Half Day Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Tours - Nomads Safaris

Travel into the heart of Middle-earth on this Safari of the Scenes and glimpse spectacular natural scenery while quenching your inner geek by visiting some of the key filming sites of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 

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  • Encounter Lord of The Rings filming locations including Misty Mountains, Pillars of the Kings and Ford of Bruinen
  • Experience real off-road driving with exciting river crossings
  • Discover gold mining history and try your hand at gold panning
  • Enjoy full commentary and plenty of spectacular photo opportunities


  • 4 hours guided 4WD tour from Queenstown 
  • Refreshments such as morning or afternoon tea
  • Unique gold panning opportunity 
  • Pick up and drop off service from select Queenstown accommodation 


8:30am or 1:30pm: Depart Queenstown 

Set in the Wakatipu Basin, this tour offers you a glimpse of some of the most famous film locations from the ever-popular Lord of the Rings trilogy such as the locations of the  Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur's fall, and the Ford of Bruinen. Delve deeper into Middle-earth by also visiting Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed. Once you've satisfied your Lord of the Rings cravings, there is also the unique chance to try your hand at gold panning while you learn some of the histories of this beautiful region. Before your return to central Queenstown, enjoy the thrill of 4WD river crossings (when conditions permit) while soaking in the view of towns, rolling farmland, rugged canyons, and soaring mountains.

Departs: Central Queenstown accomodation/ Information Centre

                 Daily at 8:30am & 1:30pm

Returns: Central Queenstown accommodation/ Information Centre 

Group Size: 2-100+ 

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