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The tour begins with a breath-taking journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This is one of New Zealand’s most famous scenic road journeys with spectacular views around each bend. After passing through the sleepy township of Glenorchy at the base of the lake we enter the awe inspiring Mt Aspiring World Heritage area where Middle Earth comes to life. You will literally arrive in Paradise to enjoy a complementary picnic lunch with the glacial lakes, ancient forests and neck stretching peaks of the film trilogy as your backdrop. Throughout the tour our experienced local guides will give you great insight into why this region was an inspiration for so many movies and how it has brought the vision of Jackson and Tolkien to life on the big screen.

Tour Highlights:

  • LOTR & The Hobbit locations (Isengard, Lothorien Forests, Ithilien Camp, Amon Hen and Misty Mountains, Beorn’s House)
  • Multiple other movie locations (Wolverine & Narnia film locations)
  • Glenorchy township
  • Paradise, Dart and Rees River.
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Off Road 4X4 Queenstown

See New Zealand's legendary landscapes as depicted in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy during an exhilarating 4WD adventure to Glenorchy. With an expert guide at the wheel, your 4x4 skirts along the edges of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to your destination, then navigates near-forgotten back roads. Hear entertaining commentary about this former gold mining region and stop at multiple LOTR filming sites while you bump along the glacier-carved valleys of this backcountry terrain.

  • 4-hour 4WD tour, round-trip from Queenstown to Glenorchy
  • Go off the beaten track along the Paradise, Dart and Rees rivers
  • Hear commentary on multiple LOTR filming sites
  • Dig into a picnic lunch and see multimedia presentations on an iPad
  • Select a morning or afternoon departure
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Ross: my brother, my captain, my king!

Our family of five had a brilliant (blue, sunny, crisp and frosty) morning with Ross as he toured us through gorgeous Glenorchy and then up to stunning Paradise (aptly-named) and to the head of the Dart river. Ross was informative, friendly and patient, and tolerated...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2018
Great Experience!!!!

We had an amazing time with our tour guide, Pete, who shared detailed facts throughout the trip and was very passionate about his job! Throughout the trip, Pete answered all of our questions and took us to some memorable locations from the films.

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Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic Trip

Great tour. Ross did an amazing job. He was Very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw some of the most beautiful areas and would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

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Reviewed April 18, 2018
A Great Experience

I highly recommend this tour as we found it very exhilarating & relaxing. Ross was a great host & his knowledge of New Zealand was very impressive. It was great how Ross showed us scenes from Lord of the Rings & then matched it with...More

1  Thank Sandra B
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile
Great experience, especially if you are a Lord of the Rings fan.

Ross, our tour guide was great! He was very knowledgeable not only of the film locations but regarding Queenstown in general. We had a perfect day and being able to see the movie clips on the iPad as we explored those specific locations was a...More

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