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Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour
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Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour

By Xplor Tours
Recommended by 94% of travellers
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Ages 0-90, max of 15 per group
Duration: 210–240 minutes
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Wellington isite Visitor Information Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    The Wellington iSite at 111 Wakefield Steet is the alternative pick up point if you are not arriving off a Cruise Ship or your Hotel is outside of the CBD pick up zone.
Pickup details
  • ******CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM THE PORT IN THE DESIGNATED PICK UP AREA, YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO IN TO THE CITY****** Please select "Toll Aotea Quay" option as your pick up location and enter your ship name in the additional booking details. Your pick-up time will be 45 minutes after the ship has docked (even if your ship has been delayed or arrives early) with 8.45am being the earliest pick-up time. For the convenience of other guests, please ensure you arrive at the tour area promptly as the tour may not wait for you. Look out for the Xplor Tours guides who will greet you. NON-CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER BOOKINGS: Pick up times may differ from tour start times if there are multiple guest pick-up locations. We will contact you in advance of your tour with your estimated pick-up time if this is the case.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Toll, Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P7

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Cruise Ship Passenger bookings should select the following option as their pick up location which is the Port: 151 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
      • Cruise Ship Passenger bookings should add their ship name in special requirements field.
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour on Tripadvisor
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      Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour is hosted by Xplor Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Xplor Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Half Day Lord of the Rings Tour on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66479P7

