4x4 Tour of Landscapes from The Lord of the Rings in the Wakatipu Basin

4x4 Tour of Landscapes from The Lord of the Rings in the Wakatipu Basin

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Go gold panning during a relaxing tea break

A 4x4 tour in the mountains around Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin

See landscapes that feature in key scenes of Lord of the Rings

Essential information *

4 hours



Starting time
8:15 AM , 1:30 PM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation.


Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters from The Lord of the Rings in an off-road adventure through the superb natural landscapes of the Wakatipu Basin!

You will leave Queenstown and travel to the basin and gorges of Kawarau, where the famous scene with the Argonath, the Pillars of Kings, was filmed. You will then head to The Remarkables, a magnificent mountain range. From here, you can enjoy a panoramic view over Deer Park Heights, the site where the Rohan refugees fled during the battle with the Wargs. The landscapes are quite simply breathtaking!

As you leave the Kawarau Gorge, you will head towards Arrowtown to discover the forest clearing where the loss of the One Ring by Isildur was filmed. Experience a true off-road adventure as you leave the tourist trails and head into the true countryside – you'll even cross the same river where the Ford of Bruinen scene was filmed. Take a tea break at this spot and and make the most of your time by trying your hand at gold panning.

Finally you will head to the entrance to Skippers Canyon to discover the spectacular views over the Wakatipu Basin. At the end of the day you will be driven back to your hotel in Queenstown.

Good to know

  • Availability: every day (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Duration: 4 hours approx.
  • Departure time: 8:15am or 1:30pm (hotel pick-up around 10 minutes before the chosen time)
  • Language: English
  • To take part in this activity simply present your voucher to the local tour operator on the day
  • This activity is subject to cancellation if there is only 1 participant. In this case, a refund or an alternative date will be proposed

Price includes

  • The guided 4x4 tour in the mountains of Queenstown and the plains of the Wakatipu Basin
  • Visits to numerous sites where scenes from the Lord of the Rings were filmed
  • Use of gold panning equipment
  • Refreshments
  • The services of a professional driver / guide (commentary in English)
  • Return transport from your hotel in Queenstown

Price doesn’t include

  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras



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