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Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Departing Queenstown, this half-day small personalised group tour will journey to the locations that starred as middle earth on the world stage.

Highlights

  • #1 Lord of the Rings Tour in Queenstown (Trip Advisor)
  • Small personalised groups per guide/vehicle
  • Proudly operating for 14 years - local guides and family operated
  • Discover Isengard, The Wizards Vale, Lothlorien Forest, The Dead Marshes, Misty Mountains, Ithilien and many more!
  • Explore unique flora and fauna and get up close to birdlife and animals - Department Of Conservation concessionaire and QUALMARK Endorsed

Encounter breathtaking backdrops, stunning ancient beech forest, braided rivers and glacier carved valleys on this trip to the famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie locations.

This personalised half-day guided tour will take you into the high country past Glenorchy to visit the magical locations made famous in the Lord of The Rings such as Isengard, Amon Hen, Lothlorien Forest, The Misty Mountains and Ithilien.

You will enjoy insider knowledge, stories and secrets told by your friendly driver and guide who is passionate about the area. Feel free to dress up like a LOTR star and re-enact sword play in Lothlorien forest for that epic photo opportunity, this is a tour you will never forget!

Adult $180.00
Child $90.00 ((0-14yrs))

What's included

  • Delicious picnic – this is morning or afternoon tea normally around 10.15am or 3.30pm
  • Hot or cold refreshments
  • Queenstown central accomodation pick up and drop off
  • Interpretation booklet - full commentary translated into Chinese
  • All our vehicles are 4WD with all seats forward facing

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 0-14yrs

  • Location and pickup information:

    Pickups occur from central Queenstown accomodation. Please state your pickup details as you proceed to checkout. Alternatively, we depart from outside The Old Station Building corner of Camp Street and Shotover Street, Queenstown at 8am and 1:40pm.

Available Bookings from June 03 to June 09

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$90.00
  • Child$90.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$90.00
  • Child$90.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$90.00
  • Child$90.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$180.00
  • Child$90.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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4.8

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Harmeet from Singapore wrote on 16 December 2018

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Fun and informative

Our guide Ben was really knowledgeable , not just about Lotr but about all aspects of Nz History and had wonderful bits of stories to tell on every moment of the tour. The journey itself is exquisite thanks to the mountain laden drive and the pretty lakes. The tour included a short stop for lunch at glenorchy. The actual scenes where LOTR was shot are amazing for someone who recalls the movie scenes. The most fun was in the roleplay in the forest. Thanks Ben. We will recommend this tour to everyone.

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From Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Harmeet We so glad you enjoyed our tour!!! and a 5 star review just reassures us that we are doing the best job we can at giving our guests a great experience!! We have informed Ben of this review and he is happy you had a good time with him and Ben also enjoyed having you on tour. Kind regards Joel

Gui from Brazil wrote on 20 July 2019

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A wonderful tour with thr best guide ever

As a huge fan of LOTR movies I am very sceptic about these tours I already did several of them, but none had the power to amuse me. Except this one. This tour is amazing. Thr places and the guide Kate were excepcional. Going to remote places and be where the novies were shot, it's an excellent experience. When they do this with humor and great backgroung stories ot becomes really paradise for the movie fans. Thanks Kate for all. You made two brazillians really happy!

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From Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Kia Ora Gui, what an EPIC review.. thanks so much.. I've passed your kind words onto Kate - she is an exceptional guide - you are correct! SO glad you loved our our tour, thanks for sharing your experience with others.. all the best to you - see you when you return to NZ! kind regards, the Pure Glenorchy Team

Clara from Peru wrote on 22 September 2019

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Glenorchy-Queenstown amazing day trip

Amazing trip i have the best experience amazing views and great customer service the drive knew a lot about the best places to take pictures definitely recommend it 100%

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From Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Kia ora Clara, thanks so much for review our tour and cheers for sharing your gorgeous pics also! All the best to you for the rest of 2019.. regards, kate

Joanne Lightfoot from United Kingdom wrote on 12 February 2020

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A bit of a mixed bag

Tour was informative, some of the venues were pretty bland, not the fault of the guide, more Peter Jackson's, but could have been 'spiced up' with more inside stories perhaps?! Our guide was drawn more to the younger (and geekier) members on the bus and completely ignored us older types when it came to dishing out the costumes, there was never any doubt as to who was going to be Galadriel! Could have done without the commentary about the extortionate cost of living and how much a mortgage costs too, which sounded a little like a fishing for tips exercise. Picnic was pleasant, toilets weren't (no hand washing facilities).