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      • Xplor Tours
        548
        Wellington, New Zealand
        Joined in June 2017
      • Brenda S
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Wellington
        This was an awesome way to see much of Wellington in a short time with time left over if you wanted to do more Alan was our tour guide and was extremely nice and informative. We didn’t feel rushed anywhere and as it was a small group we weren’t doing the usual “wait” for stragglers as you generally have in the larger tours.
        Written 15 April 2024
      • SGero67
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour if you’re visiting on a cruise ship and have limited time.🚢
        Picked up directly from where the cruise ship docked. Good overview of Wellington if your time is limited. Thank you to Connie for making the tour very enjoyable and informative. 🙂
        Written 12 April 2024
      • U4770LIcharlesj
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        Excellent tour. We covered more than we expected and our guide Dean was excellent. The bus had excellent leg room a real pleasure. Thanks
        Written 12 April 2024
      • NatalieMeredithhh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Did not disappoint
        Got to see many different sights around Wellington and the tour guide was very informative and accommodating. Perfect tour for when you don't have a lot of time
        Written 12 April 2024
      • denisen486
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent tour. Great for cruise passengers.
        If you are on a cruise ship suggest you do this one instead of the ones from the cruise line. One it is all day so you see a lot more areas surrounding Wellington. Also the Lord of the Ring production and design company is a lot more then just LOTR regarding movie special effects. Excellent tour.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • 893elizabethp
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic
        We had an amazing time. The tour and the guide were fantastic! Highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed the sights and the commentary that went along with the tour.
        Written 27 March 2024
      • Z399BSjuliem
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The driver was excellent
        The driver Marty went out of his way to make sure we were informed of everything along the way and helped my mum on and off the bus
        Written 26 March 2024
      • ruthsU9580BY
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour - Amazing
        Our driver and guide was very knowledgeable of the filming locations and scenes from the films. As we traveled between the sites, he shared the rich history of the land and commerce of the area. Additionally he was able to point out where the actors and crew hung out during the filming. The Weta Workshop tour was icing on the cake.
        Written 20 March 2024
      • Shay K
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Enjoyable well organised tour
        Really enjoyable half day tour . Brian was a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who peppered the bus tour with facts, information and anecdotes . Recommend this tour if you are short on time and want to see as much as possible in a few hours. Having said that the tour didn’t feel rushed at all.
        Written 17 March 2024
      • Roam46249896196
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Top notch tour!
        Lester was an incredible tour guide. This was a jam-packed adventure full of LOTR sights and fun facts. A must-do for LOTR fans traveling in Wellington!
        Written 16 March 2024
      • oxleys
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Tour
        Very enjoyable tour. Knowledgeable guide covering a vast area of Wellington. Got to see many of the things we were planning to visit independently.
        Written 14 March 2024
      • Fletch101
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent Tour of Wellington.
        We were a group of 6 on a cruise ship in Wellington for the day and booked this tour on line before we left. On the day, there was another cruise ship in port and our bus had 28 occupants, 20 from the other cruise ship and 8 from ours. This was more than we envisaged, but worked out OK in the end. We had Dennis as our driver/guide and he was terrific. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and warned us when we started that his tours sometimes went overtime, and if anyone objected to this. As no one put their hand up, our 3.5 hour tour went for 6 hours, although we were a little late starting the tour due to late comers. We saw all of Wellington on the bus, with Dennis giving great commentary along the way. We stopped for coffee, visited a souvenir shop, had bathroom breaks when required, visited an old wooden church and had "skip the line" tickets for the cable car. It was a great day and I highly recommend this tour.
        Written 10 March 2024
      • Rookeydooks
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best way to see Wellington if you don't have a lot of time
        The tour with Wayne was fantastic! He skillfully blended humor with being an engaging and well-informed guide. We explored numerous places, from Victoria Mountain to the bay to the city. Riding the cable car for another perspective of Wellington was a highlight, and visiting the amazing peninsula added to the overall wonderful experience. I highly recommend this tour with Wayne!
        Written 9 March 2024
      • KreativeKristy
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour with a great guide
        This was a fantastic tour! Richard did a great job and was full of information and had a great attitude. We enjoyed our time with him very much. He kept us laughing the whole time. He took us to multiple locations and squeezed everything in even though our schedule was tight due to our cruise ship schedule. He made great use of our time. The Weta workshop was great. I can’t recommend this tour enough!
        Written 8 March 2024
      • Dawn t
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Driver was not a great guide. He left 2 people after our first stop. I realized it and told him. We had already left
        Our driver left 2 people after our first stop. I had to tell him To go back. He let us out at one stop on the side traffic was racing by. It wasn’t safe. I had to tell him every time to turn on his microphone. He hadn’t driven a manual transmission in 30 years and our bus was manual transmission. He stalled several times. The stop he took us to for lunch ( which was not included) was terrible And was the only option we got peanuts, bananas and a drink at a store across the street.
        Written 6 March 2024
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      Leah C
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Friends
      We had an amazing morning on the half day LOTR tour, it was cold and drizzly (our favourite weather - felt like home!) but the tour bus was warm and the drives around Wellington were stunning. It was wonderful going on the Weta Cave tour and seeing the filming spots for the movies but it was also amazing to hear Lester's stories about native plants and Maori legends - it made the walks and views that much more immersive. We will definitely be visiting again to fit the full day in!
      Written 4 October 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Good to know Lester gave yet another of his wonderful Xplor experiences for our customers. Thanks for leaving him this lovely review.
      Written 13 October 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Amanda S
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Couples
      sadly, I am very late on making this review. My husband and I went in March of 2023 for our honeymoon trip (wouldn't let me select that far back).

      if you are anything like I am, I take reviews serious when trying to plan an activity. We flew from Auckland to Wellington just for this tour. My husband and I are big fans of Lord of the Rings and this tour appeared to be right up our alley, and it was! it was so great that we decided to make it a full day tour and was able to pay cash after the WETA tour. I highly suggest just doing the full day tour and embarking on the path of LOTR. The tour guide was very educated in LOTR and a great photographer since he was mostly the one taking pictures of us at each destination.

      Can you do this tour by yourself without a tour guide? yes, BUT the information they give you during the tour is the big seller. Behind the scenes information that draws you in, they also carry around posters so you can visualize the movies. I only added two photos to not spoil the tour for anyone interested.

      Highly recommend. Would do it again.
      Written 5 March 2024
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      Thanks for your great review Amanda! Glad you enjoyed it, and we really appreciate you posting it for us.
      Written 14 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      DB08
      Tasmania, Australia98 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Friends
      We had a great time on this tour, not being LOTR or Hobbit fans we found the Weta workshop fascinating, to see the amount of work done here on special effects for so many movies was a real eye opener. The tour of Mount Victoria and some of the filming locations was very special and so well described by our tour guide. Highly recommend this tour.
      Written 26 February 2024
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      Awesome review, thank you. We might be biased but our LOTR tours are the best! Thanks again
      Written 29 February 2024
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      Andrew Trombley
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2022 • Friends
      Doesn't get any better than Richard. So knowledgeable and passionate about his city! He's also a great conversationalist driving between locations. The flying fox was a real treat! With so much to do and see in Wellington I would recommend a tour with him to everyone and anyone! Thanks Richard! Looking forward to the next one!
      Written 26 July 2022
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      Hi Andrew Thank you for your review it is really appreciated. I enjoyed taking you and Akiko around the LOTRs sites in Wellington. We had fun and you both rode the flying FOX. Once again thank you for the review
      Written 12 August 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      finneng
      Drammen, Norway4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Family
      We had a real problem getting off the ship. The tour guide/ bus driver waited about 30 mins for us. In the end they had to leave. When we finally got off the ship another guide called the boss. He came and picked us up and drove us to meet our tour. Such a nice man, and what great service. They all went out of their way to help us. The tour was fantastic. The tour guides had a lot of knowledge, he was also fun to be with. The tour was much more than we expected. A must for all Lord of the rings fans.
      Written 21 November 2023
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      Thanks for your great review. Glad we were able to sort it all out and you enjoyed your time with our guide. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your kind words.
      Written 22 November 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      L O
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      Booked as an extra activity in Wellington from off of our cruise ship. Picked up at Port dock which was great. Had to stop for a few other pickups at hotels in town which had a bit of confusion with the bookings. Our first stop was the WETA workshop and made it in time for the tour. Tour was great. Then went to the Mt Victoria LOTR movie sites, which was interesting. I had booked this for my husband as he is a fan, me not so much a movie fan. Guide was great in dropping off the groups where they wanted on the return in town. Overall, really glad we did this tour.
      Written 18 February 2024
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      Thanks so much for your review & your patience. Glad that it all worked out , you can be assured that we do our very best to look after everyone. Take care & see you again
      Written 26 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Marjorie R
      Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Couples
      The visit to Weta Workshop and cave was just great - enthusiasm abounds. Could have easily spent two more hours there. The movie sites were a bit underwhelming, but the setting makes up for it. It would have been nice if the driver had more background information and commentary. And making the driver use a bunch of poster-size floppy pictures did not seem optimal. But overall great!
      Written 16 November 2023
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      Thanks for leaving a review. The Weta Workshop tour is definitely a highlight.
      Written 22 November 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Georgia P
      Torquay, Australia149 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I can’t recommend this tour enough! Nathan our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. Nathan showed great pride for Wellington, New Zealand and the local film industry. The tour was well organised and ran very smoothly. We were collected from our ship and were set up with the best information to get the most out of Wellington after the tour.
      Written 9 April 2024
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      Wowee! Well it also takes great guests to make a great tour so thanks for being awesome. Take care & travel safely
      Written 10 April 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Joy D
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2023 • Family
      Wish I'd done the overnight. Although this is a typical tourist spot, it's be n done very tastefully. I saw how hard the filming, directing, producing is and how creative all the people are who help bring the final idea to completion.
      I wish I'd also kept time for the Weta workshop. And, Wellington Te Papa museum is absolutely amazing. You need a full day to enjoy it.
      Written 17 August 2023
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      Glad you enjoyed your tour with us and Wellington came through for you with a great experience. Thanks for leaving your review, it is much appreciated.
      Written 22 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Maps05858267269
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Couples
      We booked a half day tour and enjoyed a lovely Sunday morning with Mitch. He was friendly and knowledgeable, with nice mix of LOTR, Weta and local information. We would definitely use this company again if we find ourselves in Wellington.
      Written 20 August 2023
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      Thanks for leaving a lovely review for Mitch. Glad he gave another of his great tours for us.
      Written 22 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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