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Full Day Lord of The Rings

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Full Day Lord of The Rings

Strangers from distant lands, friends of old, you have been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor on a Full Day Lord Of The Rings Tour. Thus we will travel into Tolkien’s Middle-earth and discover the mystical lands that inspired the Lord of the Rings movies. Our local guides will transport you through magical lands and bring films to life with fascinating tales. 


  • Visit 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
  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
  • See spectacular views of Queenstown 
  • Gold pan in the Arrow River

The Safari of the Scenes full-day tour covers much ground to deliver the signature scenes shot around the Queenstown region.

Commencing at 8am, the tour first travels west to Glenorchy and Paradise before returning 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 cafes.

The morning tour travels along the Wakatipu Lake edge to the small hamlet of Glenorchy.

This portion is very scenic with many photo stops along the way and 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.

The afternoon section is more rugged with short periods of rough ground and river crossings.

The tour visits Gibbston Valley area, Arrowtown and the Skippers Canyon Road which is high and windy but with very dramatic scenery .

Short walks are on well-managed surfaces and the opportunity to pan for elven gold is beside the river on uneven ground.

Content of the tours includes the settings for The Ford of Bruinen, Gladden Fields, The Pillars of the Kings, the exodus from Edoras, Warg Battle, Misty Mountains, Ithilien Camp, Oliphants, Caradhras, Lothlorien, Fangorn, Gap of Rohan, Isengard, Dunharrow and many backgrounds to the scenes.

Join us! "Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas! "
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?
9.5 hours (1 hour for lunch).
Where will you pick up and drop off?
We will pick you up and drop you at any central accommodation or information centres.
Where will we have lunch?
A local café – Balls and Bangles, 62 Shotover St
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.
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.
LOTR Safaris Scenes
This was an amazing tour and very informative on some of the locations for the Lord of the Rings. Our tour guide, Justin, was excellent. He was funny and our little tour of five people had the best time. We got to dress up as hobbits and play with props from the movies. There was so much to see with beautiful scenery, babbling creeks, small waterfalls (it had rained a lot prior to our tour). We had a lovely morning tea at Chinamans Bluff. It was breathtaking. Thank you, Justin and Nomad Safaris for an unforgettable 50th birthday. -Deluwiel, Sydney, Australia via Trip Advisor
A Unique NZ adventure
Nomad's Safari of the scenes adventure around the Queenstown hinterland was a trip to remember. Don our very capable driver guided us through location scenes for Lord of the Rings with in-depth descriptions of set locations as well as taking us to spots inaccessible via our normal rental vehicles. Driving through Arrowtown river was a great highlight. The drive into the Skippers canyon wilderness was amazing. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to experience something unique to this part of New Zealand. And again a big thanks to Don our driver and guide. - Con M, North Parramatta, Australia via TripAdvisor


Tour Details


Adult $550   Child $280


9.5 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