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From Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Kia Ora Joanna, Thanks for your feedback. We are glad that you found the tour informative. You were out with our guide Ben that day who really knows the area and has a lot of passion for LOTR and this beautiful region. We make sure everyone gets a chance to take photos in Lothlorien with the different costumes, we are sorry if you did not get a chance to dress up like Galadriel. During our tours we make sure we cover a range of topics including LOTR's, flora/fauna, local history etc. (as believe it or not 50% of our guests have NEVER seen LOTRs , :-0 sacrilege) Based on the array of questions our guides get asked daily - we find that (most) people are interested in the real estate prices, price of fuel, the local economy, life here Queenstown, etc This is not an attempt to 'fish for tips' and we are sorry that you took it this way. Regarding the public toilets - I do agree but a tricky one to fix.. I shall make sure our vehicles are fitted with more hand sanitizer in future. All in all I hope you had a great time with Pure Glenorchy and we wish you safe onward travels here in New Zealand. Warm Regards, Kate

Kelly from South Korea wrote on 18 February 2020

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혼자라면 가지 마세요.

여행을 마친지 약 두 달 정도가 지났고, 이 리뷰를 쓰기 전까지 정말 많은 고민을 했습니다. 뉴질랜드로 방문하는 한국인들이 매년 증가하는데, 혹시 저처럼 혼자 여행을 계획 중인 분이시라면 미리 읽어보고 참고하실 필요가 있다고 생각합니다. 이에 당일 작성했던 일기를 토대로 상세하게 적어보겠습니다. 이 투어는 제가 뉴질랜드 여행 계획을 처음 시작하던 시기(2018년 말)부터 가장 기대하고 있었던 일정으로, 가장 먼저 이 투어 예약을 확정했고, 이 후로 모든 퀸스타운 일정을 이 투어에 맞췄습니다. 그만큼 고대하고 있었던 투어이기도 합니다. 제가 반지의 제왕의 오랜 팬이기도 하고, 뚜벅이 여행이었기 때문에 걸어서는 못가는 촬영 명소를 다닐 수 있다는 소개에 굉장히 많이 기대를 했었는데요. 결론적으로는, 아래와 같은 상황으로 인해 제 2주간의 여행 일정 중에 최악의 시간이 되었습니다. 1. 당일 투어에 혼자 참석한 사람은 나밖에 없었고, 나머지는 모두 커플이거나 친구들, 가족이었음. 1-1. 처음 픽업 장소에서 만나 내가 먼저 반갑게 인사를 하였으나, 투어 가이드는 대답하지 않음. 1-2. 가이드가 "너는 혼자 왔으니," (문자 그대로 이렇게 말함) 앞쪽 1인 좌석에 앉으라고 함. 여기까지는 큰 불만은 아니었음. 2. 첫 투어 장소에서 내가 가이드에게 가장 먼저 사진을 찍어달라고 했음에도 불구하고 (다른 인원들은 이미 서로 사진을 찍어주고 있었음) 가이드는 나를 쳐다보지도 않고, 다른 사람들부터 찍어줘야하니 기다리라고 함. 가이드는 다른 사람들 모두를 찍어주고 난 뒤에야 나를 찍어줌. (다른 사람들은 심지어 가이드에게 사진을 찍어 달라고 부탁하지도 않았음.) 2-1. 가이드는 앞서 다른 사람들에게는 "아이폰 인물사진 모드로도 찍어주겠다"고도 먼저 권유하고, 각도와 위치를 바꿔서 정성껏 찍어주었음. 그러나 내 차례가 되었을 때, 가이드는 흔들린 사진 두 장을 찍고선 곧바로 다시 폰을 돌려줌 2-2. 사진을 확인해보니 흔들린데다 눈도 감고 있었기에 웃으며 "눈을 감았네요" 라고 말함. 그러자 가이드가 매우 귀찮아 하며 ("Did ya really?" 라고 되묻고는) 다시 폰 받아감. 다시 찍어준 사진도 굉장히 성의 없었음. 2-3. 이 과정이 굉장히 불쾌했고, 투어를 시작한지 20분도 채 지나지 않은 상황이었음. (고로 가이드가 나에게 기분이 나쁠 이유도 없는 상황이었고, 나는 매우 정중하게 가이드를 대하고 있었음.) 이후로 나는 다시는 가이드에게 사진을 찍어달라고 하지 않았음. 3. 10명 내외의 소규모 투어였기에 가이드는 모두에게 어디서 왔고, 뉴질랜드 어디를 다녔는지 등등의 스몰토크를 했으나, 나에게는 단 한 번도 질문하거나 말을 걸지 않음. 심지어 내가 먼저 질문 했을 때에도 대답하지 않음. 모두 우리 뒤에 천천히 걷고 있어서 가이드와 내가 나란히 걷고 있는 상황이었음. 3-1. 나는 해외에서 오래 살았고 영어를 한국어만큼 잘함. 다른 투어 인원들과는 무리없이 소통하였으므로 내가 영어를 못했기 때문에 발생한 문제는 아니라고 판단. 3-2. 이쯤 되어서는 "내가 "Book Me"로 반값에 결제를 했기 때문에 가이드가 차별을 하는건가?" 라는 의문이 듦. 처음 체크인할 때 결제처와 내가 지불한 가격이 적혀져 있는 것을 보았음. 4. 마지막 투어장소인 숲에서 코스튬을 입고 사진을 촬영하는 곳이 있었는데, 여기서도 가이드는 또 다시 "나한테만" 코스튬을 입거나 사진 촬영하는 것을 권하지 않았음. 30분 가까이 체류하는 곳이었고, 모든 투어 인원이 한번씩은 다 체험할 수 있었으나, 가이드는 나를 쳐다 보지도 않았고, 나에게는 말도 걸지 않았음. 4-1. 이때까지만해도 오해라고 생각하고 싶었음. 그래서 일부러 코스튬 앞에 줄을 서서 기다렸으나, 내가 바로 앞에 서있었음에도 불구하고, 가이드는 코스튬을 돌려받자 다른 그룹에게 먼저 입어보라고 권하였음. 이미 감정이 많이 상해서, 투어에 참여한 다른 가족이 나에게 "한번 입어보라"고 하였을때에도 거절함. 4-2. 이때는 같은 업체의 다른 투어도 함께 옷을 입고 사진을 찍었는데, 내가 혼자서 계속 서있자 다른 투어 가이드가 다가와 숲에 대해 알려주고 사진을 찍어줘도 될지 권하는 등 챙겨줬음. 저는 혼자서 여행을 굉장히 많이 다녔고, 이번 뉴질랜드 여행에서도 대부분의 투어에 혼자 참여하였습니다만 이렇게까지 기분이 더러웠던 적은 없었던 것 같습니다. 당일 일기에도 이렇게 적어두었습니다. "더 상세히 적고 싶지만 오늘의 기분이 뉴질랜드 여행을 다 정의해버릴까봐, 그냥 잊어버리고 싶다." 그렇게 잊고 싶었지만 두 달이 지난 시점까지 잊혀지지 않았기에, 구구절절 적어봅니다. 반지의 제왕 팬이라면 대충 알만한 이야기들을 장황하게 늘어 놓거나, 타 업체를 신랄하게 비난하는 모습도 썩 보기 좋진 않았습니다만, 가장 불쾌했던 것은 이 가이드의 태도였습니다. 물론 혼자 온 관광객이라고 과도한 관심을 보이거나 어린 아이처럼 챙겨주길 기대하는 것은 아닙니다. 그러나 이후로 참여한 여러 투어에서도 저만 혼자온 관광객이었던 경우가 대다수였지만, 단 한 번도 이 투어만큼 나를 무시하고 차별한다는 생각은 들지 않았습니다. (예시로 크라이스트처치에서 래프팅을 갔을 때는 50명이 넘는 그룹 중 저만 혼자였는데, 저희 그룹 가이드는 제가 뻘쭘하게 혼자 남는 상황이 될 때마다 늘 먼저 같이 가자고 권하거나, 말동무를 해주었습니다. 전체적으로 제가 불편함 없이 즐길 수 있게 도와줘서 정말 고마웠습니다.) 투어가 끝날 시점에는 화가 날 정도였으나, 그럼에도 불구하고 "투어 감사했습니다."라고 했는데 가이드는 다른 사람들에게는 모두 악수를 권하더니, 저에게는 "Buddy."라며 고개를 까딱 하더군요ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 가이드는 아마 끝까지 제 이름도 몰랐을 것 같습니다. 투어 마무리 즈음, 아이러니하게도 가이드는 이런 투어 업체는 고객 평가에 크게 의존하므로, 평가를 작성해 달라고 하더군요. 제 인생 최악의 투어. 최악의 4시간. 최악의 뉴질랜드였습니다.

