Lord of the Rings Tours

New Zealand film director Sir Peter Jackson’s famous movie trilogies based on JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit put New Zealand’s incredible scenery on display for millions of movie-goers around the world. Thousands of visitors still flock each year to Lord of the Rings filming locations around the country. From the natural scenery of the Kawarau Gorge that was transformed into the ‘Pillars of the Kings’, to the man-made Hobbiton Movie Set in the Waikato region, you can still experience these impressive sights.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of movie history – see these famous Middle-earth locations for yourself!

Read about the history of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

18 Day Tours to experience

MUST-SEE
Visit the home of hobbits and glowworms on a magical full day tour from Auckland.
  • 11 hours
  • Full Day Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
  • Includes lunch
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour

from $378 NZD

Discover the real Middle-earth with a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, made famous on the silver screen.
  • 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Half day tour
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set

from $125 NZD

Put yourself in the frame with a tour of Lord of the Rings film set locations including Edoras and Helm's Deep.
  • 9 hours 00 minutes
  • Exciting four-wheel drive adventure
  • Misty Mountains and Helm's Deep filming locations
  • Stand on the summit of 'Edoras'
  • Easy Cancellation

from $299 NZD

Take a trip into the world of the silver screen with a visit to the famous Weta Workshop, where movie magic is made.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Half Day Tour
  • Behind the Silver Screen

from $68 NZD

Travel from Auckland to Rotorua, taking in the Hobbiton Movie Set and the amazing Waitomo Caves.
  • 10 hours 10 minutes
  • Hobbiton guided tour and lunch
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $358 NZD

COMBO
See the best of Auckland city, then venture south into a land of twinkling glowworms and movie magic.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland City Sights half-day tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

from $383 NZD

See how the Lord of the Rings and other films were created on this exciting half-day tour.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Half Day Tour
  • Includes exclusive film

from $68 NZD

Get up close to Māori culture and New Zealand's natural wonders, then take a journey into Middle-earth all in one day!
  • 12 hours 45 minutes
  • Full Day Tour
  • Māori Culture & Geothermal Activity
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

from $321 NZD

Travel from Rotorua across mountain ranges to the Hobbiton Movie Set and see locations from the epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • See Hobbit hole, the Green Dragon Inn and more
  • Easy Cancellation and Refund

from $125 NZD

MUST-SEE
See what makes Rotorua famous: Māori culture, geothermal activity, native animals, and rural life – then escape the real world for a trip to magical Hobbiton.
  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Full day tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Agrodome sheep show

from $289 NZD

See how movie magic is made with a guided tour of Weta Workshop's creative process
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Half Day Tour
  • See artists at work

from $68 NZD

Go behind the scenes with a tour of the world famous Weta Workshop in Wellington.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Half Day Tour
  • See props from famous films

from $68 NZD

MUST-SEE
Travel up the South Island and through the Southern Alps to stand at the foot of Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.
  • 11 hours 50 minutes
  • Mount Cook scenery
  • Glacier lake views

from $290 NZD

MUST-SEE
See the Southern Alps in all their glory on this full day tour to Aoraki / Mount Cook from Queenstown.
  • 11 hours
  • Full Day Tour
  • Multilingual Commentary

from $233 NZD

COMBO
Cruise with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands, then venture underground in Waitomo and see the home of the hobbits on this two-day tour combo.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Tour of Waitomo Caves

from $473 NZD

Experience the grandeur of New Zealand's highest mountain on a day tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook, ending in Queenstown.
  • 11 hours
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Lake Tekapo

from $327 NZD

Escape into the wild on a jet boat safari, walk through ancient forest and marvel at the astounding mountain views made famous by the Lord of the Rings films.
  • 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Jet boat ride, forest walk & 4WD tour

from $259 NZD

Find out why Queenstown is famous for adventure, great food and wine and stunning scenery on a half-day tour of its highlights.
  • 3 hours
  • City Sightseeing
  • Lord of the Rings Scenery

from $100 NZD

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 hours in advance of your tour experience.