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Glenorchy Lord of the Rings

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Glenorchy Lord of the Rings

A Glenorchy 4WD safari packed with breathtaking Lord Of The Rings filming locations and thrilling 4WD action. Along this magical journey, we will travel along one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. As a result, there are stunning vistas and panoramic views of the Southern Alps. As well as visiting the filming locations for Isengard we will also discover the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien & Fanghorn forest, Battle of Amon Hen and many more.


  • See filming locations from LOTR, 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
  • Visit Paradise Forest - the Forest of Middle-earth

For true Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you there and back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognisable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints.

The route from Glenorchy follows the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and heading towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

The Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Hobbit
Will I see sets from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit?
No. As part of gaining permission to film in the spectacular locations, the producers were required to dismantle all sets except for Hobbiton.  We specialise in showing you where specific scenes were filmed.  Many of the movie locations are recognisable on our trips and your guide will give you insights into the stories behind them.
How long is the trip?
4¼ hours.
Where will you pick up and drop off?
We will pick you up and drop you at any central accommodation or information centres.
Can I do 2 trips in one day?
Yes – we will drop you off after the morning trip to have lunch and collect you at 1.30pm for the afternoon tour.
Is any walking involved?
Our Glenorchy trips include an easy 15 minute (return) nature walk to a LOTR scene over a formed trail.  Clients have the option of staying in or near the vehicle if they wish at any of the stops on any of our tours.
What type of vehicles do you use? 6 seater 4WD Land Rover or Land Cruiser.
Which trip contains the most LOTR scenes? If your main focus is to see as much LOTR scenes as possible we recommend our Glenorchy Lord of The Rings tour. This trip heading to Glenorchy on a very scenic drive and end up in Paradise Valley, where LOTR and other movies were filmed. Queenstown Lord of The Rings (Safari of the Scenes) offers a good mixture out of LOTR, scenery and gold panning history.
What are your child rates/ Child ages?
We do have child rates available. Infants (0-3 years) travel for free and children (4-14 years) travel at a discounted price.
“Fabulous Lord of the Rings tour”
Great tour to the site of many Lord of the Rings sites. Even without the movie part the scenery is absolutely spectacular!! Our tour guide Michelle was so friendly and helpful - a true Lord of the Rings diehard fan. She answered so many questions even when they were only partly related to the movie! So many interesting facts! Even if you're not a fan, go and see the scenery and hear some of the geological facts of the area. Love this tour, thank you!
~ Alvin TM, Sydney, Australia  
“A LOTR outing in Paradise”
We had Badger as our guide when we signed up for the LOTR Paradise half day tour option. Friendly and knowledgeable, he did an excellent job of filling us in on LOTR trivia as we made our way there. We had fun striking various poses with our swords and tea time in the forest at Paradise. Inspired, we were thrilled to purchase our copy of the trilogy immediately upon returning from the tour. Thank you for making our day!
~ Janice N  
“Fantastic LOTR Tour!”
Had a fantastic Glenorchy Lord of the Rings tour, our tour guide Michelle was great - very nice and knew heaps about the movies and the country, told fun background stories and showed us the exact places where the movies were shot providing original photos. Dressing up and taking pictures with the swords was fun and the scenery is just breathtaking! Would recommend it to anyone who's into LOTR :)
~ Helena P


Tour Details


Adult $270   Child $135


4.25 hours. If your preferred date and time are unavailable, please feel free to contact us.

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Nomad Safaris – The Professional Adventurers
Nomad Safaris – The Professional Adventurers
Nomad Safaris – The Professional Adventurers
Nomad Safaris – The Professional Adventurers