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Lord of the Rings 4WD Safari Tour - Queenstown

Lord of the Rings 4WD Safari Tour - Queenstown


  • Visit many Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • Travel the Skippers Canyon Road to Lighthouse Rock
  • See spectacular views over the Queenstown area

Visit some of New Zealand's most stunning and panoramic regions that were used as Lord of the Rings filming locations, on a tour perfect for anyone who loves both LOTR and the thrills of off road adventures!

What's Included?

  • Guided tour of various Lord of the Rings filming locations
  • 4WD river crossings and off road driving
  • A visit to a gold panning location
  • Light refreshments

A Queenstown adventure safari packed with breathtaking Lord Of The Rings filming locations and thrilling 4WD action. Our guides will rediscover the magic of Tolkien’s Middle-earth and bring it to life with rare facts and thrilling tales. On this great escapade, we will visit filming locations such as the Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath)and many more. Furthermore, we will follow a historic gold mining road and take the opportunity to plunder gold. Take in all of this while taking seeing the spectacular panoramic views of the Queenstown area.

The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off-road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings filming locations. The Queenstown tour takes you to see The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the three movies including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up Queenstown hill you get a birds-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Travelling from The Queenstown hill viewpoint we head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings.

Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, you will cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point, you can indulge in morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, you will travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of Queenstown and into Skippers Canyon.

Session Length

  • Please allow 4 hours for this experience
  • The experience departs at 8:15am or 1:30pm
  • Booking time will be confirmed by the experience provider


  • Adult: 15+ years
  • Child: 4-14 years
  • Children aged 0-3 years are free, please advise at the time of booking
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

A minimum of 2 participants are required for this experience to go ahead. Minimum 4 on NZ public holidays.


In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider

Dress Code

Dress appropriately for outdoor adventure in the mountains (warm clothing in the cooler months).

Other Info

Please read Disclosure of Risks and Weather Cancellation Policy here

This experience departs Queenstown.

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