Follow in the footsteps of Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on a half-day 'Lord of the Rings' tour from Wellington. See where Middle-earth was created in New Zealand’s beautiful countryside on this Wellington 'Lord of the Rings' tour, and discover why the scenic region was chosen to film the famous ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ movies. Visit movie director Peter Jackson’s Wellington production base, Weta Studios, to see where LOTR and Hobbit production was completed, and go behind the scenes on this unique Wellington half-day tour.
Spend some time in Middle-earth on this half-day tour from Wellington. Your guide will take you into the heart of Middle-earth for your chance to experience the magic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The first stop on your Wellington Lord of the Rings locations tour is Courtenay Place, Wellington’s nightlife center. Visit the Embassy Movie Theatre where the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were screened. See where the stars of the movies walked the red carpet, and where 100,000 people gathered to watch.
Next stop is Mount Victoria for fabulous views of Wellington’s city center and harbor. Continue down into the ‘Green Belt’, where forest scenes from the movies were shot, including ‘Shortcut to Mushrooms’, ‘ Get off the Road’, ‘Race to the Ferry’, ‘Dunharrow Plateau’ and more.
Next stop is 'Wellywood', the heart of the Wellington film industry in the suburb of Miramar, where movie director Peter Jackson and his production company Weta NZ produced the magical Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
Your guided tour of Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios and production facilities includes a visit to the brand-new 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition. Visit the Weta Cave and enjoy a guided tour of Weta Studio’s prop-making and make-up departments, then see a short film about the digital special effects featured in the movies.
Visit the studio’s mini-museum and souvenir shop before heading back to the city at the conclusion of your behind-the-scenes Wellington Lord of the Rings locations tour.
** Please Note - Weta Studios is closed on the December 26, 2013 and January 1, 2014 so this tour departure will be film locations only **