LOTR & Hobbit Tours

Ever since the first The Lord of the Rings movie was released in 2001, New Zealand has been known as the 'Home of Middle-earth'.

New Zealand’s dramatic scenery - golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys - plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. More than 150 locations throughout the country were used to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy.  Many activities and attractions offer the chance to see the film locations for yourself.

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For The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit trilogy enthusiast

below is a list of other operators, listed North to South.

  • Red Carpet Tours

    The original Lord of the Rings tour company, operational since 2001. Red Carpet Tours are built around, for and by fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. The aim is to bring people from all over the world to experience the fellowship of a shared journey to the breathtaking landscapes that we have all come to know and identify with.

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  • Weta Studio Tours- Wellington

    Weta Studio Tours is your gateway to immersive filmmaking experiences in Wellington, New Zealand. It’s where you can take a journey from Middle-earth to Tracy Island and beyond, pick up incredible collectibles from your favourite films, snap a selfie with a life-sized Hobbit troll, and watch our free short documentary about the history of Weta’s creativity on the Miramar Peninsula.

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  • Hairy Feet- Waitomo

    Daily tours run at this film location, where several pivotal scenes were filmed for "The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey" all based around the troll camp fire scenes (Trollshaws Forest).

    Stand in the exact spot where Gandalf bestows 'Sting' upon Bilbo, all while enjoying being on a beautiful New Zealand working farm.

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  • Tongariro Crossing- Adrift Guided Adventures

    Guided walks to 'Mordor'. Adrift Guided Adventure guides will talk and show you all things relevant to Tongariro and New Zealand including recent and past eruptions, geology, flora and fauna discovery and settlement of NZ myths and legends and last but not least The Lord of the Rings filming sites included and not included in the trilogy.

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  • Adventure Safari Ltd- Wellington

    Since 2005, Wellington Movie Tours have entertained thousands of The Lord of the Rings and local movie industry fans. The tours have also proven popular with those simply wanting to see the sights of Wellington region.

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  • Hassle Free Tours- Christchurch

    Join Hassle Free Tours on the The Lord of the Rings Tour and journey to the LOTR filming location: remote and beautiful Mt Potts High Country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air.

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  • Nomad Safaris- Queenstown

    Nomad Safaris offer small, personalised tours into the New Zealand backcountry, exploring historic gold mining areas and a selection of filming locations used in The Lord of The Rings and other movies. Nomad Safaris has been operating for over 25 years and over that time has built up a fleet of 16 true off road vehicles, including Land Rover Defenders and Toyota Land Cruisers, making it the largest commercial fleet of Land Rover vehicles in New Zealand. 

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  • Dart Stables- Queenstown

    Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand's three World Heritage Areas. Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and natural, untouched qualities, it has been showcased in the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as other big screen movies and is home to Dart Stables.

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