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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour

By Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours
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Ages 5-100, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
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  • A light morning or afternoon tea , with cake, biscuits and hot tea & coffee
  • 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
  • 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


Start:
  • 43 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    1:30pm DEPARTING TIME: ARRIVE ON TIME THANK YOU!! Please wait outside the The Station Information Centre on CAMP Street - down from Marmolada Cafe (43 Camp St) please wait on the wooden benches and look out for your vehicle, they are Toyota vans with Pure Glenorchy on the side.
Pickup details
  • DEPARTURE is at 7:55am & 1:30pm SHARP NB : We dont offer pick ups from Frankton Hotels, unless private group booking. MAIN DEPARTURE LOCATION is in Queenstown: Outside The Station Information Centre on the CAMP STREET side. Just down from Cafe Marmalade 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 :)
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • 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 tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
      • 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.

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      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

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      Itinerary
      • You'll start at
        43 Camp Street
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
        Stop: 4 hours
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      • 2
        Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track
        Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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      • 3
        Glenorchy Wharf
        Stop: 30 minutes
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      • 4
        Mount Aspiring
        Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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      • 5
        Isengard Lookout
        Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours
        1,164
        Queenstown, New Zealand
        Joined in June 2010
      • Navigate50172609358
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        Best Lotr tour in NZ
        From the moment we boarded this tour I was impressed!!! Within minutes we had left Queesntown and our guide Vicky’s commentary was on amazing discussing all thing related to the filming of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. I’m a huge fan and thought I knew everything about these movies but I was wrong these guys know their stuff and even when I came home and googles the information they were spot on. The filming locations we visited in this 4hr tour were some of the most beautiful spots I’d visited in the South Island. This company has exclusive access to Arcadia Station in the Paradise valley were you get to stand at the exact locations they built the set for Beorns house from the Hobbit and Isengard from the Lotr plus many other movies, this was by far my favourite filming location we visited on the tour. When you are at this private property you actually get to see all the other lotr tours parked about 2kms away only wishing they were at this spot, you definitely feel privileged to be in this tour. This tour is amazing value on all aspects and I feel is the best tour to choose if you are into learning about Middle Earth, nature, history and the filmmaking that has taken place in the area. 10/10 Pure Glenorchy.!!!!
        Written January 23, 2024
      • Lonnie L
        0 contributions
        Rainy day but still nice
        Nice tour. Would have been better if it wasn’t raining. But was able to see many filming locations and the drive through the amazing countryside was great.
        Written January 19, 2024
      • thaisfuncia
        0 contributions
        Great tour
        We did the tour with Solomon and he was simple amazing. Real passionate about it all, took us around all the location and showed and explained it all. Great sound track and capela!! Thank you.
        Written January 10, 2024
      • Glenn S
        0 contributions
        Fascinating and beautiful New Zealand LITR scenery tour
        Our tour guide Vicky really brought this tour to life because she was able to explain some behind the scenes info about the movie making. Even if we weren't crazy fans of the books and the movies (we are) this would still be great just for the beautiful scenery and interesting descriptions of the mountains, trees, and lakes. The costume and sword picture-taking session in the woods of "Lothlorian" was more fun than I expected it to be. Vicky was able to hold our interest the whole time with stories and descriptions of how the movie used the beautiful geology of New Zealand to create Middle Earth. This company also had access to some private land for the tour which makes it quite unique. I would highly recommend this tour company.
        Written December 18, 2023
      • Kaitlin A
        0 contributions
        Excellent LOTR tour
        Awesome tour! Francesco was a fantastic guide, and a true Tolkien fan. Pure Glenorchy gets exclusive access to a farm with an INCREDIBLE view and a Hobbit filming location. Had a blast dressing up and swinging swords in Lothlorien!
        Written December 18, 2023
      • DKBrashear
        0 contributions
        Shane really makes this LOTR tour, amazing!
        Our guide, Shane really made this tour so interesting and fun. He knew all the great tidbits that you don’t typically hear about, was warm, friendly and funny. He took us to where Frodo/Sam/Gollum saw the Oliphaunts, to Isengard, and to the forest where Boromir met his fate. We got to dress up in character. The drive was spectacular. Especially as you get closer to the southern alps in Mount Aspiring. I highly recommend this tour and count yourself lucky if you get Shane as your guide.
        Written December 8, 2023
      • Patrick S
        0 contributions
        Beautiful views of southern alps/New Zealand countryside
        Overall great experience and great weather. The guide Tammy took us from Queenstown to mt cook, she did a great job guiding us and giving us tour information, plus had a great choice in music! Shane also guided us from mt cook to Christchurch in a timely manner, he taught us much about the geology of the region including how the rock flour is what contributes to the blue color of lake tekapo. He also guided us in a timely manner and kept level headed, especially due to issues we had with the vehicle stalling and due to a personal event he had so kudos! Overall very happy with the tour and both guides. My only comment is would it be possible to extend the tour duration 0.5- 1 hour longer? The walk at mt cook is beautiful and takes 3 hours to walk to and from. We had 3 hours to complete this, so I think building in that 0.5-1 hour into that stop would help allow us to walk at a slightly more leisurely pace. We were able to complete the walk and it was manageable, but we had to walk at a faster pace and only stopped briefly at the viewpoint to take pictures.
