Follow in the footsteps of hobbits, dwarfs, elves and men
Wellington Rover Tours cover a lot of ground on the tour but there is enough time to explore; recreate scenes for yourself and work out how the movies were made. Due to their small group size they are the specialists in getting you amongst the action whilst enjoying a personal experience.
The scenery of Wellington mirrors that of Middle Earth. Explore a relaxing Full day tour! You’ll get picked up from your central city accommodation between 8.30am and 9am. The morning is spent exploring the city locations on Mount Victoria and the ‘Green Belt’ for 40mins, walking through the outer shire. This location includes the famous ‘Get off the Road’ scene, the ‘Shortcut to Mushrooms’ and the 'Black Rider' scenes and many more. Then it’s off to the Weta Studios for an inside look at the Wellington film industry. The visit to Weta will include the brand new ‘Window into Workshop’ exhibition; which is a guided tour of the inner working of the Weta Studios; the physical side of the film production company. Also, a short film showcasing the digital side of Weta. And finally, an opportunity to peruse the Weta Cave Museum and shop.
After the mornings excitement, it’s time for an orc sized lunch at Scorch-O-Rama cafe for a Lord of the Rings themed menu designed especially for Wellington Rover Tours (included in the cost of the tour). The afternoon is spent exploring the Hutt Valley. Stops include the Hutt River (Great River Anduin) and Harcourt Park (Gardens of Isengard and where the Orcs felled the trees).
And finally, a visit to Kaitoke Regional Park which was the setting for Rivendell. Situated in a thousand-year-old New Zealand native rainforest, you will see why the elves chose to live here! You will also see the location where Helms Deep & Minas Tirith were filmed. This is now a working quarry and inaccessible to visitors.
There are two main components of Wellington Rover Tours. Firstly, the locations. The tours visit the best locations in Wellington. Secondly is the how, the why and the what. What do we see and talk about? How was Wellington turned into Middle Earth? and why did Peter Jackson choose to film here? By answering these 3 questions you will develop Wellingtons Best Lord of the Rings Tours.
What you need to know:
• Tour returns between 4.30-5pm
• Tour runs in any weather
• Film locations are off road across unsealed, sloping paths
• Not suitable for wheelchairs, walkers or people of limited mobility
• Child rates for 12 years & under and must travel with paying adult
• Infants 2 years and under travel free but must be booked in as a passenger