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Lord of Rings Full-Day Tour around Queenstown Lakes by 4WD
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Lord of Rings Full-Day Tour around Queenstown Lakes by 4WD

By Nomad Safaris
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Ages 0-120, max of 6 per group
Duration: 9h
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  • Lunch at a local cafe
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate, biscuits, and cakes
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Pickup details
  • Pickup from town centre or Queenstown accommodation.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Infant seats available
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5762P19

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • 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 6 travellers

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

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      • Nomad Safaris
        1,692
        Queenstown, New Zealand
        Joined in October 2008
      • 159anikat
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        give Adrian a raise
        had the best time ever our tour guide Adrian was amazing, he was incredibly informative and clearly loves his job as he was super excited to tell us to be our guide. he was very knowledgeable and the way he presented himself and the information about Skippers Canyon made it a super fun trip. he should get a raise.
        Written 16 April 2024
      • tarapA9340KV
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best 4wd experience ever!
        Our guide Justin was the the best. I was scared. He talked me through it and put me at ease. He was friendly knowledgeable and experienced. The trip in to Macetown was nothing short of amazing. The landscape in autumn was so beautiful, and the sheer history was incredible. I am so glad I went. Thank you to Justin for giving us an incredible experience ❤️
        Written 15 April 2024
      • sharonrS6861OX
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great LOTR experience
        Tour guide/driver (Cam) was fantastic and so knowledgable. We were lucky enough to be in the new GRIMAS Land Cruiser. Loved seeing the scenes appear in front of us - we've since gone back and watched the movies and they mean so much more after having been there.
        Written 15 April 2024
      • CRB69
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Joe - a Great Guide!
        I was not expecting to see so many back road places and film scenes! The off roading through (not around) the river was fantastic AND a quick stop to view the OG bunjee jump spot where a woman jumped naked (highlight for the men, for sure)! A great experience, a great guide, and another great day in Queenstown!
        Written 15 April 2024
      • katenO2229BJ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Danny made this tour FANTASTIC!
        Danny was the BEST tour guide ever! He is very knowledgeable about Lord of the Rings locations & scenes and is a spectacular driver! He is funny, patient, & relates well to everyone. He not only showed us the LOTR sites, Danny explained how the pictures were shot using trick photography & how the areas changed over time/seasons. His photo book was particularly helpful for our one family member who is not a Lords’ fan 😜 Driving in the river bed and up Skippers Canyon was SO MUCH FUN! And Danny kept us feeling safe the entire adventure. The vehicle was comfy despite the rocky terrain. Danny connected so enthusiastically well with our family, that we went bungy jumping & zip lining later that day & plan to play trivia at a local pub thanks to his recommendation!
        Written 15 April 2024
      • OPle23
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good activities in Queenstown
        Very good activities in Queenstown. Good surroundings view. The guide is really good and kind. He is very friendly and talkative. Will be back again
        Written 15 April 2024
      • Krupenia
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We Went There and Back Again
        Just did the LOTR Tour with tour guide and four wheel drive expert, David. His knowledge of the local history and landscape and the filming of Lord of the Rings made the tour and the experience exceptional. David has a lovely sense of humour, and was extremely caring. Taking us to places we would never get to, four wheeling through raging rivers to show us places where scenes from LOTR were filmed now means when I watch the movies once again it will have special meaning. For any LOTR fan, or those who just want to get off the beaten track, this is a tour well worth doing.
        Written 12 April 2024
      • tonyf524
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great morning even in the rain
        Despite the weather we had a great time and a real adventure. The driver/guide Nico was great, knowledgeable fun and a good, safe driver. There was lots on Lord of the Rings and much more besides. Would recommend unreservedly.
        Written 10 April 2024
      • Resort13917531622
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good sites but bad company
        We had a good experience on the other tour. But, this tour was a big let down and spoiled our whole experience. The sites were nice, but the driver was rude and when we mentioned it to the company, instead of doing. proper analysis, it tried to brush off the issue.
        Written 9 April 2024
      • lovetheoutdoors061
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Thrills in a 4 WD in the mountains of Queenstown.
        Soap was our driver for our thrilling 4 WD trip up the mountains in Queenstown. We stopped for photo ops with the mountain range behind us. He pointed out castle rock, lighthouse rock. You could tell he was a pro. Splashed through rivers, bouncing all the way. He has a great sense of humor and was very friendly. He gave us some fun facts about what we were seeing. It was evident he really likes his job. Want an exciting thing to do out of the city to see scenic vistas from mountain tops? This is the tour to take. Hopefully you will get Soap. He made it very fun.
