Lord of the Rings Half-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown

Visit some of the most stunning filming locations featured in the Lord of the Rings movies as you embark on the Lord of the Rings Half-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown. The Misty Mountains, the Argonath, the Ford of Bruinen and the Gladden Fields are just a handful of the scenes you’ll experience along the way.

This is an adventure safari packed with breathtaking Lord of the Rings filming locations and thrilling 4WD action. Our guides will rediscover the magic of Tolkien’s Middle-earth and bring it to life with rare facts and thrilling tales.

From 130 per person

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Highlights

  • 4WD off-road adventure in a 6-seater Toyota Land Cruiser or a Land Rover Defender
  • Visit the Misty Mountains, the Battle of the Wargs scenes, the Pillars of the Kings, the Ford of Bruinen, the Gladden Fields and our Road to Mordor
  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
  • See spectacular views over Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin
  • River crossing & gold panning in the Arrow River

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Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Skippers Canyon Lighthouse Rock
Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Skippers Canyon Lighthouse Rock

The Lord of the Rings Half-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown takes you to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies, including the Misty Mountains. We’ll drive way up Queenstown Hill in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. From there you will witness fantastic views looking onto Deer Park Heights. This filming location was used to capture the Battle of the Wargs and the Refugees of Rohan scenes.

After the picturesque views from Queenstown Hill, we’ll continue to the Kawarau Gorge where the Argonath (Pillars of the Kings) scene was filmed. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot.

Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, you will cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point, you can indulge in morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Gold Panning
Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Gold Panning

The Lord of the Rings Half-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown will draw to a close as you depart Arrowtown to travel to Skipper’s Canyon and experience incredible views of the Wakatipu Basin and into the Canyon. Here you will see natural beauty, offering fantastic opportunities to capture some photos.

Locations (5)

5. Skippers Road

Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Skippers Canyon Heaven's Gate
Lord of the Rings Queenstown Safari: Skippers Canyon Heaven's Gate

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