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Travel to New Zealand’s high country for a 4WD tour and expert commentary of the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cross crystalline rivers and learn about the area's gold-mining history while trying your hand at gold panning.

After being picked up from your Queenstown hotel in a Land Rover Defender, the day begins with a drive into the breathtaking Remarkables mountain range, the location for the trilogy's Misty Mountains. Continue up the range until you reach a point overlooking Deer Park Heights. It's here that scenes were shot of the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs.

You then head to the Kawarau Gorge, the location for the Pillars of the Kings before arriving at Arrowtown, a famous gold mining area and site of the filming of the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields. Driving along a historic gold mining road, crisscross the Arrow River, until you reach the location for the Ford of Bruinen. Enjoy a tea break beside the river and hear the history of area as you pan for gold.

The day is capped with a scenic drive to Coronet Peak and the entrance to Skippers Canyon, offering views of the entire Wakatipu Basin, before returning to Queenstown.

Travel to New Zealand’s high country for a 4WD tour and expert commentary of the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cross crystalline rivers and learn about the area's gold-mining history while trying your hand at gold panning.

After being picked up from your Queenstown hotel in a Land Rover Defender, the day begins with a drive into the breathtaking Remarkables mountain range, the location for the trilogy's Misty Mountains. Continue up the range until you reach a point overlooking Deer Park Heights. It's here that scenes were shot of the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs.

You then head to the Kawarau Gorge, the location for the Pillars of the Kings before arriving at Arrowtown, a famous gold mining area and site of the filming of the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields. Driving along a historic gold mining road, crisscross the Arrow River, until you reach the location for the Ford of Bruinen. Enjoy a tea break beside the river and hear the history of area as you pan for gold.

The day is capped with a scenic drive to Coronet Peak and the entrance to Skippers Canyon, offering views of the entire Wakatipu Basin, before returning to Queenstown.

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1:30 PM Tour

Duration 4h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees
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$132.45

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8:30 AM (8:15 AM from October) Tour

Duration 4h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees From 1 October tour will depart at 8:15 AM
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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Safari Tour

Activity/Location

Queenstown


Highlights

  • Spectacular mountain & river scenery

  • 4WD off-road adventure

  • Unique gold panning experience along scenic Arrow River

  • Insider stories from Lord of the Rings set locations tour

  • Intimate group sizes of 6 or less people


Inclusions

  • Guided 4WD tour of Wakatipu Basin

  • Guided tour of Lord of the Rings filming locations

  • Beverages

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Queenstown hotel

  • Commentary in English


Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is subject to road & river conditions.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 4 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Queenstown, New Zealand