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2 day Private Wellington Middle-earth Film Location Tour Book Now Available × × × × × ×
2 day Private Wellington Middle-earth Film Location Tour

2 day Private Wellington Middle-earth Film Location Tour

The Ultimate private Wellington film location tour - we've been guiding in Middle-earth since 2002! Starts and finishes in Wellington each day.

The Ultimate private Wellington film location tour - we've been guiding in Middle-earth since 2002!

Starts and finishes in Wellington each day.


Wellington is the home of film in New Zealand, and some of the best Lord of the Rings scenes were shot in and around the Wellington area. If you are a serious fan of Tolkien and fandoms in general, this is the ultimate fan tour to take while you're in town.

What sets this tour apart is a hike to the Putangirua Pinnacles, which was used as a filming location for The Paths of the Dead. It's a long drive and a serious walk, which is why it's not included on any single day LOTR tour.

We also visit all the major filming locations in and around Wellington, and join the Weta Workshop tour, which showcases the art, props, prosthetics and processes that make them the best in the world at what they do.

We've been guiding LOTR tours since 2002, and love to geek out and share our passion for Tolkien, and film & fantasy in general!


Your tour is all inclusive, and covers meals and the Weta tour price.

Film locations visited include:
- River Anduin
- Lothlorien
- The Paths of the Dead (Putangirua Pinnacles in real life)
- Rivendell
- Gardens of Isengard
- Faramir Dreams of Boromir
- Aragorn is rescued by Brego
- "Get off the Road" Scene
- Fleeing the Ringwraith in the Outer Shire
- The Black Gate

Other places we visit:
- Scorchorama Cafe (where the stars used to hang out)
- Roxy Cinema
- Embassy Cinema (home of the Return of the King and the Unexpected Journey world premieres)
- Weta Workshop, for the Workshop tour and documentary
- Mount Victoria Lookout (because it's beautiful!)

  • Duration : 2 Days (approx.)
From NZD $725.00

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All Day Private Wellington Lord of the Rings Filming Location tour Book Now 6 Available × × × × × ×
All Day Private Wellington Lord of the Rings Filming Location tour

All Day Private Wellington Lord of the Rings Filming Location tour

Rediscover the magic of the Lord of the Rings with one of New Zealand's most experienced and passionate LOTR tour companies. We've been guiding LOTR tours in New Zealand since 2002.

Rediscover the magic of the Lord of the Rings with one of New Zealand's most experienced and passionate LOTR tour companies. We've been guiding LOTR tours in New Zealand since 2002.


As this may be your only chance to visit Wellington, we make the most of this all day exploration of the Wellington film industry and filming locations with a full 10 hour experience! If you don't have time, contact us directly - we're happy to tailor make a shorter tour to suit your specific needs.

We will visit Weta Workshop, the Roxy Cinema and the best Lord of the Rings filming locations in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, where you can take lots of photos, see how scenes were created, and even reenact the scenes if you wish!


Start in central Wellington


- Mount Victoria summit lookout

- Wellington Town Belt for our first filming locations:

  • “Shortcut to mushrooms” & “Get off the road!”

  • Sam! Wood-Elves!” scene

  • Dunharrow Encampment

  • Fleeing the Ringwraiths - “Right, Buckleberry Ferry!”

- Weta Workshop, creators of physical props and digital effects for LOTR and many other films to enjoy a behind the scenes tour and special documentary.

- Lunch at the Roxy Cinema - a beautiful a cinema and a must see for film buffs.

- Owhiro Bay, aka The Black Gate.

- Poet’s Park, aka the River Anduin.

- Harcourt Park, aka the Gardens of Isengard, home to the wizard Saruman.

- Upper Hutt where Aragorn was rescued by the horse, Brego.

- Kaitoke Regional Park for a light picnic of coffee/tea and light refreshments, before exploring Rivendell, one of the most beautiful places in all Middle-earth!

- Hutt River at a secret location from The Two Towers - Extended Edition.


Finish back in Wellington City


  • Duration : 10 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $425.00

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BEER|GEEK Private Wellington Day Tour Book Now Available × × × × × ×
BEER|GEEK Private Wellington Day Tour

BEER|GEEK Private Wellington Day Tour

BEER|GEEK combines the Wellington subcultures of Film & Craft Beer, with a side of natural beauty. In this all-inclusive private day tour we explore some icons of the local film industry, and enjoy some delicious beer tasting along the way.

