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In the Footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings"

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In the Footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings"

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.

Our Lord of the Rings film location excursion includes 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 a picnic 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.

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Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch is Included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, a light jacket, layered clothing that may be removed, rubber soled shoes, walking shoes, and sunglasses.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk unaided up to 15 minutes at a time on gravel, grassy or rocky ground, some of which are on steep inclines.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 12 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsVery Informative excursionMarch 11, 2020

Reviewer: Wendy Toth
If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you'll really enjoy this excursion. We only had 5 in our group and the tour guide knew everything. She was actually a hobbit in the Hobbit movies. We went to a lot of sites where the movies were filmed and got to stand in the exact spots where some of the most memorable parts of the movies were shot. Would recommend.

4 StarsLord of the RingsFebruary 29, 2020

Reviewer: Janice Carr
Our guide was person who played a hobbit as an extra in the Hobbit movies. She moved to New Zealand from Ohio. Her experiences on the movie set were really interesting. The sites of the filming were so much returned back to original that it was hard to imagine what it looked like. Especially the gravel pit. Could have skipped the gravel pit.

4 StarsLord of the Rings excursion in WellingtonDecember 03, 2019

Reviewer: Lynn
The tour was very good, except there was some confusion on meeting up with tour guide. We were told by a Shore excursions employee to wait and a van would be by shortly to pick us up, which was not the case. Apparently we needed to take a security van to where we were supposed to go. Fortunately, the security had called ahead and let them know we were on our way. The tour itself was really good, unfortunately it happened to be raining very hard almost the entire time. However, it did add to the magic of Rivendale. Our tour guide Ted was an excellent guide. He was very informative and knowledgable. Seeing scenes from the movie really helped to visualize, as did the still pictures. The lunch that was provided was very good at the picnic spot we stopped at. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

5 StarsGreat experienceMay 15, 2019

Reviewer: Kristina Turner
Our tour guide was amazing and did a great job showing us all the sites. We also enjoyed that our tour was a small group.

5 StarsFabulousMarch 03, 2019

Reviewer: Deb Fiscus
If you are a LOTR junkie, this is the tour for you. We had 2 small vans. Visited several sites of the film and our driver was a Hobbitt in the 2nd movie. They even provided us a picnic lunch near Rivendell. A rainy day, but great fun!

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