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Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour provided by Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 08/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Take a journey with us deep into Middle Earth and explore unique Lord of the Rings filming locations from Queenstown to Glenorchy and Mt Aspiring World Heritage N.P. Feel the trilogy come to life as you visit the breathtaking and magical landscape that inspired Peter Jackson’s film locations for The Lord of the Rings movies. We are the only company with EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the filming locations on Arcadia Station, where scenes from the Hobbit & Wolverine were filmed. Travel in small groups with local guides who have a real passion and knowledge of the area. Take in the diverse landscape of ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys. Explore the unique flora and fauna and get up close to the New Zealand animals and birdlife. We are a Local family owned & operated tour company that offer the real experience. Operating since 2005! We are one of the few companies that hold Department of Conservation Concessionaire permits to access Mt Aspiring National park.
You'll start at
The Station Information Centre
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  • 1
    Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
    Stop: 4 hours -
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  • 2
    Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Glenorchy Wharf
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Mount Aspiring
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Isengard Lookout
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
The Station Information Centre
Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New ZealandPlease wait outside the The Station Building Info Centre on CAMP Street. please wait on the wooden benches and look out for your vehicle, they are white Toyota vans with Pure Glenorchy on the side.
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Departure Point
The Station Information Centre, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Free Delicious morning or afternoon picnic to satisfy a hungry hobbit!
  • Central Queenstown hotel pick up/ drop off
  • Umbrellas provided
  • Professional, friendly & local guides
  • Live Commentary
  • Optional Lord of the Rings costumes/ replica swords
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Exclusive access to the Arcadia Station Filming locations in the Paradise valley!
  • Entry/Admission - Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Aspiring
  • Entry/Admission - Isengard Lookout
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Teresa L wrote a review 14 Sep
Auckland Central, New Zealand13 contributions1 helpful vote
The LOTR Scenic Half Day Tour was awesome! The drive was smooth, the views were spectacular and the locations we visited were phenomenal. Most of all, Joel was an excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who wants to have a fun,
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Date of experience: September 2020
Karen Cunningham wrote a review 11 Sep
5 contributions
Hey thanks for a awesome half day tour awesome views great friendly guide great stories and information
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Helen J wrote a review 10 Sep
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a great time on our half day tour. The communication from Kate was clear and responsive & Joel is very friendly and highly knowledgeable about the various places he took us around Glenorchy. None of the stops were too far away from the next and we were given information
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Date of experience: September 2020
Zyzy wrote a review 5 Sep
11 contributions
To be honest I haven't watch any LOTR movie, but still I enjoyed this tour. The tour itself is magnificent, Joel our guide is very friendly, very knowledgeable and he will take your photos sincerely. Kate is also very easy to talk to when I arrange my trip. The fun thing with
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from X8211KJkatec, Owner at Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Zy, Thanks again for choosing Pure Glenorchy - so stoked you had a great time despite never seeing the films. It really is a tour for everyone. See you next time you are here - and all the best for the rest of 2020 cheers, kate
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Amy C wrote a review 1 Sep
4 contributions
We had the best experience on this tour! Joel is super friendly and has great LotR/local knowledge. It was great to be out with a small group of 4 as the tour felt much more personable and authentic than with bigger groups, with genuine chatter and laughs along the way. Would
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from X8211KJkatec, Owner at Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Oh hi ! We agree that small group tours are the best.. Thanks for your 5* recommendation and thank you for supporting local small biz like ourselves. All the best mate, and see you next time, Kate
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About the operator

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By: Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours
Stunning Tour, Great Operator
From the moment I contacted Pure Glenorchy I knew I had found a company that recognised how important customer serv
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LOTR ... Great Experience
Joel was very knowledgeable about the local area and LOTR information. Went to some great spots and went to an amaz
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Just hurry up and book it already!!
My god. If you want a great way to see the Queenstown area and get some insider info on The Lord of the Rings movie
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Lord of the tours
A fantastic tour. Owner was our tour guide. Lots of interesting facts, visited cool sites from filming and had lots
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Pure glenorchy indeed!
It was fab! Superb scenic views and super friendly tour coach. It was pure glenorchy indeed. Loved the tour shuttl
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Lord of the Rings Magic
Wonderful trip. Joel was a fantastic tour leader, very knowledgeable about area, films, especially LOTR. Has exclus
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Stunning experience
Joel was a fantastic guide who really knew his stuff. The three of us on the tour enjoyed it immensely! Would highl
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Amazing, Breathtaking and lots of Fun
Probably one of the best highlights out of our entire trip to Queenstown. Even if you aren’t a LOTR fan, the views
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Awesome warriors
Loved every minute of it. Enjoyed the time spent in glenorchy itself and the stunning back drop. The tour guide was
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Fantastic Family Fun!
Wonderful tour! Spent a great time with owner-operator Joel who was informative, funny, and hospitable for me and m
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Amazing day!
Really nice guy and happy travel for it. It's awesome day! Its scenic beauty is a must visit for any and every vis
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Beautiful scenic tour
We had the most fabulous afternoon on this tour with Joel our guide. The scenery was breathtaking. Joel made our to
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Beautiful Morning
A morning in Middle Earth! Absolutely breathtaking, loved every minute of this tour. Thanks to our guide Joel for
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Personalised top of the range tour.
Kate and Joel made our experience, from start to finish, a fantastic one. We are AVID Lord of the Rings fans - both
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The half day lotr tour was a great way to spend our afternoon. The tour guide was just lovely, so friendly and easy
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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