Excursions in Wellington
This entertaining journey of discovery through the Wellington region takes in all the sites of Middle Earth Half-day Tour at a more relaxed pace. This full-day tour also includes lunch and even more exotic film locations. Visit the Wellington film locations used for the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith, and where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul. Be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien - the majestic Fernside Lodge. 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. 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 the new Weta Cave with souvenirs and a virtual tour of Weta Workshop. Groups are small (typically 6 guests) and personal.
Travel alongside beautiful Wellington Harbour past the Pauatahanui inlet to famous Battle Hill Farm (scene of final British/Maori wars). Enjoy panoramic views including Kapiti Island (nature reserve) from the summit of Paekakariki Hill.
Stop for refreshments at Ruth Pretty (Master Chef) Kitchen and shop. On to the town of Otaki and visit Rangiatea Historic Church.
Travel along Hutt River, AKA The Lord of the Rings Great River Anduin, which in movie lore flows through Middle Earth between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood. Stop at Hobbiton Woods located on Mount Victoria, and offering spectacular 360-degree views of Wellington's harbor and hills. Also visit Helms Deep, where the Orcs battled King Theodore of Rohan to overtake his stronghold. And, discover the Elvin home of Rivendell, where Frodo recovered from the powerful Ring Wraiths' attack.
The full day Lord of the Rings locations tour is a must for any fan visiting Wellington. Starting on Mount Victoria with a visit to the lookout then onto locations used in the trilogy like the Outer Shire, Hobbiton Woods and Dunharrow. Then out to the Hutt Valley to Kaitoke Regional Park, the location of Rivendell. Along the way visiting Isengard, Fords of Isen, the River Anduin and see where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed.
Escape on an all-inclusive guided gourmet wine tour of the award winning Martinborough wine region and let your taste buds do the work. Just over an hour from the capital, depart Wellington by train for a scenic journey with stunning views of Wellington harbour and the Wairarapa Valley. Visit 4 boutique Martinborough vineyards and meet some of the families behind them. Enjoy wine tastings throughout the day, antipasto lunch at the delightful Village Café.
Discover Wellington's extraordinary natural features and contrasts. Stroll along the beautiful waterfront, hearing Maori legends of the sea monsters, or Taniwha, who once inhabited the harbour's mysterious depths, and of the legendary warrior who landed his canoe on the Wellington shore.
Discover Wellington's rolling hills, scenic bays and top architectural landmarks with this 2.5-hour guided tour. Visit must-see attractions, including the famous Beehive and parliament buildings, and Old Saint Paul's Cathedral - the southern hemisphere's finest example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Take a half-day to explore the countryside north of Wellington. Drive up the coast to the picturesque seaside resort of Plimmerton, and then continue on the coastal highway to the Nyco Chocolate Factory to taste gourmet delights, stop off at Lindale Farm for free Kapiti cheese samples, or try the original homemade ice cream and take optional farm walks (own cost).
An unforgettable journey around the city's dramatic highlights where guests will travel around the earthquake-scarred South Coast to see the site of the Wahine ferry disaster and the distant ranges of the South Island, overlooked by coastal houses perched on the steep, rocky hills.
A wonderful half day film locations experience with your own expert guide in a small group. The tour runs for half a day and takes you to the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the Anduin 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 Hobbiton Woods where you can race to the Ferry and get off the Road; Buckland Forest where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the Road; Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry for the filming of Helms Deep, the fortified ravine in Rohan and Minas Tirith.