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Safari of the Scenes: Glenorchy Tour

Explore Glenorchy to Queenstown on this scenic safari with breathtaking views and famous filming locations!

Queenstown, New Zealand
DurationDuration4 hrs 15 min
Start & End TimeStart & End Time8:00 am & 1:30 pm
Max Group SizeMax Group Size6
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffIncludedi
Fitness LevelFitness LevelLow

What's Included

  • Travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy with spectacular views of the Lake Wakatipu and Mount Earnslaw
  • Visit filming locations from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, X-men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and more
  • Explore Paradise Valley 
  • Bring the films to life and dress up and take photos with props
  • Gold pan in the Arrow River
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea included 
  • Pick up from central accommodation or town centre



What's Excluded

Bring drinking water and a camera!

Why Do We Love This

"We love it because Nomad Safaris have really packed everything into this trip! We love that it isn't just a movie set tour - you also get to see the stunning natural scenery of the area as you wind your way along the scenic road. It's a trip that's full of fun, dress ups, an awesome 4WD tour and some amazing views. This tour has it all!"

What to Expect


Journey from Queenstown to Glenorchy on this sightseeing adventure! Stop at famous Lord of the Rings film locations and marvel at the spectacular natural scenery and stunning views

Your day starts in Queenstown with a pickup from the town centre or your accommodation. You'll follow the Dart River to the filming location of Isengard where you'll also be able to marvel at incredible views over Mount Earnslaw! 

Next, head to Paradise and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in New Zealand, before arriving at the film location for the Forrest of Lothlorien.
Heading back to Queenstown you'll have the chance to stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp!

Throughout your Middle Earth journey, there'll also be the chance to become a part of the action with dress ups and replica props to take photos with! 

The tour includes the Lord of the Rings filming locations of the Misty Mountains, Refugees of Rohan, Battle of the Wargs scenes, Isengard, Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and The Battle of Amon Hen/Seat of Seeing. You'll also see some of the film locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian!

Tours start at 8:00 am and 1:30 pm and take approximately 4 hours and 25 minutes.  

Frequently Asked Questions

No. As part of gaining permission to film in the spectacular locations the producers were required to dismantle all sets except for Hobbiton.  We specialise in showing you where specific scenes were filmed.  Many of the movie locations are recognisable on our trips and your guide will give you insights into the stories behind them.

Our Glenorchy trips include an easy 15 minute (return) nature walk to a LOTR scene over a formed trail.  Clients have the option of staying in or near the vehicle if they wish at any of the stops on any of our tours.

6 seater 4WD Land Rover or Land Cruiser.


Terms & Conditions:


Cancellation Policy:
  • Outback New Zealand Limited reserves the absolute right to cancel any scheduled departures as a result of road or weather conditions

  • Outback New Zealand Limited reserves the absolute right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of a tour

  • Clients will be advised as soon as possible of any cancellation or part cancellation (and will be entitled to a full refund or refund of that part of the trip that has been unable to be completed

  • Bookings cancelled more than 24 hours before the trip will incur no cancellation fee
  • Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of departure will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee

Pickup Locations

Pickup from Town Centre or Queenstown accommodation.

  • Absoloot Backpackers - (MEET AT INFO & TRACK)
  • Adventure Q2 Hostel
  • Adventure Queenstown - (MEET AT INFO & TRACK)
  • Alexis Motel and Apartments
  • Amber Lodge
  • Amity Lodge
  • Aspen Lodge
  • Azur Lodge
  • Base Backpackers - (MEET AT INFO & TRACK)
  • Bella Vista
  • Black Sheep Backpackers
  • Blue Peaks
  • Breakfree the Point
  • Browns Boutique Hotel
  • Bumbles Backpackers
  • Bungi Backpackers
  • Butterfli Lodge
  • Caples Court Motel
  • Central Ridge Boutique Hotel
  • Chalet Queenstown
  • Colonial Village Motel
  • Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
  • Coronation Lodge
  • Coronet View
  • Creeksyde Holiday Park
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Deco Backpackers
  • Earnslaw Lodge
  • Eichardts
  • Flaming Kiwi
  • Garden Court Suites & Apartments
  • Haka Lodge
  • Heartland Hotel & Scenic Suites
  • Heritage Hotel, Fernhill
  • Hippo Lodge
  • Holiday Inn Frankton Rd
  • Holiday Inn Town Centre
  • Hurley's of Queenstown
  • INFO & TRACK, 37 Shotover Street
  • Jucy Snooze - (MEET AT INFO & TRACK)
  • Kamana Lakehouse (Aspen Hotel)
  • Lakefront Apartments
  • Lakeside Motel
  • Lomond Lodge
  • Mantra Marina / Luxury Lake Suites
  • Matakauri Lodge
  • Melbourne Lodge B&B
  • Mercure Hotel
  • Mi-Pad
  • Millennium Hotel
  • Nomads Backpackers
  • Novotel
  • Nugget Point
  • Oaks Club Resort
  • Oaks Shores
  • Peppers Beacon
  • Pinewood Lodge
  • Platinum Queenstown Villas
  • QT Queenstown
  • Queenstown House Boutique B&B
  • Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park
  • Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
  • Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park
  • Ramada Town Centre
  • Reavers Lodge
  • Ridge Resort
  • Rydges
  • Sherwood Hotel
  • Shotover Lodge
  • Sofitel
  • Southern Laughter
  • Spinnaker Bay Executive Apartments
  • St Moritz
  • Swiss-Belresort CORONET PEAK
  • Swiss-Belsuites POUNAMU
  • Tahuna Pod
  • The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel
  • The Glebe Apartments
  • The Last Resort
  • The Lodges
  • The Lofts Apartments
  • The Rees
  • The Spire
  • The Waterfront
  • To be confirmed
  • Turner Heights Townhouses
  • Villa Del Lago
  • Whistler Apartments
  • YHA Central - (MEET AT INFO & TRACK)
  • YHA Lakefront

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