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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour

By Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours
Recommended by 99% of travellers
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from
C$166.58
per adult
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C$166.58
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 5-100, max of 10 per group
Duration:4h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
Chinese, English

Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022

  • Free Delicious morning or afternoon picnic to satisfy a hungry hobbit!
  • Central Queenstown hotel pick up/ drop off
  • Umbrellas provided
  • Professional, friendly & local guides
  • Live Commentary
  • Optional Lord of the Rings costumes/ replica swords
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Exclusive access to the Arcadia Station Filming locations in the Paradise valley!
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Aspiring
  • Entry/Admission - Isengard Lookout


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Our main pick up location in central Queenstown is outside The Station Building Information Centre on the CAMP STREET side. Please meet us here if your accommodation is a short walk, due to traffic congestion in town. We can also pick up at some Queenstown central Hotels. Please email us with the name of your hotel :)
  • The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please wait outside the The Station Information Centre on the CAMP Street. please wait on the wooden benches and look out for your vehicle, they are white Toyota vans with Pure Glenorchy on the side.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 76369P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
How much is Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour price starts from C$161.47. Discover and book Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour cancellation policy?
Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour?
Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour is hosted by Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 76369P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Stop: 4 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Glenorchy Wharf
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Mount Aspiring
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Isengard Lookout
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Ryanclan2015
Ryanclan2015
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U shall not pass
Have done this once before years ago but this was way better. Joel our tour guide was fantastic value. Took us to s
TamLew1313
TamLew1313
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History lesson made enjoyable
Vicki was a top notch tour guide. Filled with so much knowledge, LOTR related and history related, it was such a ba
kodiakschears1996
kodiakschears1996
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An exclusive middle earth experience
The costumes!! Our guide was super knowledgeable and fun to be around. Would recommend this to anyone looking for s
IDMR_88
IDMR_88
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Really good :)
The stop off point and time spent at the Isengard location was really good. My guide Vicki was really friendly, dow
loular62
loular62
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The highlight of our Queenstown visit!
Really worthwhile! A fun and interesting half-day with fantastic scenery. Our guide was outstanding -- heaps of tha
betbot1505
betbot1505
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Lord of the WINS
Went on the 8th of October. Francesco was an AMAZING host. We learned facts about Queenstown and Glenorchy aswell a
426himanshuh
426himanshuh
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Amazing
Tour date: 16th September 2022 : 0800 hours Lord of the rings and Narnia locations well described and elaborated;
kaz67NewZealand
kaz67NewZealand
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Pure Glenorchy LOTR tour
Fantastic tour I’m not a lord of the rings fanatic but still enjoyed seeing areas in which they filmed different sc
VinnieK65
VinnieK65
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Lord of The Rings Tour
The tour was marvelous, our tour guide and driver Francesco did a great job explaining the various locations where
HelenMannerings
HelenMannerings
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Middle Earth Experience
Middle Earth Experience Fantastic journey from beginning to end. Joel is an amazing guide with lots of in-depth kno
daveontoast
daveontoast
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Exciting exploration of Middle Earth!
Joel was a fantastic tour guide, navigating us through the sometimes snowy paths to show us spectacular scenary as
ShaniRoss_327
ShaniRoss_327
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110% worth it!
What a superb trip and amazing tour guide Joel! He is super friendly, charismatic and very knowledgeable. We thorou
Roryogee
Roryogee
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Great day, amazing views and a good laugh
Great day rain or shine (mine was in the rain which made no difference to the tour), with Joel who is a great tour
Fossani11
Fossani11
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Paid for a tour, got a mate.
As Joel said, "it's just like being on a roadie with the boys." Great experience seeing all the places where Lord O
nickkia
nickkia
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Middle Earth Awesomeness
Utterly fantastic guided trip with Joel. His enthusiasm and knowledge was top rate. He made everyone on trip feel w
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Keith Pettit
2 contributions
Trip started at 13:30 with a choice of pickup points in Queenstown, dependant upon your hotel.

Journey to Middle Earth began by heading towards Glenorchy with a stop on the way to point out a series of filming locations.

Onwards to Glenorchy for a tea / coffee / snack break with a toilet break.

Heading into the depths of Middle Earth, with an unexpected stop to look at flowers…. Well, had to be done :-)

Arrived into an area where only Pure Glenorchy have access too see more filming spots for LOTR as well as other well known movies. Swords, clothing and Gandalf’s staff were available for people to don and have pictures taken

Joel gave an excellent commentary with pertinent facts along with enough comedy to keep the commentary sounding fresh (A difficult talent to master on a repetitive commentary)

Highly recommend this trip for any LOTR fan
Written November 17, 2022
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MINGDH
10 contributions
Oct. 2022
A fantastic tour with amazing scenic views, whether you are a fan of LoTR or not - the views along Glenorchy, Lake Wakatipu, Mount Aspiring etc were breathtaking. Our guide, Francesco, was very enthusiastic and improvised on the itinerary despite the intermittently rainy weather, and everyone on the tour had a great time.