        Written 8 April 2024
      • F9305NYmarial
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best day on a Quadbike!
        A great adventure. Learn to ride and then set off to the mountain peak above Queenstown on a quad bike. Thanks to Cam for making it such a great day.
        Written 4 April 2024
      • HackswithRak
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Adventurous way to see Queenstown
        This was our first trip to New Zealand’s South Island. Although I wasn’t a LOTR fanatic, I was intrigued to experience it with some adventure - and Nico with Nomad Safaris did not disappoint! It was a fun morning of seeing the interesting sites in Queenstown and surrounding areas, including Arrowtown and the Gold Rush. But the most exhilarating part, was Nico’s 4-wheel driving through the rushing Arrow River, water splashing over the hood and over the running boards! Nico offered for us to try gold panning, but all passengers declined because it was pouring rain. But, we all took him up on the hot chocolate, fresh banana bread and cookies. Nice touch! Nico had us back, on time, to continue our day. Price is good value for the adventure. Thank you!
        Written 31 March 2024
      • Lyphe416
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Exceeded all expectations
        Great excursion and guide. Well run, stunning scenery, great history, and exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you!
        Written 24 March 2024
      • Kdk08d
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful scenery and fun hike!
        We had an amazing hike led by Benjamin! He informed and entertained us on the drive to the trailhead from Queenstown. It was clear that Benjamin was experienced and focused on making this hike a great experience for us….he checked in periodically on the pace and our wishes for photos, and need for breaks. We preferred a faster pace and due to the smaller group, we were able to make it to the Landslide lookout where we had a tasty lunch and just enjoyed the view. The scenery was spectacular- clear water, forest, views of glaciers and some wonderful waterfalls. Thanks, Benjamin, for a very personalized and enjoyable hike of 11.5 miles! You have a gift for guiding!
        Written 23 March 2024
      • echingc2023
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Tour
        Had great time with the tour, enjoyed it. The staff are very good, have good interaction with the guest. Thanks Adrian, Soap, Nico and David.
        Written 23 March 2024
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      Trivia T
      Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022 • Couples
      Jenny I think her name was was a awesome tour guide. My partner and I really enjoyed it. She made us feel comfortable and cruisey. Made the experience enjoyable. Shot us to play with a bit of snow too. Wicked funn down the river in arrowtown.
      Written 29 May 2022
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      Nes S
      21 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our morning and afternoon guides Russ and Riley (I hope I spelled both names right) were really good drivers, very knowledgeable, helpful and made the tours great!!
      As did the other tour guides that were in the other cars.
      The scenery was amazing, the anecdotes, specially the LOTR ones, very interesting!
      What we enjoyed the most was dressing up and playing with swords in the forest, looking for gold in the river bank and the off road driving and river crossing!!
      We were also very lucky because our fellow car passengers made the trip even better.
      We had the included lunch at the Big Fig in Queenstown, the food was organic and tasty!
      All in all it was a great day!!!
      Thank you Nomads!!!
      Written 12 February 2020
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      Kia Ora Nes, Thank you for the amazing review. We are so happy you had a great adventure and learnt lots of interesting facts from our fantastic guides. They really are the true wizards of Middle Earth. Have a great rest of your trip and we hope you come back and visit us again soon.
      Written 13 February 2020
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      Sarah C
      Worcester, MA4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Couples
      Our tour with Nomad Safaris was one of the best things we did in New Zealand! Jono, our guide was so personable, knowledgable, and a great AWD vehicle operator. We got to see so many locations from Lord of the Rings and had a great time seeing the amazing scenery along the way. The tea/cake stops were a fun touch as well as the panning for gold. We had an AMAZING day.
      Written 30 September 2023
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      We are super glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for this amazing review and we will let Jono know about this message! Thanks!
      Written 23 November 2023
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      Richard H
      Bracknell, UK10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Couples
      We had a great day visiting several filming locations. Visited some places that would be hard to get to without expert knowledge. Ruth, our tour guide, was so enthusiastic and knew lots of LotR trivia. She made the day lots of fun. I would recommend this day trip
      Written 23 April 2023
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      "There is always hope", Aragorn would have said this before taking this amazing trip together. Thanks for the fun and joy! We like having fun with our companions.
      Written 4 May 2023
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      Sesame
      Cambewarra, Australia39 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This tour is a must do for any Lord of the Rings fan or just anyone visiting Queenstown who wants an exciting day out filled with magical scenery and more than a few thrills!!

