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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown

  • 4-hour Lord of the Rings and Wakatipu Basin 4WD tour
  • Visit prime filming locations from the hit TV show
  • See the the Remarkables mountain range, Deer Park Heights, and Kawarau Gorge
Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown
From US$130.29
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Afternoon DepartureMost Popular
Wakatipu Basin tour. Departs at 1.30pm, returns at 5.30pm
Morning Departure
Wakatipu Basin tour. Departs at 8.15am, returns at 12.15pm.
Enjoy an off-road adventure in the wild of New Zealand on this half-day Wakatipu Basin 4-wheel drive tour from Queenstown. Cruise along off-road routes toward the Remarkables mountain range — widely used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Admire panoramic views over Deer Park Heights and the Kawarau Gorge, and then head onward to the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Traverse bumpy river crossings along the Arrow River, and pan for gold on the riverbank. Then gaze over the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak en route back to Queenstown.
What to Expect
Following an 8:15a.m. or 1:30p.m. pickup at your central Queensland, Kelvin Heights, Frankton, Arthur's Point, or Fernhill hotel, hop into your 4-wheel drive vehicle, and head out of town to start your 4-hour tour.

This is the perfect tour for those who want the thrills of an off-road adventure, but also want to see Lord of the Rings filming locations. See the Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy, including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up Queenstown hill, get a bird’s-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs movie scenes.

Travelling from The Remarkables viewpoint, head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge, go to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold-mining road, cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can try your hand at gold panning.

From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin. Your tour ends with a drive back to your hotel.
Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 24 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great tour of LOTR sites

Great half day tour of a number of LOTR sites. Drive was knowledgable and entertaining. Drove up the Arrow river and did some gold panning, and drove down into the shotover gorge. Cost is up there but tour was very good.

Thank Simon-from-Adelaide
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Half Day Tour

This is a great half day tour taking in many Lord of the Rings filming locations but also great views from Skippers Road and also 4WD driving up a river which is something you must do at least once! Our driver Jinny was knowledgeable, Interesting...More

Thank Neil1986
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
great fun!

. It was very cold first thing in the morning. Graham picked us up at the hotel in a landrover and drove us through the frosty countryside. He was a great guide- driving us through rivers and up sides of mountains and we looked down...More

Thank travellingmary33
Reviewed 5 September 2018
4WDing with Jenny!

My partner and I recently went on this Queenstown Lord of the Rings tour as part of our first time visiting Queenstown and we loved it! Our tour guide Jenny was fantastic, fun and super friendly and was an absolute awesome driver. The knowledge we...More

Thank Danika P
Reviewed 25 June 2018
The Best Afternoon !

From start to finish the whole experience was very personalised, relaxed and full of interesting locations and knowledge about the area. Fabian was the best guide as it didn't feel rehearsed and was just very genuine and easy to talk to. I highly recommend this...More

1  Thank Jessstowe
NomadSafarisQT, Front Office Manager at Nomad Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hi Jess, thanks very much for taking the time providing us with a fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great time on our Queenstown/Wakatipu Basin trip. It's a great mixture of 4WD, LOTR locations and history about the area....More

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