Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Tour

This Lord of the Rings 4WD off-road adventure tour takes you off the beaten track and deep into the real Middle Earth with Nomad Safaris in Queenstown!
Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Tour


  • Visit Lord of the Rings filming locations

  • Morning or Afternoon Tea

  • Extreme 4WD adventuring

  • Gold Panning

  • 4 hour scenic tour

  • Hotel Transfers from Queenstown

Explore some famous Lord of the Rings sites in the region surrounding Queenstown and embark on a 4WD safari adventure, off-roading into remote areas of New Zealand’s backcountry journeying over Queenstown's most rugged terrain on this great value day tour. Its river crossings and breathtaking meadows – this is truly scenic adventuring at its best! Our 4hour Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings Tour takes you to The Remarkables, Queenstown’s majestic mountain range. These rugged mountains were used to depict various mountainous peaks throughout the film trilogy including that of the the “Misty Mountains”.

We then journey into the Kawarau Gorge to see more famous LOTR film locations before heading to the historical area of Arrowtown amping it up for some extreme off-roading! Travelling in specialised 4x4 vehicle we follow the historic gold mining road up to the beautiful Arrow River where you can try your hand at panning for gold! This film location tour combines a sightseeing safari and exhilarating off-road four wheel driving - a perfect mix for any adventure-seeking Lord of the Rings fan!

More info


  • 4 hr 4WD Lord of Rings Tour
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Gold Panning
  • Includes local Queenstown pick up and drop off (excludes private addresses, guest houses or Airbnb. Please confirm with the operator for the closest pick up location)


  • Extreme 4WD adventuring!
  • Visit filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains and the Pillars of the Kings
  • Birds eye view over Deer Park Heights
  • Sightseeing Queenstown's most picturesque areas
  • Extreme 4WD adventuring
  • Gold Panning


  • Tours depart daily at 8:15am and 1:30pm

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Bottle of water
  • Jacket (winter)
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking Shoes

Additional Information

  • Cancellations within 24 hours full charge
  • All tours are subject to weather, road and river conditions
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor adventures in the mountains
  • A minimum of 2 people is required to operator this tour

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking 
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience 
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction 
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control 
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher 
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements 

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Age Groups

Primary school (6-8)
Middle school (9-11)
Young teens (12-14)
Teens (15-17)
Students (18+)

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