Walk in the footsteps of the cast and crew of “The Lord of the Rings” and learn how Peter Jackson and his team had the vision and talent to create amazing sets around New Zealand.
Your guide will pick you up at one of our designated spots in the city from 10am and head towards the natural beauty of the Hutt Valley. As we leave the city everyone will become acquainted with their fellow travellers.
Behind-the-scenes stories and videos provided by your guide will keep you entertained. On location, our stories and picture folder will help bring those filming days to life while you also have the chance to explore. Learn what it was like for everyone involved in the filming of these classics!
You will visit Dry Creek Quarry where the sets of Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were constructed. Continuing, we’ll go for a walk through Harcourt Park, used in the movies for scenes around Isengard including Gandalf and Saruman discussing the newly found ring and Saruman ordering the nearby trees to be pulled down! Then we head to the Hutt River to see where Aragorn was washed ashore after his battle with Sharku and the Warg riders. Your next destination will be Kaitoke Regional Park the home of the Elves of Rivendell in the movies. After a relaxing picnic lunch, we’ll enjoy Rivendell before crossing a swing bridge for a short nature walk. Find the 1,400 year-old native Rata tree. Take a picture of New Zealand’s symbol – the silver fern before we return to the city.
As you travel back through the city centre your guide will point out where the red carpet for two world premieres ran down to The Embassy Theatre. We head up to the trees of Mount Victoria and your next stop. After viewing our movie clips, we will take a walk through the woods and see where filming began for The Lord of the Rings including scenes like “Get off the road”, “Shortcut to mushrooms” and “Race to the ferry”.
After our walk in the “Hobbiton Woods” we then head to the suburb of Miramar, home to New Zealand’s movie industry. While here, your guide will find the hidden production studios and talk about what happens inside these very secretive facilities. You will also learn the latest news from “Wellywood” as we continue to special effects company Weta Workshop and their Weta Cave.
At the Weta Cave retail shop and museum, you will have the chance to pose for pictures with the life-sized trolls, William, Tom and Bert. Inside the shop, there is lots of movie memorabilia for sale and other props on display. You choose - do some souvenir shopping or just admire all their collection of props.
Those on our tour have the option to view the short Weta behind-the-scenes video or take part in their 40-minute Weta Cave Workshop Tour for a more hands-on experience.
After enjoying our time in Miramar, we return to the city by way of scenic Oriental Bay.
Please note: All original sets have been removed. Unless otherwise stated, entry to the studios is prohibited to all public.