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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day) provided by Nomad Safaris

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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

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LOTR fans and their companions are welcome on this off-road adventure. Depart Queenstown aboard a 4WD vehicle for the rugged roads of the Wakatipu Basin. In addition to panning for gold alongside the Arrow River, your guide will help you discover a variety of filming locations for “The Lord of the Rings.”
You'll start at
37 Shotover Street
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  • 1
    Lake Wakatipu
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 2
    Kawarau River
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Arrow River
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 4
    Skippers Canyon
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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You'll end at
37 Shotover Street
37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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  • 4WD tour of LOTR filming sites outside Queenstown
  • Follow a former gold mining road via the Arrow River
  • View the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak
  • Guide shares knowledge of the region and provides tea
Important Information
Departure Point
37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by 4WD vehicle with your driver/guide
  • Gold panning
  • Selected Queenstown Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • min 2 per tour for confirmed departure, min 4 on NZ public holidays
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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KKirti wrote a review 12 Mar
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Though we were not LOR fans before the tour, we thought it a good way to see the landscape around the lake and relate them to a movie. Th tour met all our expectations, and now e'll see the movie! Our guide Rob added a few additional experience including an afternoon tea in the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Victor_LotrNerd wrote a review Feb 2020
Munich, Germany2 contributions
It is an offroad tour but not really a Lord of the Rings tour. It is focused on the gold mining in Arrowtown. False advertising! Name the tour for what it is: "Offroad 4wd gold mining and ski slope".
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Victor Thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed. Our Queenstown Tour is definitely varied with some fun off-roading- as well as the gold history, but certainly does highlight Lord of the Rings as well. On this tour we go to a viewpoint to look out on Deer Park heights, the private land where several scenes were filmed, to the Kawarau Gorge to see the Pillars of the Kings, and Arrowtown where the Gladden Fields and Ford of Bruinen were filmed. We pride ourselves on our LOTR knowledge and will certainly be ensuring this is something we highlight going forward.
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Elaine P wrote a review Feb 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand19 contributions8 helpful votes
Thank you Ale for making our LOTR tour so enjoyable we loved hearing all the film and other interesting facts and driving through the river bed with a little bit of gold panning. We appreciated the offer of coffee/tea and enjoyed the home made banana bread. Everyone else
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Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely 5 star review! So glad you enjoyed your Queenstown LOTR tour with Ale. Skippers is a one of a kind place, and certainly the kind of road where you'd want a driver like Ale! Thanks again, it was great to have you here in Queenstown and we hope to see you here again soon!
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Amy J wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the half day with Jenny, and her passion for her country and it's natural environment was contagious. Her skilled driving eased the anxiety others had given me about Skipper's Canyon too, so I was able to relax and enjoy the spectacular view. The river crossings were
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Date of experience: January 2020
Greg L wrote a review Nov 2019
60 contributions8 helpful votes
What a fantastic morning! Even if you're not a huge Lord of the Rings fan, this tour is worth the time. The driver shared all kinds of trivia and information about the locations we visited. He was also funny and handled the off-road portions of the tour like a pro! The views
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from nomadsafarisqt, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
Responded 13 Dec 2019
Heya Greg Thanks very much for this 5 star review! We pride ourselves on tailoring our tours to the interests of our guests, and we are so glad you enjoyed it!
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Rohan D
Great 4wd drive experience
We did the 4wd drive experience with my 1 year old. It was amazing. Our guide Justin was great and made me feel
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Surrey, United Kingdom
A lovely scenic drive
We did a Queenstown to Glenorchy return drive leaving Queenstown at 12:15 and found the scenery to be excellent.
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Arlington, Virginia
Great Guide
This was really a charming trip. Our guide, a former film editor from Brazil, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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Loved the 4x4 Experience
Had a great day touring and off-roading in Queenstown with our guide, Marcello. He was very knowledgeable about
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Lisa G
Excellent tour!
The scenery was in and of itself well worth the tour but our guide's knowledge of and enthusiasm for Lord of the
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Melbourne, Australia
Glenorchy Lord of the Rings
Though we were not LOR fans before the tour, we thought it a good way to see the landscape around the lake and
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Jan S
Cambridge, New Zealand
A remarkable 4WD adventure
Not for the faint hearted, this was a destination I wanted to visit having heard stories from my mother who grew
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Pj P
Perfect back-country driving experience!
Our guide, Graham, alias Grazza, was knowledgeable of the area, personable, patient, and the perfect 4-wheel
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London, United Kingdom
Fabulous trip into Skippers with Peter!
Had a wonderful trip to Skippers with Peter - it is one of the most dangerous and exhilarating roads in NZ and I
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Bruna our guide was exceptional throughout the morning. Her driving skills, commentary and care of her passengers
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  • Duration: 4h
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