• 1 Day Duration
  • English
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  • Certain City Hotels Pick Up

Safari of the Scenes Departure from Queenstown (Lord of the Ring Tour,Wakatipu Basin, Glenorchy or Full Day tour)

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Tour A--WAKATIPU BASIN ( Departs: 8:15 am, 1:30 pm Allow: 4 hours )

  • Visit LOTR filming locations

  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock

  • See spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin

  • River crossing and gold panning in the Arrow River

The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings filming locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up Queenstown hill you get a birds eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes.

Travelling from The Queenstown hill viewpoint we head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown you will experience a true off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can indulge in morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

From Arrowtown you will travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and into Skippers Canyon.

Tour B-GLENORCHY LORD OF THE RINGS (Departs: 8:00 am, 1:30 pm Allow: 4¼ hours)

  • 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

For true Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing t our includes recognisable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints.

En route from Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forrest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and heading towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

The Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Tour C = Tour A +Tour B - Full Day Tour (Departs: 8:00 am Allow: 9.5 hours)

In the morning, you will begin your Grinnoch half-day tour and then return to Queeenstown at 12:15 pm to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) at 13:30. You'll then start the Wakatipu Basin from queenstown.

Assembling arrangement:
  • Transfers are available for certain hotels, please enter your hotel name when booking.

Dining arrangement:
  • Half day tour includes morning tea or afternoon tea.

  • Day tour includes lunch.


  • Child ticket: 4 - 14 years
  • Infants under the age of 4 can take part in this tour for free.
  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 people to proceed. If the tour is cancelled due to lack of numbers, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Baby seats can be provided, please contact us when booking.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
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  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.
  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.
  • The supplier's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 50% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
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