Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

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Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch
from USD $222.95
Immerse yourself in the magic of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on this 9-hour adventure to Edoras (Mount Sunday) from Christchurch. Explore with your guide and soak up breathtaking views from the peak of Edoras. Look over exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs of Edoras under construction. Pose for photographs with movie replicas such as Aragorn’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with a glass of New Zealand sparkling wine. See for yourself how this tranquil mountainside was transformed into mysterious Edoras — the capital city of the Rohan people.
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In Brief

Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours


Important InfoInfo
Begin your Lord of the Rings adventure with a morning pickup from your Christchurch hotel and head west to Mount Sunday, better-known to Lord of the Rings fans as Edoras — the capital city of the Rohan people.

Bounce over rocky terrain and through narrow streams, and alight at Edoras itself. Follow your friendly guide on a tour of the site and stand on the summit — as Eowyn did — for panoramic views over the alpine lakes, mountain peaks, rivers and high-country farm land below.

With informative and entertaining commentary from your guide, take a look at behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction — available only from your tour leaders. Marvel at the Misty Mountains — among the most significant features of Middle-earth’s geography — and see the valley backdrop of the imposing Helms Deep.

After a delicious picnic lunch with sparkling wine, handle movie replicas such as Aragorn’s sword, King Theoden’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Peruse the wide selection of movie merchandise and perhaps pick up a souvenir of your visit (own expense).

During your time on the mountain, gain insight into Edoras’ magic and mystery. Learn why this special site was selected for the Lord of the Rings movie and enjoy feeling part of the action.

When your time on Edoras comes to an end, hop back in your vehicle for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your Lord of the Rings adventure will come to an end.


  • Picnic lunch with sparkling wine
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Gratuities


Sample Menu:

• Sandwiches
• Piece of cake
• Orange juice
• Glass of sparkling winePlease advise any special dietary requirements at time of booking

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear good footwear and bring along a warm jacket
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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

