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Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings

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If you’re a movie fan or lover of beautiful landscapes, take the opportunity to see film locations from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films on this Middle-earth tour from Queenstown. You’ll tour the countryside by 4WD and visit the locations where the Fortress of Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and other famous Peter Jackson scenes were filmed. Discover why New Zealand is the movie directors’ choice for film locations, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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You'll start at
37 Shotover Street
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  • 1
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 2
    Glenorchy Café & Bar - The GYC
    Stop: 10 minutes -
  • 3
    Paradise
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 4
    12 Mile Delta
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Visit several LOTR filming locations, from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • Recognize film landscapes such as Amon Hen, Lothlórien, and Isengard
  • Take home photos made extra fun with authentic replica film props
  • Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Queenstown hotel
What to Expect
Get picked up from your Queenstown hotel and hop into a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for the scenic drive to Glenorchy. Enjoy fascinating commentary from your Lord of the Rings–obsessed guide as you journey to several South Island filming locations.  The landscape begins to take on a sense of familiarity as you venture deep into the breathtaking landscapes of Middle-earth, passing through such LOTR filming locations as Ithilien Camp, the forest of Amon Hen, and Isengard. Stop often for photographs, enhanced with capes and swords to ensure some fun take-home shots. This half-day tour—which accommodates a maximum of six people, ensuring a more personalized experience—includes hot beverages and snacks. And as a bonus you also pass by filming locations of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  Your Lord of the Rings tour ends with drop-off back at your Queenstown hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from town centre or Queenstown accommodations.
Duration
4h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Transport by 4WD vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Light refreshments (including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and cookies)
  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Pickup from all central Queenstown accommodations. Hilton pickup on request
  • Minimum numbers apply (min 2 per tour for confirmed departure, min 4 on NZ public holidays). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please Note: Pickup from central Queenstown accommodations is included. Surround suburbs (Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, Fernhill and others) by arrangement. Please contact to reconfirm pick up arrangement and time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This was a super relaxing and fun tour! Rob was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and super personable. Our group had a great time and we learned a lot about different LOTR sites! The views were spectacular as well. Thanks again!
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Marketing Team at Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
Responded yesterday
Kia Ora Hannah, Thank you for leaving a review, we really appreciate it. Rob is a fantastic guide and is extremely knowledgeable about all things LOTR. We are glad you had a great trip and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
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We did the Nomad Safari tour this morning and it was epic - fan of the film or not you’ll love the scenery. Jill was our guide and she was fantastic- Jill’s mum in Boston must come to NZ!!
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Marketing Team at Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
Responded 1 week ago
Kia Ora, Thank you so much for leaving a review, we really appreciate it. We are so happy to hear that Jill was fantastic. We will pass this review onto her. We hope you loved Queenstown and its surroundings and we hope to see you back again soon!
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Biggest tourist scam I have experienced in my 3 weeks while touring New Zealand. I wouldn’t recommend this activity to anyone - not worth the price tag. My brother and I, we are huge LOTR fans and was really looking forward to an exciting half-day trip with Nomad Safaries in
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Glenorchy Movie Locations Tour: The Lord of the Rings
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Frederik We do appreciate your feedback, and regret that on this occasion we did not meet your expectations. However I do think there are a couple important points here to address: The "old broken Landcruiser" you reference is less than two years old, in great condition with Air conditioning, and maintained to the highest standard. We have a couple pricing options- normally seating 6 in the vehicle, and yes our current rate is $225 per person. We also offer a pricing option seating 4 in the vehicle- the one you booked at $340 per person. This is what your agent booked you, and so I suggest you go back to them and ask some further questions. This is a guided tour and we pride ourselves on our small group and personal experience. Our drivers have a wealth of local knowledge and legends, only adding to the guided experience. I'd like to direct you to our MANY 5 star reviews commending us on just that- the personality of the tour. As for your suggestion of taking a taxi instead, I sourced a quote for you- from Queenstown to Paradise each way is $180, totalling $360 plus a charge of a $1 a minute for any stopping you'd like to do. We provided you with refreshments, accommodation transfers, movie props, and 4 and a half hours of a local born and bred guide and driver, as well as 7 stops. So I suggest you really had a much better deal with us. I also very much disagree with your description of us as a “scam”. We are not asking you to wire money to a cause that does not exist, or sold you tickets to a fake event. We are a company who have clearly outlined a product which you chose to purchase. And so, we while we do regret you left disappointed, I really question what it is you were expecting.
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We all loved the experience. Fantastic hosting by our guide, Rob, who was very enthusiastic and informed, both about his and Queenstown's Maori heritage and the film sites. Great stuff!
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Had a really enjoyable tour with Rob as our guide. The weather wasn't great and visibility was limited, but despite that he made it a really fun, interactive and informative trip. Breathtaking scenery and just awesome to see where the magic happened 20 years ago. A must if
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Gaddiel R
Roswell, New Mexico
2412
Quad adventure over Queenstown
Wonderful drive on quads up the mountain the sites and free roaming sheep made it quite interesting Impressive
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Hannah C
10
Fun tour! Great guide :)
This was a super relaxing and fun tour! Rob was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and super personable. Our
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Nes S
91
LOTR great adventure!!
Our morning and afternoon guides Russ and Riley (I hope I spelled both names right) were really good drivers, very
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Paul S
72
Lord of the Rings full-day tour
Took the Lord of the Rings full-day tour. While these are actually two separate tours - morning and then afternoon
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Terry H
20
Boston makes NZ come alive
We did the Nomad Safari tour this morning and it was epic - fan of the film or not you’ll love the scenery. Jill
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cindypulliam
Brooklyn, Indiana
2715
Our guide Marcelo made the experience!
Queenstown has received a tremendous amount of rain in the past 48 hours which necessitated changing the itinerary
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LLulu16
Jakarta, Indonesia
2914
4WD experience
Our trip to Milford was cancelled due to bad weather and we had picked up a brochure from Nomad Safari’s the
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Shen li
10
Excellent
Amazing trip! My guide Peter Dun is very good. Tell me more stories about the trip. We enjoy our trip and feel
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Frederik F
Copenhagen, Denmark
61
Not worth a dime
Biggest tourist scam I have experienced in my 3 weeks while touring New Zealand. I wouldn’t recommend this
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jshigi
Seattle, Washington
638
Jenny is the BEST
JENNY!!! She was such an INCREDIBLE guide and even sang us a Maori song. Even though her dog was sick and at the
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