BEER|GEEK combines the Wellington subcultures of Film & Craft Beer, with a side of natural beauty. In this all-inclusive private day tour we explore some icons of the local film industry, and enjoy some delicious beer tasting along the way.


First stop is Scorchorama Cafe, before we join the behind the scenes workshop tour and documentary screening at Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings, Avatar, King Kong etc).

Next, we visit the art deco themed Roxy Cinema, which brings back the glory days of the cinema, and is home to the fabulous Coco at the Roxy, where we enjoy a delicious lunch.

Our first brewery, Parrotdog is a local success story, using equity crowdfunding to develop a beautiful large premises in Lyall Bay, including cellar door and shop.

Aro Video is an old school video store with hugely loyal customers. Explore the massive back catalog and discuss the forward thinking techniques Aro Video have used to thrive in a digital world.

Opposite Aro Video is our last brewery, Garage Project, who produce many tasty beers in a former service station and workshop. Finally we walk Cuba Street, home to cafes, tattoo parlours, record stores, and vintage stores. Enjoy a last beer at Golding's Free Dive (my favourite place to be a BEER|GEEK).


  • Private Luxury Transport and Guide
  • Morning Tea/Coffee
  • Weta Workshop tour & Documentary
  • 2 x Brewery Visits (tastings are free, purchase of beer or merch encouraged)
  • 1 x Beer at Golding’s Free Dive
  • Lunch at Roxy Cinema (Actually Coco at the Roxy).
  • Bottled Water
  • Wellington City Tour
  • Pickup from Wellington Accommodation or Cruise ship

  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $425.00

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Colours of Wellington - Private City Highlights Tour Book Now 6 Available × × × × × ×
Colours of Wellington - Private City Highlights Tour

Colours of Wellington - Private City Highlights Tour

Explore the highlights of Wellington with a twist and discover the colours of the city with this private day tour.

Explore the highlights of Wellington with a twist and discover the colours of the city with this private day tour.


By focussing on the colours of Wellington, we get to view the city through the eyes of an artist. We visit most of the major highlights of Wellington, but we aren't necessarily looking at what everybody else sees.

Discover the bright red Wellington Cable Car, the white marble of the Massey Memorial, the rainbow shades of the Wellington Botanic Gardens and Stained-Glass of Old Saint Paul's church. Visit the Byrd memorial (Aurora Australis mural) at the Mt Victoria lookout, and the New Zealand War memorial (Red stone of the Australian Memorial), the (multi-coloured) Bucket Fountain and street art of Cuba Street.

We'll enjoy lunch at a local cafe/restaurant, and maybe meet some colourful local characters too!

This tour is completely customisable either in advance or during our day. We can add galleries, museums, architecture, nature walks - the day is ours!


Inclusions:

- Wellington Cable Car
- Botanic Gardens
- Parliament Buildings
- Old Saint Paul's Church
- Mount Victoria Lookout
- Massey Memorial
- National War Memorial
- Cuba Street
- Street Art- Private Luxury Transport and Guide

- Morning Tea/Coffee
- Lunch at local cafe/restaurant
- Bottled Water
- Pickup from Wellington Accommodation or Cruise ship

  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $395.00

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Greytown, Wairarapa: Gardens Shopping & Food - Private Day Tour Book Now 6 Available × × × × × ×
Greytown, Wairarapa: Gardens Shopping & Food - Private Day Tour

Greytown, Wairarapa: Gardens Shopping & Food - Private Day Tour

Escape to Greytown and discover secret gardens, boutique shopping and foodie delights on this private day tour.

Escape to Greytown and discover secret gardens, boutique shopping and foodie delights on this private day tour.


A scenic one hour drive north of Wellington, Greytown boasts beautiful Victorian architecture, and is a wonderful mix of rural pace and sophisticated style.

Crossing the Rimutaka mountain range, we stop in Featherston for coffee and peek in some of the shops. We continue north to The Olive Press where you can purchase locally produced olives, olive oils and body products.

At Kahikatea Gardens, hosts Neil and Greg will show you around their private paradise, which is full of flowering shrubs and trees, old farm machinery and art. The animals are friendly - and hungry!

We dine at one of the many great local restaurants. After lunch we explore the shops of Greytown, and learn more of the history of the area at the Cobblestones Museum. We can check out Schoc Chocolate as we leave town.

