Safari of the Scenes: Wakatipu Basin

On location in Middle-earth with the best tour to take you to all the Lord of The Rings locations in the Queenstown and Arrowtown area. Small groups, great guides.

Queenstown, New Zealand
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NZD $175
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Children: NZD $80
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  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Gold pan in the Arrow River
  • Pick up from central accommodation or town centre


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You will need to bring water, a camera, and a sense of adventure!


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 Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up  Queenstown Hill you get a bird's eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. 


Travelling from The Remarkables 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 the Wakatipu Basin and into Skippers Canyon. 


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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.

Not a lot of walking is required.  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.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on Outback NZ products with more than 24hrs notice, NO REFUND for cancellations made within 24hrs of departure. NO REFUND for no-shows or missed departures. OTHER OPERATORS will have their own cancellation policy (please ask for details if not stated above). All operators retain the right to cancel services due to weather or other concerns; in which case the customer will receive a full refund.

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Nomad Safaris
37 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand


NZD $175
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Children: NZD $80
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