Wellington: Half-Day Lord of the Rings Locations Tour

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Embark on a tour of the Lord of the Rings filming locations in Wellington. Visit the Mount Victoria Lookout, the Hobbiton Woods, and the Weta Workshop in Miramar.

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  • See the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in Wellington
  • Visit the Weta Workshop in Miramar and see how props and weaponry are made
  • Take a photo with Gollum, Lurtz the Uruk-hai, Bilbo’s three Trolls, and more
  • Drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre, the home of two movie premieres
  • Stop at the Mount Victoria Lookout and take in the views of the city and harbor


Begin the tour with a visit to the Mount Victoria Lookout, offering spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbor. The journey continues through Courtenay Place, past the Embassy Picture Theatre, renowned for hosting the world premieres of 'The Return of the King' (2003) and 'An Unexpected Journey' (2012). Descend Mount Victoria to the Hobbiton Woods, where pivotal scenes from the epic trilogy were filmed. This area includes iconic locations like the Shortcut to Mushrooms, Sam & Frodo’s Second Breakfast, the Black Rider hiding spot (“Get off the Road!”), the Race to the Buckleberry Ferry, and King Théoden’s Dunharrow Encampment. Next, head to the Weta Workshop in Miramar for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Witness the creation of props and weaponry, and potentially meet artists at work. At the Weta Cave, purchase unique souvenirs and take photos with lifelike characters such as Gollum, Lurtz the Uruk-hai, Bilbo’s three Trolls, and more. The tour concludes with another drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre, home to the premieres of 'Return of the King' and 'The Unexpected Journey'.


Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Weta Workshop Entry to Weta Workshop Photo opportunities with movie characters and props Drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre Visit to filming locations on Mount Victoria Views from the Mount Victoria Lookout

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