En route back to Wellington, we stop at Fernside (formerly a US Ambassadorial residence), to walk the expansive gardens, which featured in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.


Inclusions

- Morning Tea/Coffee in Featherston
- The Olive Press - Greytown
- Kahikatea Gardens
- Lunch in Greytown
- Shopping
- Cobblestones Museum
- Schoc Chocolate
- Fernside


- Private luxury transport and guide
- Bottled water
- Admission to Fernside
- Admission to Kahikatea Gardens
- Admission to Cobblestones Museum
- Pickup from Wellington accommodation or Cruise ship



  • Duration : 9 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $525.00

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Kapiti Coast Private Day Tour Book Now 6 Available × × × × × ×
Kapiti Coast Private Day Tour

Kapiti Coast Private Day Tour

Explore the attractions and small towns by the sea in Kapiti, just an hour north of Wellington, on this private day tour.

Explore the attractions and small towns by the sea in Kapiti, just an hour north of Wellington, on this private day tour.

We begin by visiting Battle Hill Farm, where we can enjoy a short walk in this real working historic farm. From here we get our first view of the Kapiti Coast, at Paekakariki Hill lookout. Below us is Paekakariki, where we'll stop for coffee at a cute local cafe. En route to Southward Car Museum we'll stop at the WWII US Marine Memorial.

Southward Car Museum holds a truly world class collection. There are some priceless cars here, although the museum isn't just for car lovers.

We'll have a BBQ lunch at The Salt & Wood Collective and if you want to, you can taste the beer at the adjoining North End Brewery.

In the afternoon we spend an hour or 2 visiting the rare native birds and walking the trails at Nga Manu bird sanctuary.

Our drive back to Wellington follows the beaches and coastline and we can stop for walks and/or photos along the way.


Itinerary:

- Start tour in Wellington City
- Battle Hill Farm (short hike)
- Paekakariki HillLookout
- Morning coffee at Paekakariki
- WWII US Marine Memorial at Queen Elizabeth Park
- Southward Car Museum
- Lunch at Salt & Wood Collective (and optional beer tasting at North End Brewery)
- Nga Manu Nature Reserve
- Scenic coastal drive back to Wellington
- Arrive Wellington

Vehicle:

Beautiful black late model Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan, with privacy glass and black leather interior. Limo style seating, premium sound system, air-conditioned front and rear. 4/5 seats in the rear, 1 more seat beside the driver.

Inclusions:

- Private Luxury Transport and Guide
- Morning Tea/Coffee
- Lunch at Salt & Wood Collective
- Admission to Southward Car Museum
- Admission to Nga Manu Nature Reserve
- Bottled Water
- Pickup from Wellington Accommodation or Cruise ship


  • Duration : 9 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $395.00

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US Marines in Wellington WW2 - Private Day Tour Book Now 6 Available × × × × × ×
US Marines in Wellington WW2 - Private Day Tour

US Marines in Wellington WW2 - Private Day Tour

Remember the US Marines who trained in Wellington in WWII on this private day tour.

Remember the US Marines who trained in Wellington in WWII on this private day tour.


In 1942, thousands of US Marines descended on Wellington and the surrounding area. They were here to train before sailing to the War in the Pacific. They were also present as a line of defense, as New Zealand's own troops were already committed to the war effort.

We will visit several sites in the city - The Plaque on the Waterfront that commemorates the first Marine Ship landing, Anderson Park in the botanic Gardens, which could house up to 4000 troops, and Old Saint Paul's Church, which still flies the US Marine Corp flag, alongside the 48 star US flag - left behind by the troops after they went home. We will also pay our respects to our own New Zealand troops by visiting the National War Memorial.

From the city, we drive north to Kapiti to see the US Marine's Memorial at Queen Elizabeth II Park. From there we can also visit the site of Camp MacKay. Very little remains - only foundations in most cases - but with stories and photographs, we will paint a picture of what life was like for these brave men.


Inclusions:

- Wellington Waterfront Plaque
- National War Memorial
- Travel to Paekakariki
- Morning tea, Paekakariki
- Camp Mackay Memorial
- Camp Russell Site
- Lunch at a local cafe
- travel back to city
- Anderson Park
- Old Saint Paul's

- Private Luxury Transport and Guide
- Morning Tea/Coffee
- Lunch at local cafe/restaurant
- Bottled Water
- Donations for admission to venues
- Pickup from Wellington Accommodation or Cruise ship

  • Duration : 7 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $375.00

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