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From Pure Glenorchy Half Day Lord of The Rings Scenic Tour

Kia ora Kelly, Thank you for joining us on our tour into Middle Earth. I have tried translating your review using Google but unfortunately parts don’t quite translate that well from Korean so I will respond the best I can and apologies if I miss anything. Your had our fantastic guide Joel that day who also happens to be the owner of the company. He mentioned that you were late for tour that day and also late back to the picnic causing the rest of the tour to be slightly more rushed that usual. I'm genuinely sorry that some of the photos that Joel took of you on your phone came out a bit blurry. If you read the rest of our amazing reviews you can see that our solo travelers love our tour. The front seat is usually a highly sought after commodity and we often offer it to solo travelers to make sure they feel involved and not left out. If Joel did not have the chance to chat to you about your plans in New Zealand then we do apologise. Our guides pride themselves on sharing their expert knowledge with the group and also adding that personal touch to conversations when time permits. In the Lothlorien forest we offer all our guests the opportunity to dress up like members from the fellowship and re-create some of their favourite scenes. You mentioned that our other tour guide (Ben that day) + another family both offered to take pictures of you dressed up in the amazing Lothlorein forest. We are sorry you did not take them up on their offers and hope you can appreciate that we try to encourage everyone to join in on the fun! It sounds like we did not meet your expectations and for this we do apologise as we pride ourselves on being the No.1 rated LOTR tour in Queenstown. In future please do not wait 2 months to send feedback - this is a long time to hold onto negative energy, not good for anyone. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip in New Zealand and had a safe journey back home! Warmest regards, Kate & The Pure Glenorchy team

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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