From North Island attractions such as the Hobbiton movie set to the sweeping countryside around Queenstown on the South Island, there are Lord of the Rings filming locations across New Zealand, and Wellington is no exception. Here are options for exploring Lord of the Rings sites in and around Wellington.
Wellington Movie Tours
Lord of the Rings fans can step into Middle Earth on a full-day tour of Wellington’s most memorable filming locations, without worrying about arranging transportation. Admire views of the Hutt Valley and the Greenbelt, seen on-screen as Rivendell; see iconic sites such as Helms Deep, Minas Tirith, and Isengard; and visit the Embassy Movie Theatre, where the stars walked the red carpet for the world premieres of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group or private tour, and enjoy extra attention from your tour guide.
Weta Workshop Tours
Discover the secrets behind the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit movies, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, and more, on a guided tour of Wellington’s Weta Studios. Learn how the Oscar award-winning props and special effects were created during a thrilling Weta Cave Workshop, or opt for a private tour, which gives you rare access to the Park Road Post Production facility and the Weta Workshop’s boardroom. Some tours include round-trip transportation from Wellington.