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

An absolutely enjoyable trip Collected on time kept fully informed by Stephen about where we were going and what we going to be doing. The final part of the journey was after heavy rain in the area so the rivers were full. This led to some proper off road driving. The walk to the top of Esteros was not too tiring ( I am 70 years young) The views are wonderful and well worth the journey
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Weather wasnt great and i had my doubts, but Chris kept it positive and im pretty sure he arranged the snow and clouds to disappear to give us the most wonderful day of our holiday. Jaw dropping scenery. Great commentary. Cosy small group. Loved it.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Maria picked us up at our hotel a few minutes early. I love it when people are timely. :) We spent the day learning loads about Christchurch and the Canterbury region in addition to the film locations. Since the footing was slippery due to snow the day before, we didn't go up the hill. I think her alternative was even better! She took us further up the valley so we could see Helms Deep. Lunch was fairly basic picnic fare, but delish and fresh. She had keys to get places the general public can't go, and driving through a river is pretty fun. A can't recommend this tour highly enough - do yourself a favor and go if you're traveling through Christchurch.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This tour was incredible! As a Lord of the Rings fan it was a fantastic experience! The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. While it was a long drive they stopped as needed and played behind the scenes videos etc. to keep us entertained for the drive. Once at Mt. Sunday we were driven on to the mountain and did a small walk up to the top for an incredible photo opportunity and time to explore. However, be prepared for strong winds while on top.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2018
We took the Journey to Edoras tour on April 1. The weather was clear and still, our guide was friendly, and we had beautiful views of Mount Sunday and the surrounding valley. Our guide had pictures of what it looked like when they filmed, and you could be forgiven for expecting a troop of horsemen to come across the plain. Lots of time for pictures on the hill, and a nice lunch, too. We even met a herd of curious goats along the way. Recommended for both LOTR fans and anyone who wants to see some stunning scenery.
• Submitted 07 May 2018
even though it started out raining we had a great day. Mike was a wonderful guide.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2018
Long ride but the destination was worth it.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
The guide was very nice, 4-wheels drive car was great, the view in the mountains was wonderful
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
The Edoras is hard to drive to so a tour is definitely a better option. When I booked the tour I had the doubt if it might be worth it but after the whole day I’d say it is definitely worthwhile. Very helpful and friendly driver and tour guide contributed to a very organised day trip.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
Great tour even if one's not a fan of LOTR. The scenery is simply breathtaking and worth the trip. The tour guide Maria was very knowledgeable and an awesome companion for the trip. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2018
Good trip. Interesting conversations.
• Submitted 27 Oct 2017
This was a brilliant tour, well worth the money and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is staying in Christchurch. The tour guide was informative and entertaining, including everyone in the tour and full of interesting information. He had lots of information about the places we were seeing as well as New Zealand as a whole. To be able to stand on top of Mt Sunday, especially with the snow creating a winter wonderland effect, was excellent. This tour made my holiday and I would definitely look at similar tours in the future.
• Submitted 03 Oct 2017
We enjoyed this tour with the wonderful picnic lunch and the climb to the top of Mount Sunday. Our guide was fun and helpful. We would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017
Excellent day out, comfortable vehicle, great friendly and knowledgable guide and then the views... Oh, my the views! They're amazing!
• Submitted 17 Jul 2017
This 1-day tour is simply amazing. It does not matter if you are not a fan of Lord of the Rings. The trip in the 4x4 car is nice, as well as the informative and joking talk of the tour guide I am sorry I can't remember his name. The timing of the tour is also worth as you can't feel anyone is hurrying up and you also can't feel you are slacking around and wasting your time. The lunch is provided at a hostal in the surrounding area of Mount Sunday and involves a sandwich, champagne and a biscuit. Personally, I did not drink champagne so I would vote to have Neo Zealand wine as a B option -they also provide orange juice. Not mentioning the landscape which is simply breathtaking. I would certainly take this tour once again.
• Submitted 04 Jul 2017
Great trip with amazing scenery. Walk to the top of Mount Sunday, particularly if going up left hand side is rather steep though. Fabulous views from the top.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2017
This would have been better if it wasn't raining, but our guide Phil made the best of the day. He was completely honest with us about the weather which I appreciated, but he made everything fun anyway. He had a lot of knowledge about the site and was fun to be around. I would take this tour again! well, as long as it's sunny.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
Extremely well organized and fantastic tour.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2017
This was a great experience! Our tour guide Hammond was fantastic and I don't want to spoil the surprise but he has a certain connection to the Lord of the Rings movies pretty awesome if you ask me. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is a Lord of the Rings fan!
• Submitted 01 Mar 2017
This was a very enjoyable tour. The view from Mt. Sunday was awe inspiring. We were surrounded by several peaks just like in the movie Lord of the Rings. The wind was blowing so hard that at times it was difficult to stand and the temperature was cool. Still we would go again if we returned to New Zealand. The tour that took us to Mt. Sunday was able to drive up to the base of the peak bypassing other tourists on foot that had to navigate around mountain streams. We were told we were with the only tour company able to drive up to the base of Mt. Sunday. Tourists with other tour companies had to hike to the base of the mountain.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2017
We had a wonderful day out. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the making of the films and we watched some clips of filming on the mini-bus on our way to Mount Sunday. Can highly recommend this to Lord of the Rings fans, but even for non-fans, the scenery, local history and fun atmosphere are well worth going for.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
The journey started with a pick up from our hotel by a very friendly guide from Cornwell in England. On the long journey to the mountains we were fully briefed and entertained. At the Edoras location swords were drawn and most members of our group climbed up high. Lunch with bubbly and finally the entertaining ride back to our hotel. A really great day with a great group of people.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
Great experience. Our tour guide was very informative and his knowledge of the area was great. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2016
Wonderful trip, Edoras is really beautiful, gorgeous views. Tour is well done, lots of behind the scene videos during the drive, really makes you feel like you are in Middle Earth.
• Submitted 01 Dec 2016

In Brief

Christchurch, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours