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Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch
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Hotel transfers from Christchurch are included
Duration:
9h
Group size:
16
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as anyone who appreciates beautiful landscapes, will love this day tour from Christchurch to Mt. Sunday. The mountain 'played' Edoras in the films, and your guide will point out the spots that featured, plus show you behind-the-scenes photos of filming. It's only accessible be 4WD vehicle, making for a fun and adventurous day out.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Pose with replica props from the films
  • Hear stories about what went into the filming of the LOTR movies
  • A picnic lunch with sparkling wine is included
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Pose with replica props from the films
  • Hear stories about what went into the filming of the LOTR movies
  • A picnic lunch with sparkling wine is included
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2922LOTR01
Important information
Inclusions
  • Picnic lunch with sparkling wine
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Canterbury Museum, 11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand Tours depart from outside the main entrance of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Picnic lunch with sparkling wine
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Canterbury Museum, 11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand Tours depart from outside the main entrance of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 16 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Canterbury Museum
    11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    Tours depart from outside the main entrance of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Canterbury Museum
  • 1
    Mount Somers
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Lake Clearwater
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Mount Sunday
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Mt Potts Lodge
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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CA F
Starnberg, Germany1 contribution
Jan 2020
We were in New Zealand for two weeks in January, starting in Auckland and ending the holiday in Queenstown. Of all the trips and tours we did, this was defintely one of the best. We had fantastic weather and relatively mild winds for the area. Our guide Hammond was fantastic, told us all about Christchurch, the Canterbury area and spoke about his experience working as sound editor on Lord of the Rings. He was knowledgeable, friendly, humorous and humble, especially considering his acchievement of winning two Oscars, something we only found out after our tour. We were shown various clips from the making of Lord of the Rings, in particular Edoras, while driving through beautiful landscapes. We had a short stop at a very nice cafe with excellent coffee and food before heading to Mound Sunday. One stop was made at a beautiful lake to take a couple of pictures and take in the scenery. Another picture stop (from which one could already see Mount Sunday) was made before heading into the valley. Once at the foot of Mount Sunday, a short and easy hike up the hill followed, equipped with different swords from the LotR movies. Hammond was kind enough to take lots of pictures of everybody and explained us all the details about building the Edoras set at this amazing location. For me, this experience would have already been more than enough but after Mount Sunday we headed to Mount Pott Lodge for a delicious lunch consisting of sandwhiches, a piece of cake and sparkling wine. On the way back to Christchurch we were shown a couple of more clips from the making of LotR. It was a fantastic experience, not only for LotR fans but for anyone who just wants to explore the beauty of NZ. Highly recommend it while in Christchurch!
Written 20 January 2020
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Kia Ora and thank you for joining us on our Lord of the Rings tour. We are so pleased to hear that you had such a fantastic day! Great to hear you got awesome weather too. We appreciate your comments about the great job that Hammond did. We believe that our driver/guides are 'story-tellers', it is our job to tell the story of our history, culture and people, in an authentic, personal and honest way. Our drivers take much pride in developing their commentary and they regularly update this as needed. It is wonderful to know that this 'special touch' is appreciated by our customers. Thanks again for taking the time leave a review. We hope you got some epic photos of your time in Middle Earth :D Warm regards, The Hasslefree Tours team
Written 31 March 2020
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ajkachoria
Worcester, MA2 contributions
Jan 2020
We were in New Zealand for about two weeks and I can say this was easily one of the best things we did while there. Our tour guide was the main reason we had such a good time as he was fully engrossed in the LOTR lore and was able to give us little anecdotes along the ride to Mt. Sunday (Edoras).

The drive itself is beautiful as you're passing through a lot of the country side. As you get closer to Mt. Sunday, you take stops intermittently to see the sights and learn a little more about the area. Again, our tour guide was awesome and took a lot of photos for us and knew the best angles to get the best shots.

The actual climb up Mt. Sunday was only about 10 minutes as we drove pretty close to the "summit". We brought up prop swords including Sting and were able to take a lot of photos. At the summit, again, we heard a lot of stories about filming and how they actually built and filmed Edoras.

While we were there, much of the smoke from the Australian bushfires was moving over New Zealand and we actually had very, very limited visibility. Our tour guide stated that in the 500+ or so tours that he has done, he has never had such limited visibility to not be able to see the surrounding mountains. And even then, it was such an incredible time.

We had lunch on our way down and then headed back to Christchurch to end the day. On our journey back, our tour guide revealed that he had actually worked with Peter Jackson on the filming of Lord of the Rings as a sound engineer and had won 2 Oscars in 2003 and 2005 for Return of the King and King Kong. He had a lot of great inside stories to share and was incredibly humble about his experience.
Written 12 January 2020
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Christine F
Raymond Terrace, Australia33 contributions
Feb 2020
My first time to NZ and I couldn't have started it better. Booked our tickets from Australia, before we left, and arranged for pick up at Methven Information Centre. Bus arrived promptly on time. We were greeted by Hammond, who was our driver for the day. He was a font of knowledge, having worked in the sound industry and also with Peter Jackson on the LOTR movies. Hammond knew this locality and the weather and warned us that the wind builds up where we will be going.
Everything was great about this tour! The tour guide, the added props, the light lunch afterwards and even the morning coffee break at the Staveley Store.
Highly recommended, you won't forget it!
Written 11 March 2020
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Kia Ora and thank you for your fantastic review of our Journey to Edoras Tour. We are thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your journey and exploring the amazing scenery with us. We also appreciate your comments about our guide Hammond and agree he is 'awesome'. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in New Zealand! Kind regards from all of our team here at Hassle-free Tours. :)
Written 25 March 2020
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romulusx
Denver, CO5 contributions
Mark’s LOTR tour is a stunning scenic must-see. Jaw dropping scenery combined with the movie lore/locations that Mark excels at presenting, will make the day a truly memorable one. The entire family (18,19,51,52 age group) would do it all again.
Written 19 June 2022
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fginherminie
2 contributions
Jan 2020
I was picked up at my hotel in Christchurch by Steven. The back of the vehicle was full, so I got to sit in the front seat with the guide, which made the trip even more pleasant. The drive out to Edoras was probably the best part of the trip. It was neat to see the mountains getting closer and closer, and, when we came around the bend and saw Edoras for the first time, it was amazing. The off-roading we got to do to get to the site was really cool. We actually drove right through a 4 foot deep river! The climb from the base of Mount Sunday to the top was pretty easy, and the views from the top were incredible. The first image that pops into my mind from Lord of the Rings is Eowyn standing on the front of Edoras with that gorgeous mountain scenery in the background. And the views on this tour did justice to that image. It was a little crowded at the top, but we stayed and took pictures for about 45 minutes, so there was a lull in the crowd at one point. It really is a 360 degree view! The only negative isn't really a negative. There was very little wind the day I was there. I was actually looking forward to the wind blowing me sideways, and I just didn't get that, but it did make the walk and the picture taking much easier. The ride home was pretty basic, but I got to spend a lot of time talking to our guide about New Zealand and other local tours and things to do. Stephen, our guide, was fantastic. I know there are other guides available who actually worked on filming the movies, and they may have more stories to tell, but Stephen was enthusiastic to the extreme, and his driving of the vehicle made both of the journeys more fun. The best part, though, is that he didn't rush us at the site. He sat and was patient while we took picture after picture after picture. The tour lived up to my expectations for sure. The scenery alone is something everyone would enjoy, and any fan of Rohan would be delighted.
Written 26 February 2020
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Kia Ora and thank you for your fantastic review of our Journey to Edoras tour! We are so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your day with Steven - learning about the making of the movies in this spectacular location and taking in the amazing scenery. Thanks for your great comments about Steve, we'll definitely pass them on and out to our whole team. We really appreciate feedback like this! Thank you again for spending the day with us, we hope you left with some wonderful memories and photos of your time in 'Middle Earth.' Warm regards, The Hasslefree Tours team :)
Written 29 March 2020
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Pam G
3 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband is a massive Lord of the Rings fan so persuaded me to accompany him on this tour.. I am so glad he did. Beautiful scenery on the way there with regular rest stops.The first was at a lovely cafe where you could buy some food (delicious), then at Mount Potts . This was where we had a very enjoyable lunch on the way back after visiting Mount Sunday (Edoras). The weather started off cloudy but improved and became sunny and warm. Thoroughly enjoyed our climb to the top of the hill and were rewarded by the absolutely fantastic views- truly stunning! Our tour guide, Steve was excellent - his commentary was great and we learned a lot.. Even if you’re not a fan of Lord of the Rings this trip to middle earth is well worth taking for the wonderful scenery.
