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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. Scenes of the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs were shot here.

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 where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Drive along a historic gold mining road, criss-crossing the Arrow River, until you reach the location for the Ford of Bruinen. Enjoy a tea break beside the river and hear about the history of the 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. Scenes of the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs were shot here.

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 where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Drive along a historic gold mining road, criss-crossing the Arrow River, until you reach the location for the Ford of Bruinen. Enjoy a tea break beside the river and hear about the history of the 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, Wakatipu Basin Safari Tour in English

Duration 4h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees Live Commentary in English.
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8:15 AM, Wakatipu Basin Safari Tour in English

Duration 4h Free cancellation No booking or credit card fees Live Commentary in English.
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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Safari Tour

Activity/Location

Hotel Pick Up

Queenstown

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hotel Pick Up

    Queenstown

  • Info&Snow

    37 Shotover Street

    Queenstown 9300


Highlights

  • Spectacular mountain & river scenery

  • 4WD off-road adventure

  • Unique gold panning experience along the 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

  • Drinks

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Queenstown hotel

  • Commentary in English


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 3 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is subject to the road and river conditions.

  • Minimum numbers apply (min 2 per tour for confirmed departure, min 4 on NZ public holidays).

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Queenstown hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.


Location

Hotel Pick Up, Queenstown, Otago New Zealand