In the Footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings"

WLG-300 | Wellington, New Zealand | See Special Notes

from $109.95 (AUD)*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Lord Of The Rings Tour Lord Of The Rings Tour

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Excursion Length:
Approx. 3.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

Join a Lord of the Rings expert guide and visit locations featured in the film trilogy and learn how the magic of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was created. Visit Wellington's best look-out with 360° views of Wellington City and Harbor. Then drive to where the filming of the Lord of the Rings first started. Take a gentle stroll through the picturesque forest of the 'Outer Shire' where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. There were many scenes filmed here including the 'Race to the Ferry' and the famous 'Get off the Road' scene. Learn how the films were made while visiting scenes and locations right in the heart of Wellington City.
Travelling to Miramar you'll have the exclusive opportunity to visit "Weta Studios - The Weta Workshop". This experience offers a peek into the magic of Weta and the many films they have worked on. Visitors are given an insight into the movies Weta is best known for, as well as given an insight to processes, creative and innovative thinking that goes on within the walls of this custom built facility. This movie based visitor experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop. The story of the creative process is told and guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they have helped make for the movies. They may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic...

Exclusive video clips are displayed throughout the tour, as well as descriptive boards, describing the process used for different disciplines, such as Armour & Costumes, Weapons & Props, Creatures & Make-up FX, Miniatures & Models, Conceptual Art and Merchandise. The Exhibition space will also reveal the history of Weta Workshop and what we have been busy with over the past 20 years.

You will enjoy a private screening of a 25 minute behind-the-scenes film, which tells the story and history of the film industry in Wellington and features interviews with Weta Workshop co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

Return to the Cruise terminal via Evans Bay & Oriental bay for stunning views of Wellington City & Harbour. A drop-off in the city after the morning tour is available on request.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Due to legal and conservation requirements, no film sets remain on location. Photography is not allowed inside the Weta Workshop facility.

Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and clothes suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat, light jacket and adequate sun protection.

The Weta Cave is closed on 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 1 Jan and ANZAC day.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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