        Written November 21, 2023
      • ronald0488
        0 contributions
        Great LOTR tour, also without being a enthusiastic fan.
        Really good tour. Guide was really knowledgeable (not only over lotr but also other movies, nature, birds.,,,). Options for cosplay photos (swords, axe and costume are available)
        Written November 1, 2023
      • Chris O
        0 contributions
        Loved it!
        We just got off this tour. Amazing! Shane was super knowledgeable about Lord of the Rings as well as the fauna, geography, and culture of New Zealand in general and the Queenstown area in particular. We visited multiple LOTR filming locations and Shane had still shots from the films to help us visualize how the scenery related to the films. A definite must do.
        Written October 31, 2023
      • Passport24322192203
        0 contributions
        A must do in Queenstown
        Terrific tour, Vicky, our guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Outstanding value for money, plus dress up as Aragorn/Frodo/Gandalf/Legolas or Arwen
        Written October 28, 2023
      • Sheryl G
        0 contributions
        A fun experience
        We had a wonderful morning with Francesco touring LOTR scenes. The beautiful countryside and the information we were given made for an entertaining few hours. Thank you.
        Written October 21, 2023
      • Passenger66507756529
        0 contributions
        Amazing and unforgettable views!
        Amazing and fun tour with very spectacular views and kind tour guide! You get a lot of infos about LOTR and other interesting New Zealand facts.
        Written October 11, 2023
      • bf45ie
        0 contributions
        Poh-Tay-Toes
        Dan, our guide, was knowledgable, friendly, kind, and funny. Really kept on top of making sure everyone was well looked after. Plenty of stops at locations and services, and the the time we were in the van passed quickly, with Dan giving us lots of information and stories about what we were seeing. Lots of props and costumes to enhance photos and the day, but absolutely no pressure to use them if you don’t want.
        Written October 7, 2023
      • SansuF
        0 contributions
        Great LOTR tour in Glenorchy
        We visited plenty of of LOTR movie locations and Shane also pointed out the locations for some of other movies like Wolverine Xmen, Mission Impossible, etc. best part is we get to dress up and take pictures in the Lothlorien forest. Thanks Shane for the wonderful experience and for geeking/nerding with us fans of LOTR. Lovely company too meeting the other 2 guests from Melbourne.
        Written October 4, 2023
      • Inwe0930
        0 contributions
        Journey to Middle Earth
        Our tour guide, Shane, possesses an exceptional knowledge of 'The Lord of the Rings.' As avid movie fans, it's a pure joy to listen to his insights and explore the filming locations with him. The cherry on top was the opportunity to dress up and pose with replica weapons for photos. I recommend Pure Glenorchy for its scenic, fun, and adventurous tours. Glenorchy truly offers one of the most beautiful scenic routes in New Zealand.
        Written October 4, 2023
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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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      Kathy O
      Victoria, Australia29 contributions
      Mar 2020 • Couples
      Like previous reviews have said, this tour is great whether you are or are not a LOTR fan. Ben was a terrific guide. The scenery is beautiful the info on fauna, the gold prospecting, and general history of the region very interesting. The chance to allow everyone’s inner child to emerge for 15 mins or so, in LOTR costumes, to play act is such fun. If you don’t want to act yourself, there will be others who will amuse you highly with their antics! Those who have seen Top Of The Lake and Wolverine will also appreciate sites you will recognise. The homemade morning tea is a nice touch. Thanks Ben for a great morning
      Written March 12, 2020
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      Colin L
      Doncaster, UK277 contributions
      We booked this tour as it was recommended by the staff at iSight - the tourist info’ place. The recommendation was more than justified. Our guide and driver was Dan, who was very knowledgable and informative not only about the LOR element, but about other movies, flora, fauna and geography/ geology. The weather was great, which always helps on a tour of this nature, but we had a great time and would recommend this trip to others.
      Written March 14, 2023
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      Catfriend
      4 contributions
      Mar 2020
      Thanks Joel! This tour was the highlight of our time in Queenstown! The tour was jam packed with great LOTR's locations, breathtaking photo opportunities and some delicious snacks in Glenorchy. My girlfriend is a die hard LOTR's fan and thoroughly enjoyed Joel's LOTR's anecdotes during the tour. I myself have only seen a couple of the movies and was blown away by the incredible scenery that Glenorchy and 'Paradise' had to offer. All in all a wonderful morning!
      Written April 7, 2020
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      Oh wow, thanks for your great review Ben You do get bang for your buck with our tour. A lot in a half day. We try to delight everyone - LOTR diehards or not. Thanks for choosing Pure Glenorchy Regards, Kate
      Written June 18, 2020
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      Rose
      5 contributions
      Aug 2020
      When I was searching for tours to Glenorchy, a month before our trip to Queenstown, I already saw this but hesitated to book as I thought it is a bit expensive. I booked it last minute. Guess what? it was all worth it! Joel is a fun and friendly tour guide. The scenic views are surreal! Even if you are not a big fan of LOTR, you will still enjoy the tour. You will want to watch LOTR again or if you haven't seen it yet, you will want to watch it after the tour.
      Written August 7, 2020
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      Thanks so much for choosing Pure Glenorchy for your Glenorchy & Middle Earth experience. We are a small family run operation so thanks for supporting local. :) We are So glad you had a great time out with Joel. All the best for the rest of 2020.. Kate
      Written August 9, 2020
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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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      Leah
      Auckland, New Zealand47 contributions
      I had an impromptu tour in Queenstown and glad to found Pure Glenorchy as most of the LOTR tours only runs in the afternoon. Kate (who processed my booking) and Joe (our tour guide) were so warm and accomodating.

