HALF DAY MIDDLE EARTH TOUR:
CITY LOCATIONS AND WETA CAVE
CITY LOCATIONS AND WETA CAVE
Our Half day Lord of the Rings location tour brings the best locations in Wellington City. This is the best way to see Wellington’s Lord of the Rings locations in half a day with the experience of our knowledgeable Lord of the Rings specialist guides.
There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City. We start by heading down Courtenay Place, the nightlife centre of Wellington. This is where we find the Embassy Movie theatre where they had the world premier of LOTR: Return of the King and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. See where the stars walked & 100,000 people gathered to watch
Then it’s up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City & Harbor we drive down to the ‘Green Belt’. Here we leave the vehicle and walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. We visit many different scenes here including “Shortcut to Mushrooms”, ” Get off the Road”, “Race to the Ferry”, “Dunharrow Plateau” and more.
For the second part of the tour, it’s off to ‘Wellywood’ the heart of the Wellington Film industry. We drive out to the suburb of Mirimar where Peter Jackson & Weta NZ Have put thie film studios & post production facilities. We stop at the Weta Cave and visit the brand new ‘Windows into Workshop’ exhibition. This is a guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then we see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. After time to allow you to see the mini-museum & souvenir shop we take you back to the city.
This is a great tour for people who only have a short time in Wellington and want to get the most out of their time here.
HALF DAY MIDDLE-EARTH TOUR:
Enjoy a wonderful half day film locations experience with your own expert guide. The tours run in both the morning and afternoon; includes pick-up and drop-off from your local accommodation and morning or afternoon tea. This is a locations only Half Day tour that includes the sites around Wellington City as well as the Hutt Valley.
In a small group, we head out to the Valley to explore the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the River Anduin where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen; the Gardens of Isengard, where Gandalf rode to see Saruman and the site of the orcs felling the trees; see the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor
Then back to the City to visit the Mount Victoria lookout and Buckland Forest where you can take a ‘shortcut to mushrooms’, ‘get off the road’ and hide where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders before taking a run to the Buckleberry Ferry and discovering Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment along the way.
For the LOTR fan or anyone interested in getting off the beaten path to see some of the wonderful scenery we have around Wellington.
MIDDLE EARTH TOUR:
This Lord of the Rings tour is a full day and our most popular tour, it visits all of the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the River Anduin where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen; the river where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs; the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman; go to the Mount Victoria lookout and Buckland Forest where you can race to the Buckleberry Ferry and “Get off the Road”, where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the Road; Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor.
You will enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the region’s leading restaurants.
You will be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien – the majestic Fernside Lodge. This private garden is exclusively accessible with Flat Earth Tours. In the year 2000 Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and also the Gladden fields. You will see where Smeagol and Deagol fought for the Ring right at the lake-side. Fernside’s white bridge is a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Fernside today remains a magical place and a must do for any Lord of the Rings fan.
This tour also visits the district of Miramar. Miramar is production central and the home of Peter Jackson and many of the cast and crew. You will also visit the Weta Cave for unique souvenirs and an exclusive video of behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop. Weta Cave is Wellington’s premiere Lord of the Rings venue. But it is much, much more. It is a place for everyone, screening the first ever behind the scenes look at Weta and an insight into the creativity that goes into crafting the art that is Weta. At the specially built Weta Cave theatrette you can see interviews with co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.
The wonder of the film locations, the exhilaration of helicopter transport and the satisfaction of fine food in a great atmosphere all in one tour.
Experience the film locations of the Middle Earth Film Locations tour and take an exciting helicopter ride. The helicopter will take you over Wellington and the Hutt Valley and on into the Wairarapa to see the amazing and remote Putangirua limestone pinnacles. Putangirua is the film location for Dimholt Road, where it takes little imagination to feel the presence of the Army of the Dead. The helicopter will then bring you back via the South Coast of the Wairarapa and land at Cape Palliser, weather permitting.
The tour also includes all the locations from the Middle Earth Full Day tour with a visit to the locations used for the Shire where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith. Be spellbound at Fernside in 2000 Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and then to the Gladden Fields. Fernside’s white bridge remains as a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Flat Earth is the only tour operator with access to Fernside. Explore Rivendell and the riverside spot where Aragorn was washed ashore. We also visit Miramar, home to the production studios and to many of the stars while they were filming and Weta Cave with souvenirs and a virtual tour of Weta Workshop.
Cost for this tour can vary depending on number of people. The helicopter ride lasts 45~60 mins.