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.
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: 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!
Reviewer: Wendy Lam
If you are a Lord of the Rings movie fan, you'd love this tour. Use your imagination to see how the movie set was done. Movie clips were shown on the van to help attendees picture the set. Interesting tour
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.