LoTR fans would get many chances to re-enact various scenes in the movies, with the props and views. The extra touch with the snacks and refreshments at Glenorchy Wharf was a welcome break to soak in the views.
Written November 1, 2022
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dawnt731
2 contributions
Our guide, Amanda, provided such a warm and friendly experience on our tour. She took great care of my family with kids, who are big LOTR fans, on a drizzly and chilly morning. She shared, with much humour, info about the LOTR filming locations, as well as the local history, and flora and fauna. Costumes with awesome props were made available for us to pose for a memorable family photo. Thoroughly enjoyable - thanks!
Written December 2, 2022
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Aadi
Auckland Central, New Zealand50 contributions
Jun. 2022
Being a big LotR fan, I was super excited for this tour. Communication regarding hotel pickups and bookings was easy as. Joel our guide was an amazing guide and provided invaluable information about the area and local history. The drive to Glenorchy is spectacular and we made a couple of photo stops on the way as well.
We, unfortunately, din see any Oliphaunt's but had some pretty amazing views at the actual shooting locations.
Joel kindly provided a kiwi-style picnic brekkie at Glenorchy while soaking in some awesome scenery before making our way to Paradise valley.

Joel's company is the only organisation that has exclusive access to Paradise Valley. The Lothlorien forest was superb as well. Joel also had some pretty realistic props to capture the movie moments and was king enough to play Gandalf :P
For those who aren't LoTR fans, the entire scenery alone is worth taking this tour and Joel surely provides some awesome chit-chat along the way.

An absolute must-do!! :)
Written July 21, 2022
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Joel
1 contribution
May 2022
The Pure Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Tour was beyond amazing. If you are looking to do a Lord of the Rings tour in Queenstown, this is the one. Joel, our tour guide, was incredible. He was very entertaining and extremely friendly to all of us on the tour. He was full of knowledge and facts around the Lord of the Rings movies, other movies made in the areas visited and the history of Queenstown/Glenorchy. This is also the only tour with access to the specific sites the movies were filmed on, so a special experience be exactly where parts of the movies were filmed. It was a lot of fun being able to dress up in the costumes and have pictures taken, whilst also being treated to afternoon tea! (The apricot slice is delicious). Joel was also very helpful; offering to take pictures for us at each site as well as dropping us off in town so we could grab some dinner (with some great restaurant recommendations!) - thank you! I cannot recommend this tour enough! I will definitely be taking this tour again in the future :)
Written June 6, 2022
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Johnsky Jale
2 contributions
Oct. 2022
If you are a LOTR fanatic and want to see some of the scene locations in Queenstown then you might want to consider this tour.

Rick (Richard) is very good in delivering the tour with the thorough information of every location which corresponds to the LOTR scenes.

During the tour, we saw the wonderful views of Glenorchy and the town itself is so peaceful and quite and the people are friendly.
Written October 18, 2022
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Rugbyplaya_kent
Kent UK10 contributions
Jan. 2022
Everything to be honest from the time I booked the tour to the when it ended.

Contacted Kate to make the booking which was completed fast and with good humor, Kate is really on to it and made it easy with clear instructions and then an email confirmation.

Joel was our guide for the day and collected me from my hotel and then we collected the rest our the group. Joel is a really bubbly and friendly guy also knows his stuff. Really enjoyed how he interacted with us all and you could see he wanted to give us the best time ever (which he did)

We saw some stunning scenery and Joel gave us lots of information around filming locations and took us to the best spots to get photos etc. I would highly rate this trip as I learnt so much and really got the opportunity to experience some of the best places in Queenstown and close by.

Don't waste time shopping around book these guys and get amongst it Joel and Kate will look after you very well. This is a quality local Kiwi family business that does everything extremely well they walk the walk and talk the talk.

:)
Written January 14, 2022
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Mark
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
Joel is a great character who made the trip extremely enjoyable, he has excellent knowledge of the area and knows the filming locations inside and out.

Some of the best scenery I have ever seen in my life. The whole family really enjoyed the day out.

Throughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to everyone even those not into LOTR.
Written January 12, 2022
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Rachael C
Queenstown, New Zealand80 contributions
I would highly recommend this tour for both lotr fans as well as people who just want to see Glenorchy. Joel was an excellent driver and guide. He provided so much information about the scenery and the lotr scenes. He shows you photos of the movie scene and points out the actual mountains in the background etc so you can really see that’s where the scene was shot. He also took us to a location where Pure Glenorchy has the only access! You get the opportunity to dress up as well which was super fun. I was very grateful for the hot cup of coffee provided as it had been raining a wee bit that day. I highly recommend this tour to anyone (lotr fan or not) !!
Written June 11, 2022
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이유안
1 contribution
Dec. 2019
I am writing yet another review here because I was not able to find a reply button to your comment on Bookme.

No, I was not late on the day of the tour. In fact, I was there five minutes earlier than our pick-up time and the guide even thanked us (me and the Taiwanese family) for being on time and making his job easier. My pick-up site was Shotover Steet and it was the very first pick up place so I made sure I got there early. I also did not wander around during the picnic and make everybody wait. I do not even know how you came up with that idea. I am not that kind of a person and I was always around the group during the group activity. This is truly outrageous.

Just because I left a negative feedback, it does not mean that you can write a comment full of lies. I am beginning to wonder if this is how you respond to all of your below 5* feedback. If you do remember me as clearly as you think, I am the one who carried an action camera around the whole day. I recorded everything with timestamp, including me saying hi to you “before” the scheduled meeting time and me being the first one to board the van after the picnic. And let’s just say that I was that extremely obnoxious tourist who had no sense of time as you were so subtlety trying to imply in your comment. Does that really justify your manners and how I felt for the entire duration of the trip?

Finally, the only reason I decided to leave a review two months after the trip is because I saw the e-mail from Bookme late. I left all of my other tour reviews only last week as well, but thanks for your concern.

You are right. You are No. 1 Glenorchy tour company, and that’s why I chose your tour, but it is also exactly the reason I believe that everyone else deserves to know what happened to “some” of the people who did not quite enjoy it.
Written February 21, 2020
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