Written 1 February 2020
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Kia Ora and thanks for joining us on our Lord of the Rings tour. We're glad to hear you were persuaded to come along, it's such a beautiful area to explore even if you don't know much about the movies! We are pleased to hear that Steve did a great job as well. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, we really appreciate it. Hope the rest of your time in Canterbury went well :) Kind regards, The Hasslefree tours team
Written 30 March 2020
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RKH
Columbus, OH4 contributions
Jan 2020
We loved our day trip to Mt Sunday (Edoras) and had a great time. Although it was very cloudy and hazy the day we went due to the Australian bush fires, our tour guide made the entire experience amazing. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Christchurch, whether a Lord of the Rings fan or not. Even with the haze, the views were beautiful.
Written 13 January 2020
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Kia Ora and thanks for your great review of our Lord of the Rings tour. We are so thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your day - learning about the making of the movies in this spectacular location and taking in the amazing scenery. Hopefully the smoke haze added to the atmosphere! Thank you again for spending the day with us, we hope you left with some wonderful memories and photos of your time in 'middle earth.' Kind regards, The Hasslefree tours team :)
Written 30 March 2020
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Kate Burgos
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
This tour is the best tour I’ve ever been on and worth every cent I’ve paid (and more!). I recommend this to anyone, LOTR fan or not. The scenery was breathtaking and beyond this world; no photo can do justice. The tour was also well-run, with a very professional, thoughtful, and knowledgable guide. Put this on your must-do list in your next trip around New Zealand.
Written 29 September 2020
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Jill S
153 contributions
You don’t have to be a LOTR nerd to appreciate the beauty of the scenery on this tour. Marie was a fabulous tour guide-friendly, funny, knowledgeable. Got us up the road from the rest of the car park so there wasn’t so much flat walking, and provided walking poles AND SWORDS AND A BATTLE AXE to use as photo props. 5 hours round trip seemed a little daunting but Marie provided info most of the way up, and then there was great lord of the rings informative videos to watch on the way down. The hike up to the top of mount Sunday seemed difficult but there is actually a less steep route that Marie showed us on the back side and it ended up being no big deal to climb. Plenty of time was given if you needed a rest part way up. Lunch was fresh and tasty, and my vegan daughter loved the special lunch they prepared for her. Can’t say enough good things.
Written 1 February 2020
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Kia Ora and thank you for your wonderful review of our Lord of the Rings Tour. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your journey with Maria and had fun taking photos with our LOTR memorabilia at the summit, they are always a much loved addition to everyone's photos! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your day with Maria - we'll pass on your lovely comments directly. Thank you again for spending the day with us, we hope you left with some wonderful memories and photos of your time with us. Warm regards, The Hasslefree tours team :)
Written 30 March 2020
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Tyrone R
London, UK3 contributions
Jan 2020
We were in New Zealand for 4 weeks taking in both the North and South Island but our trip out to Mount Sunday was easily one of the best things we did in the whole of the trip. My partner and I are massive Lord of the Rings fans so were predisposed to enjoy this tour but even still it exceeded expectations. We were picked up from Methven by our tour guide and from there we made the journey (roughly 2 hours) to Mount Sunday. The views are out of this world and we were blessed with a beautifully clear day.

Special shout out to the wonderful tour guide - Hammond. He was engaging, knowledgeable and spoke eloquently about his experience as a sound editor and working alongside Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings movies. He's modest too as it wasn't until we googled him later that we discovered he is a double Oscar winner and a four-time nominee!
Written 14 January 2020
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Kia Ora and thanks for your wonderful review of our Lord of the Rings tour! It sounds like you had some awesome weather and we are so glad to hear you had such a great time. Hammond is certainly great at recounting his amazing experiences on set, we'll pass on your comments directly. Thank you again for choosing to spend time with us during your stay in New Zealand. We hope you left with happy life-long memories of your time in middle-earth! Kind regards, The Hasslefree Tours team :)
Written 31 March 2020
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