      Tour was not just about LOTR but Joe also discussed some history and details on each places that we’ve went to.

      So happy to be on the exact same place where the movie was filmed with few behind the scenes info. It’s really worth the price! I think they are the only ones who do the 4hr tour and the others are just 2hrs that’s why it’s really worth it.
      Written January 10, 2021
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      JenD-NZ
      Hamilton, New Zealand13 contributions
      Apr 2021
      Had an awesome tour with Joel. Although the weather was not the greatest (very rainy), we had a wonderful time and loved every moment of it! Joel was very knowledgeable and had access to filming locations other groups don't, and those spots have spectacular views. It's really awesome when he points out a filming location and that fantastic moment of 'oh yeah!' when you remember it (and if you don't, he has photos to help jog your memory, or show you if you've not seen the film). I highly recommend this tour - you don't need to be a fan of the movies to enjoy it, the locations are beautiful. Great fun, hope I can do it again in the next year or two!
      Written April 18, 2021
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      Lucy
      Newcastle upon Tyne, UK13 contributions
      Mar 2020
      This was a brilliant small group tour of some lovely filming locations; Lothlorien, Isengard and Ithillien. We also visited the beautiful peaceful town of Glenorchy. Our tour guide was great, very friendly and knowledgeable about the filming of the movies. The afternoon tea and snacks provided in Glenrochy were nice. We took some amazing photos with replica swords in the woods of Lothlorien / aka Mount Aspiring National park. The forest is beautiful, I can see why it was chosen for Lothlorien. With the Isengard scenes, I could picture Orthanc with the mountains in the background. I would recommend this tour to Lord of the Rings fans visiting the area, and even non fans would enjoy the spectacular and beautiful scenery.
      Written March 30, 2020
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      Cicakchuip
      Singapore26 contributions
      Ben was our very cheerful & considerate guide; constantly falling back to check on my elderly parents during the walks. He was also a careful driver & got us to most of the sights, in spite of the massive flooding which had occured a couple of days before. The scenery was awesome - even for my parents who were not familiar with LOTR! The vehicle we sat in was comfortable & clean & the afternoon tea snacks were a nice touch. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves immensely as the weather that afternoon was also pleasantly sunny.
      Written March 14, 2020
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