Lord of the Rings Full-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 Full-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown. The Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the King, Isengard, Lothlórien Forest 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 260 per person

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Highlights

  • 4WD off-road adventure in a 6-seater Toyota Land Cruiser or a Land Rover Defender
  • Visit filming locations from The Lord of the Ring, The Hobbit, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and others
  • Bring the films to life – dress up and take photos in our replica props
  • 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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The Lord of the Rings Full-Day 4WD Safari from Queenstown covers much ground to deliver the signature scenes shot around the Queenstown region. Commencing at 8:00 am, the tour first travels west to Glenorchy and Paradise. We’ll return to Queenstown for lunch followed by Arrowtown and Gibbston before finishing in Skippers Canyon.

Refreshments of tea, coffee, hot chocolate accompanied by biscuits and cake are served both morning and afternoon and a light lunch is supplied in one of the Queenstown cafés.

Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Sword
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Sword

The morning tour takes you on a scenic drive with many photo stops along the Wakatipu Lake to the small hamlet of Glenorchy. In the Paradise region of Mount Aspiring National Park, short walks on flat forest track are easy and the road is a mixture of seal and gravel.

On this part of the tour, we’ll visit filming locations including the Ithilien Camp, Oliphaunts, Caradhras, Lothlórien Forest, the Gap of Rohan, Isengard, Dunharrow and many backgrounds to the scenes.

The afternoon section is more rugged with short periods of rough ground and river crossings.  The tour visits Gibbston and Arrowtown and the Skippers Canyon Road which is high and windy. Short walks are on well-managed surfaces and the opportunity to pan for gold is beside the river on uneven ground.

On this section of the tour, you’ll discover where the Ford of Bruinen, the Gladden Fields, the Pillars of the Kings, the Exodus from Edoras, the Ambush of the Wargs and the Misty Mountains were filmed.

Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Morning Tea
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Morning Tea

The Lord of the Rings Full-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 (10)

3. Glenorchy

Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Red Shed
Lord of the Rings Glenorchy Safari: Red Shed

10. 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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