On this exclusive excursion you will travel north through the Hutt Valley to see where many famous Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed. The Hutt Valley is a large area of fairly flat land in the Hutt River valley in the Wellington region. Like the river that flows through it, it takes its name from Sir William Hutt, a director of the New Zealand Company in early colonial New Zealand.
Up to 15 Lord of the Rings scenes will be part of this excursion, including Helms Deep, Minas Tirith, Gardens of Isengard, Hinged Trees of Isengard, Aragorn Washed Ashore, Departure of Boromir and Rivendell. On-location movie clips allow for a more enjoyable experience as you will be able to watch the scene as you stand where it was shot. The excursion also includes walks in some of Wellington's natural areas including parks, along rivers and in native reserves.
Knowledgeable tour guides will ensure you fully understand the movie magic used to create cinematographic masterpieces, before having lunch at the beautiful Kaitoke Regional Park. Pristine rainforest and crystal clear rivers create the magical Elvish tranquility of this Lord of the Rings filming location. Early Maori walking routes passed through this area, linking the fertile plains of Wairarapa with the port of Wellington. Today, large areas of original lowland rainforest remain, enhanced by well-formed walking tracks and attractive riverside picnic and motorhome areas.
Kaitoke Regional Park was the filming location for Rivendell and the Fords of Isen in the movie trilogy. The whole area is distinctly Elvish, with light filtering through ancient trees and clear babbling brooks. You'll soon feel the magical tranquility that surrounded the house of Elrond.
Reviewer: Meredith Schmahl
The trip was okay, and we were glad to have done this excursion. Having the video clips was a plus. We definitely appreciated lunch!!
Did the best with the limitation of the three sites due to the need for the sites to be brought back to original condition after filming. Big flat screen in van allowed us to view movie clips related to visited sites. Nice narration and hosting by driver/guide. But, you had to use your imagination a bit at the sites. Cute props to take photos with. Guide provided lots of time and interesting narrations with movie stills. Park had nice signs associated with Rivendell shooting. Beautiful day for a drive out of Wellington and fresh lunch from Subway. Small group of fun younger tourists from Germany, Argentina and UK. Really had a nice time. Our portion of the full day tour (with appropriate lower rate) got us back to the ship on time, but we were not able to take advantage of the extended tour which visited the Weta Workshop.
Great tour, plus even handled the itinerary change that occurred at the last minute when we boarded our ship.
It was interesting to find our how movies are made. This tour took you to places where the Lord of the RIngs was filmed and you would think it was vast area or secluded but to my amazement it wasn't. The tour is great for anyone that is over 12 yrs as it is a long tour.
Reviewer: Paul and Nancy
If you are a Lord of the Rings Fan this is very well-done, and a must see! You see where movie filming was done. Our Guide was very informative and worked hard for us. A free lunch was included at one of the sites, that ""hit the spot""!