Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour

Experience the magical world around the capital of ‘Middle Earth’ Wellington with a full day tour of wider Wellington’s scene locations and take a behind the scenes guided tour of the creative, multi award winning world of the Weta Workshop.

Wander through the enchanting location of the Elven village of Rivendell, view the Fords of Isen, walk alongside Gandolf the Grey and Saruman the White’s footsteps in the Gardens of Isen, view the location for Helms Deep, River Anduin, hide from the Nazguls at the ‘Shortcut to…Mushrooms’ and ‘Get off the Road’ scenes on Mt Victoria, take in the majestic view of the City and Harbour from Mt Victoria, discover the beauty and charm of the Eastern suburbs on a scenic drive and much much more!

Tour includes:

  • Guided tour of Weta Workshop including very creative green screen photo opportunities!
  • Scene location 1: Rivendell.
  • Scene location 2: Fords of Isen.
  • Scene location 3: Isengard Gardens and The Orc Tree.
  • Scene location 4: River Anduin.
  • Scene location 5: Helms Deep.
  • Scene location 6: ‘Shortcut to…Mushrooms’, ‘Get off the Road’ and Escape from the Nazgul-Race to the Buckleberry Ferry.
  • Scene location 7: Dunharrow.
  • Scenic drive from the city around Oriental Bay up to one of Wellington’s most popular look out points – Mt Victoria.
  • Drive by the Embassy Theatre – location for the world premiere of Return of the King and Australasian Premiere of Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers.
  • Drive by the Roxy Theatre Miramar, co-owned by Weta Workshop co-founder Tania Rodger, Academy Award winning Editor Jamie Selkirk and his wife Ann and several other notable ‘Wellingtonians’.
  • Drive by Sir Peter Jackson’s studio Stone Street Studios.
  • Lunch at the iconic seaside café of Scorch-O-Rama or Chocolate Fish Cafe.
  • Scenic drive around the charming and picturesque Eastern Bays.
  • All entry fees and refreshments are included.

Rivendell, Kaitoke Regional Park

Trouble with Tom the Troll at the Weta Cave

Fun with the Trolls at the Weta Cave

The Legolas Tree

The ‘Legolas Tree’ Rivendell, Kaitoke Regional Park

River Anduin

The River Anduin

Hobbits Hideaway on Mt Victoria

Hobbits Hideaway, Mt Victoria

Doc Tinfoil (Warren Beaton), Weta Workshop

Creating magic with Doc Tinfoil at the Weta Workshop

About Your Guide

Hi I’m Tom your Guide for your private, dedicated tour of our fabulous capital city Wellington.

I love showing off our piece of paradise to visitors, friends and family.

Come experience our beautiful capital city with a local – book now!


  • Duration: 7 hours (9:30am departure).
  • Pick Up & Drop Off: Flexible within Wellington.
  • $467 per adult (2-4).
  • $427 per adult (5+).
  • Solo travellers/single booking $667.
  • $157 per child.
  • Prices are in NZD and includes GST & booking fees.
  • Up to 11 people per group.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Your tour is a private tour. We do not perform mixed group tours therefore your tour is strictly your own tour. Enjoy a 7 hour Lord of the Rings scene location and scenic drive tour with your group & tour guide.

“We booked a wine tour with Tom, who picked us up from our hotel in central Wellington.

From booking the tour Tom was great at communicating.

Tom chose four amazing family run vineyards which offered an amazing selection of wines. We were able to meet the owners and wine makers at all of the vineyards which made for a much more personal tour.”

Steven B - Christchurch

“Tom was a highly knowledgeable and all-round amazing guide. The level of guest services was exceptional, right from before the tour started, throughout and after the tour ended. Bringing us along family owned wineries, we had the privilege to converse with the owners and wine makers, making the experience extremely special. Must also express the appreciation for sustainability, providing us with water bottles made out of plant matter. The experiences shared throughout the day will definitely be a great memory and one I will be sharing with others. Highly recommend and will book again in a heartbeat. Thank you again to Tom for such an amazing experience, and also Jill for baking beautiful orange muffins to enjoy on the ride back!”

Ling Y - Christchurch

From wineries to Wellington treasures; From Maori culture to Manuka honeybee hives; From Hahei Hot Water Beach to Hobbiton and all points in between… We are sure we experienced  every inch of North Island, New Zealand with Tom’s and Jill’s Kaewa Tours. Cities, villages, farms, forests, islands, breweries, historic places, gardens, waterfalls, lakes, vistas, galleries and even a secret public restroom with the art of a famous Kiwi.  Tom’s sense of humor, his sense of history, his sense of timing and penchant for the perfect itinerary, made for days of fun and no glitches. Every day we ran into someone Tom knew. It was the trip of a lifetime with memories and photos to last a lifetime. Thank you, Kaewa Tours.

Barb and Mike - San Diego, California, USA

I had friends from Barcelona visit New Zealand and Tom very kindly made up a custom package to the Wairarapa. What a fantastic day it was. Tom is very knowledgeable with the area and has a wonderful sense of humour. We visited C’est Cheese in Featherston, lunch at Poppies winery which was certainly a highlight, two other wineries, finishing off with a delightful dinner at the Martinborough Hotel.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom’s Kaewa tours.  A first class tour.

Ali – Waikanae, New Zealand

If you really want a memorable, fun and informative guide to help you experience New Zealand – use Tom Collier! My wife and I have been on two trips with Tom, and thoroughly enjoyed his expertise, passion and…sense of humour! Tom loves New Zealand, his pride evident as he explains his country’s history, traditions and culture – as only a true Kiwi can! When these Canucks return to New Zealand (and we will) Tom will be the first Kiwi we call. The best.

Jean and Al – Whitby, Ontario, Canada

If you want to cover off Martinborough for value and time look no further than booking a private tour with Tom from Kaewa Tours. He took us to the top wineries and we got to go to an olive tasting as well. He is professional, on time and knowledgeable about the area and happy to accommodate all of our requests. We will be joining him again for another tour, all and all a great day out!! Book him he is great!

Vanessa and Colin - Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Patricia and I have visited New Zealand for five weeks in February 2020 and we were lucky to be referred to Tom for a one day visit of the Martinborough vineyards and Cape Palliser. Our day trip was very well organized, included visits of four reputable vineyards, a drive down to Cape Palliser and excellent lunch and early dinner. We enjoyed very much Tom’s company, his comments about NZ, his safe driving and friendliness and we highly recommend using Tom’s services to visit New Zealand.

Eric and Patricia, Barcelona Spain.

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We also offer a full day Wellington Scenic tour, which you can see the details of here.

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