed departure, min 4 on NZ public holidays). 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
  • Please Note: Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surround suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

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

Our guide, Graeme, was fully engaged with those in our tour group, answering our questions fully and being knowledgeable about the locations we were taken to. He also shared interesting information about the area, its history, pertinent events. Our group totalled 4 in number, which was a nice size. The weather wasn't great due to intermittent rain, but that didn't dampen our spirits. Well worth the price of admission! Thanks, Nomad Safaris and Graeme!
• Submitted 19 Dec 2019
Our tour guide Kevin is so knowledgeable and hospitable - thank you thank you thank you! We enjoyed listening to the highlights along our drive to Glenorchy and were super excited to see the set locations in real life. The views were breathtaking and there were many moments during our drive that made my heart sigh with joy. And the highlight of the trip was us posing in costumes and props and taking our LOTR shot.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2019
This tour was fantastic - I’m a big LOTR fan and the experience was just amazing. Our guide was very informative 😀
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
My husband and I are huge LOTR fans our dog is even named after one of the characters, so we did quite a few LOTR tours while in New Zealand. We were extremely happy with this tour. The scenery was gorgeous. Yes, you could probably drive to these places yourself, but would most likely get lost. It helped having a tour guide know where we were going. Our favorite spot was playing with the swords in the forest. We had an epic battle scene that made the tour.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2018
I was hesitant about taking this tour as I figured it would be hokey Lord of the Rings stuff. I am NOT a LOTR buff, but wanted to see the scenery. I am so glad I went! Our tour guide was an old hippie who knew his stuff, told fascinating stories and was great with the small group. I can't even begin to describe the scenery. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 23 Feb 2018
Probably one of the best day-trips I had in the 2 weeks while in New Zealand. Guide was big into the movie and detailed out every single stop. I would consider a must-do if in Christchurch.
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
Our driver/guide, Renato was friendly and cheerful. He knew what he was talking about and nothing was too much trouble. Thank-you!
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 17 Jan 2018
Santiago, our tour guide, was just the best! We can tell how passionate he is with the movies that were filmed in these sites, especially The Lord of the Rings. He was not only a good storyteller, he was very helpful and very friendly. Thanks!
• Submitted 01 Jan 2018
This was a very enjoyable and interesting tour, especially for a Lord of the Rings fan. Badger was a great, very knowledgeable tour guide.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
For LOTR fanatics, this tour is a must! Badger was full of energy and enthusiasm explaining in detail the filming locations. And for those who would love to enjoy the beautiful scenery outside of Queenstown, have this in your list. Glenorchy and Paradise are not to be missed!
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
Very good tour! This area is so different from Queenstown and the Milford Sound area. I have never seen the Lord of the Rings but this area is absolutely beautiful.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2017
This was a great tour-and thrilling as a LOTR fan! we saw lots of movie sights, had a great bush walk and enjoyed tea in the forest
• Submitted 15 Jul 2017
Amazing scenery and friendly knowledgeable guide.Taken to several movie locations and there were props and costumes to dress up if you wanted.Only thing to maybe be I would be picky about was that I felt vehicle was over crowded
• Submitted 30 Jun 2017
A lovely personal experience
• Submitted 23 Feb 2017
getting back to nature
• Submitted 26 Jan 2017
It was the highlight of the trip for our 9 and 10 year olds as they knew it all!! Badger was a fantastic guide and had all the info right on hand. Scenery and additional movie information just spectacular and very enlightening.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2017
Travelling out from Queenstown the drive to Glenorchy and onto the Lord Of The Rings locations was very spectacular with vies of Lake Wakapito. We had a very informative guide with photos of the movie scenes so you could relate to the vision in front of you. In the forest swords and daggers together with other movie items were available for guests to wear and play with. A great morning out. Thanks Nomad.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
This tour is excellent, no wasted time here. Breath taking views and scenery, excellent, easy way to get out and around town and learn a lot of interesting information about where movies were created at in the area. More than just LOTR is talked about on this tour. The guide brought along a binder full of images of movie scenes that you actually go visit, drive through, stand at. You may even get a chance to re create some famous scenes. Don't skip out on this tour if you're in Queenstown!
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
Fantastic, the scenery we were shown was breathtaking and our tour guid was so knowable and lovely. Highly recommend
• Submitted 10 Nov 2016
This Tour I will never forget it, the tour guy was so amaze that its contagious how he express about the beautiful landscapes. Its very private in the 4x4 and a half day full of excitement and perfect photos!
• Submitted 14 Oct 2016
Very interesting great scenery: enthusiastic tour guide well-run
• Submitted 03 Oct 2016
We had a good guide who explain the scene in details...
• Submitted 28 Sep 2016
Our guide was Chris. I love his sense of humour to bits!! The trip was organised well and full of beautiful scenery. Would recommend this to anyone even non-LOTR fans. Please give Chris a better bottle of wine!! Edith from Sydney
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016

In Brief

Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand
4 hours 15 minutes

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