      We had such a wonderful day and our guide Lucas was so knowledgeable, funny, considerate and his driving skills were fantastic! We got to see some film locations that are really hard to get to unless you had a 4WD and they were amazing.

      There’s some opportunities to dress up, handle some weapons and get some really cool pictures of yourself and your family. Lunch was fantastic and did I mention the hot chocolate and world’s best banana bread!!

      Obviously there’s something on this tour for everyone, you will see parts of Queenstown you would never get to see on your own and you can sit back and let someone else do the driving!!

      Thank you Nomad Safaris and Lukas for a great day!
      Written 3 March 2023
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      The banana bread is a recipe we have used for years and perfected. Glad to hear you enjoyed that as much as the Glenorchy LOTR trip.
      Written 29 March 2023
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      Ed W
      St. Albert, Canada4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Couples
      This trip is packed with LOTR sights. Our guide and driver, Josh was a knowledgeable host and a great driver. The morning stop with coffee and treats and the surprise in the forest was absolutely wonderful. The picture binder used to help match up current sites with the films was and the information Josh provided was very helpful. In the Afternoon the 4x4 experience was a blast.
      Written 20 April 2023
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      We are so pleased to read about your awesome experience with us! Thanks for sharing and for this wonderful review! We are happy :)
      Written 4 May 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Allan C
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Family
      We went on the LOTR full day tour with Soap as our authentic and charming guide. The day was well run, stunning scenery, great storys and good 4x4 driving. It exceeded all of our expectations.
      Written 5 April 2024
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      Megan
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023 • Family
      A very enjoyable and interesting tour, with great scenery. Our guide Joe was fantastic - very knowledgeable, friendly and had some funny stories. The section close to Queenstown probably has more variety and LotR sites but the drive to Glenorchy was stunning, so both halves of the tour are worth considering. The stop at the Ford of Bruinen was probably my favourite. Only small niggle was it would have been nice to have a cold drink option at morning/afternoon tea (rather than just tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate) as it was very hot the day we went. All of the staff were dealt with very helpful.
      Written 11 January 2023
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      Thanks for the comments and yes January has been much hotter than usual so thanks for the comments about the drinks. We've found it always varies with different nationalities and some like the tea option. As a company, we are trying to do our bit with reducing waste and hate the unnecessary use of plastic bottles so we don't supply water in bottles , however your comments were a good reminder for us to remind our guests to bring their own drink bottles. Also while it is super hot, it's great to be able to stop at the river as that is always refreshing to cool down in
      Written 16 January 2023
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      Sophie
      75 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2023 • Couples
      The morning of our tour was spent in Glenorchy, with our guide Gilly. She was obviously a big lord of the rings fan and very informative about the filming locations in the area. We really enjoyed talking to her and being surrounded by the beautiful scenery - it definitely felt like we were in middle earth! We also really enjoyed the 4WD aspect as we were able to cross fords and access more remote areas. The ability to dress up as lord of the rings characters was definitely an entertaining addition to the morning. Although the full day tour is really quite expensive, we felt that this half was good value for money.

      The afternoon portion was a bit different. For a tour that was advertised as a lord of the rings tour there were only very brief mentions of the films at all. Also, our guide seemed to have very little interest or knowledge in the films and seemed to have only memorised a few basic facts. He even mentioned that he had only taken us to one of the filming locations of the river bruinen and if we wanted to see the other "we should have asked". We though that given we had booked a lord of the rings tour, wanting to visit filming locations would have been a given! Also, we were joined by another customer who had never watched lotr and was on a 'wakitipu basin tour' which furthered our frustration. There were elements of the tour which were cool, such as goldpanning in the arrow river and shotover canyon, however we didn't realise when we booked that some of these locations had nothing to do with lotr. Our guide also seemed to lose interest in us almost as soon as the other customer entered the car, and they spent most of the tour discussing business opportunities and personal stories. For such an expensive tour which turned out to be so different from that which was advertised, and undertaken by such an unprofessional guide, we were very disappointed with the afternoon experience - if we had wanted a wakitipu basin tour we would have booked one! I hope the company take this and other similar reviews seriously. These tours are expensive, and there are many fans that come to queenstown are let down by misinformation and poor guides.

      Morning = 5/5

      Afternoon = 1/5
      Written 16 June 2023
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      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent experience with our company. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or dissatisfaction you may have encountered, and we appreciate you bringing it to our attention. At our organization, we strive to ensure the utmost customer satisfaction, and we take your feedback seriously. Rest assured, we will thoroughly investigate the matter you raised to understand what happened and make any necessary improvements. Your feedback helps us identify areas where we can enhance our products/services and customer experience. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we genuinely appreciate your feedback. We remain committed to continuously improving our services and ensuring that every customer has a positive experience with our company. Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to serving you better in the future.
      Written 10 July 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      awiig
      Honningsvag, Norway4 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023
      I went on this tour in mid-January, and left a review here on Tripadvisor. This was my 3rd time in Queenstown, and I did the same full-day tour on my previous visits too. Big Lord of the Rings fan. I left a 3-star review. The scenery is obviously amazing, and the vehicles great. My two complaints were:
      1) The guide on the first leg seemed much more concerned with talking about himself than about Lotr, and was actually somewhat unpleasant. (I was quite close to leaving the tour halfway through).
      2) The second guide was great, but skipped one of the major stops because "we sometimes run out of time".

      Nomads responded to my review here, and asked me to contact them directly. I did that, and they said they would respond shortly. On the 9th of February I asked for a status update, and their response was that I would hear from them early the week after (13th-ish). I write this review on the 5th of March, almost three weeks later. I have still not heard from them.

      The first two times I did this tour, the experience was 5 star, no question about it. And it seems that most people are still very happy with this company. Nevertheless, I find this very, very underwhelming.
      Written 5 March 2023
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