Lord of the Ring film locations: Rover Ring Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship on a tour of Wellington locations used in the filming of Sir Peter Jackson's movie trilogy

Gandolf on the Lord of the Rings Tour by Wellington Rover Tours

Where

Waterfront precinct

Location

124 Waterloo Quay

Details

Tours start from $40

It's one of the world’s biggest blockbuster film franchises and it was filmed largely right here in little old Wellington. If you fancy yourself a bit of a Frodo, the best way to see all the iconic shoot locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy is with Rover Rings Tours.

Laura Halberg is one of Rover’s most experienced tour guides. Before starting in her role, she thought it’d be a six-month stopgap while she found something else to do. Now over a decade later, Laura is part of the passionate and knowledgeable team who take groups to follow in the footsteps of Hobbits, dwarves, elves and men.

Film location on Lord of the Rings group tour by Wellington Rover Tours
Rover Rings Tour woman with camera
Girl dressed as an elf on Rover Tours
Rover Tours on Mount Victoria

On a Rover Rings Tour, your guide will pick you up from central Wellington and take you to spots were iconic Middle-earth locations like Rivendell, Isengard and River Anduin were set - depending on whether you go for a full or half-day tour. Most of their tours include a visit to Weta Workshop for a studio tour to find out about the technical genius behind the trilogies’ costumes, armour, weapons and miniatures.

Some of the locations on the tour are instantly recognisable as the spots where your favourite scenes were created. The “get off the road!” scene - which was shot in Mount Victoria, just a few minutes from the central city and hidden away in the forest - is always a popular stop on the tours and makes for a brilliant photo op, too. Other spots might require more imagination, but you won’t struggle to picture your favourite scenes in these stunning landscapes.

Many Rover guides have personal experience with the production of the films, having worked on them or joined the army of extras, so expect juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits and tales that you won’t hear anywhere else. Laura herself even played a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She was in the crowd at a cricket match in Wellington’s Westpac Stadium when Sir Peter Jackson himself conducted the crowd to create some sound effects for The Two Towers. Laura says "turn up the volume and you can hear me in the left-hand speaker!"

Her role at Rover means she gets to host some of Middle-earth’s biggest fans, including plenty who show up in costume to recreate their favourite moments from the films. Not a week goes by without a customer with some kind of Lord of the Rings tattoo, so avid fans will fit right in here.

Rover Tour Group also run full and half-day nature tours and seal tours, if the Fellowship of the Ring just isn’t your thing.

Couple on Lord of the Rings tour on Wellington Rover Tours
Orks from Rover Tours on Mount Vic

More than 20,000 extras were cast in The Fellowship of the Ring - some of them went on to become Rover guides.

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