Queenstown Lord of the Rings

Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin

An adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action whilst discovering LOTR filming locations. Visit the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen and more. Travel an historic gold mining road, following the Arrow River, stop for a refreshing morning or afternoon tea and the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning. Take in the spectacular panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin.

 

Queenstown LOTR Highlights

  • Visit LOTR filming locations
  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
  • See spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin
  • River corssing & gold panning in the Arrow River

Queenstown LOTR Trip Info

Departs: 8:15am & 1:30pm

Allow: 4 hours

Bring: Water, a camera, and a sense of adventure!

Includes: Gold panning & refreshments. Pickup from Town Centre or Queenstown accommodation.

Full Itinerary

The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings filming locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up Queenstown hill you get a birds eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes.

Travelling from The Queenstown hill viewpoint we head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown you will experience a true off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can indulge in morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

From Arrowtown you will travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and into Skippers Canyon.

LOTR filming locations

  • Misty Mountains
  • Refugees of Rohan 
  • Battle of the Wargs scenes
  • Pillars of the Kings
  • Ford of Bruinen
  • Gladden Fields
  • OUR Road to Mordor

Pricing

Max 6 per vehicle
Adult: $195 Child: $95

Max 4 per vehicle (Forward facing seats and that little extra leg room!)
Adult: $295 Child: $195

Half day Private Charter: $975 per vehicle

Full day Private Charter: $1950 per vehicle

Child rate: 4-14 years old when accompanied by an adult. 0-3 years free of charge.
Cancellation: within 24 hours full charge, no shows full charge.

Prices valid from 01/10/17 to 30/09/18

FAQs

Will I see sets from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit?
No. As part of gaining permission to film in the spectacular locations the producers were required to dismantle all sets except for Hobbiton. We specialise in showing you where specific scenes were filmed. Many of the movie locations are recognisable on our trips and your guide will give you insights into the stories behind them.

How long is the trip?
4 hours.

Where will you pick up and drop off?
We will pick you up and drop you at any central accommodation or information centres.

Can I do 2 trips in one day?
Yes – we will drop you off after the morning trip to have lunch and collect you at 1.30pm for the afternoon tour.

Is any walking involved?
Not a lot of walking is required.  Clients have the option of staying in or near the vehicle if they wish at any of the stops on any of our tours.

What type of vehicles do you use?
6 seater 4WD Land Rover or Land Cruiser.

Which trip contains the most LOTR scenes?
If your main focus is to see as much LOTR scenes as possible we recommend our Glenorchy Lord of The Rings tour. This trip heading to Glenorchy on a very scenic drive and end up in Paradise Valley, where LOTR and other movies were filmed. Queenstown Lord of The Rings (Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin) offers a good mixture out of LOTR, scenery and gold panning history.

Reviews

Wakatipu Half day tour (LOTR)
“An unforgettable experience with the basin 4WD tour. Fantastic host, Adriene Lima; he made sure we had an amazing time. The roads were a little bumpy, rocky, only brought you excitement. River crossing was awesome with morning tea at the river. Unreal! The views on Coronet Peak was breathtaking. Our host was our driver, tour guide, photographer and barrista. He was friendly, fun with the tour knowledge. Might be a challenge for people with fear of height, but you are in good hands with a Nomad Safaris driver such as Adriene. Thank you so much.”
– Hai N, Sydney, Australia via Trip Advisor

Wakatipu Basin Tour
“We did the basin 4 WD tour. This tour has something for everyone. Both adults and kids. Great for LOTR fans but also a great way to see the full beauty of Queenstown. The drive through the river is a highlight. Our host Laura was friendly, knowledgable and great fun!
– eddmo55a, Sydney, Australia via Trip Advisor

Safari of the scenes Wakatipu Basin 
“Thanks Michelle for a fantastic tour! We are so glad we did this trip. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves & Michelle took great care of us. It was wonderful to go to places such as up the Arrow river & on some of the Skipper ‘s Canyon Rd, that we couldn’t otherwise get to on our own. We also learned a lot of interesting things about The Lord of the Rings filming as well as local history. Michelle was very knowledgeable & highly skilled at driving the 4wd! Highly recommend to anybody.
– Annalyce via Trip Advisor  


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