An exhilarating journey of discovery through the Wellington and Wairarapa regions, visiting Middle Earth filming locations – the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helms Deep, and the white bridge of Lothlorien.
This Lord of the Rings full day tour visits all of the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the Anduin River where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen; the river where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs; the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman; go to the Mount Victoria lookout and Buckland Forest where you can race to the Buckleberry Ferry and “Get off the Road”, where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the Road; Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor.
You will enjoy an al fresco lunch at one of the region’s leading restaurants.
You will be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien – the majestic Fernside Lodge. In 2000 Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and then to the Gladden fields. You will see where Smeagol and Deagol fought for the Ring right at lake-side. Fernside’s white bridge is a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Fernside today remains a magical place and a must do for the most avid Lord of the Rings fans.
This tour also visits the district of Miramar. Miramar is production central and the home of Peter Jackson and many of the cast and crew. You will also visit the Weta Cave for an exclusive video of behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop. Weta Cave is Wellington’s premiere Lord of the Rings venue.