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 (now Sky 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!"