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Safari of the Scenes 4WD Adventure

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1

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$195

South Island
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Overview

Discover the magical side of New Zealand and find out why this magnificent country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. The Queenstown region featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy. Nomad Safaris operate two different Lord of the Rings tours. The Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu (Tour A) combines a true 4WD tour with film locations from the LOTR trilogy. The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy (Tour B) is the perfect sightseeing trip through the valleys beyond Glenorchy encompassing pivotal Lord of the Rings Scenes. Both Safaris of the Scenes can be done in one day for a truly exciting experience.

There are two different "Safari of the Scenes" Lord of the Rings tours. The Safari of the Scenes - Wakatipu (Tour A) combines a true 4WD tour with movie locations from the LOTR trilogy. The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy (Tour B) is the ideal sightseeing tour through the valleys beyond Glenorchy including crucial Lord of the Rings Scenes. Both Safaris of the Scenes can be completed in one day for a really thrilling experience.

Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy with Nomad Safaris

Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin with Nomad Safaris

Safari of the Scenes with Nomad Safaris

Safari of the Scenes with Nomad Safaris

Wakatipu Basin (Tour A)

The ideal trip for people that desire the excitement of an off road adventure but also feel like discovering exciting Lord of the Rings film sites. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as a range of mountains right through the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this stunning mountain range 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 we drive to Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving Kawarau Gorge the tour continues on to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Near Arrowtown you will experience some real off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can treat yourself to morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

From Arrowtown you journey to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will see amazing panoramic views of Wakatipu Basin and Skippers Canyon.

Glenorchy (Tour B)

For Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, this is the trip that really takes you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognisable film locations and spectacular natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the route.

Past Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the magnificent filming site for Isengard. This setting presents dramatic views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise you will discover the setting for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the site of the Ithilien Camp.

The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy also includes scenes from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Cost per person

October 2017 - September 2018

Half Day Wakatipu Basin or Glenorchy
6 Seater

  • Adult: NZ$195
  • Child: NZ$95

4 Seater, guaranteed Forward Facing Seats

  • Adult: NZ$295
  • Child: NZ$195

Full Day Combined Tour
6 Seater

  • Adult: NZ$395
  • Child: NZ$190

4 Seater, guaranteed Forward Facing Seats

  • Adult: NZ$595
  • Child: NZ$390

Private vehicle charter

  • Half-day: NZ$975/vehicle
  • Full Day: NZ$1975/vehicle

Child Age: 4-14 years inclusive
0-3 yrs free of charge

Wakatipu Basin (Tour A)

The ideal trip for people that desire the excitement of an off road adventure but also feel like discovering exciting Lord of the Rings film sites. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as a range of mountains right through the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this stunning mountain range 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 we drive to Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving Kawarau Gorge the tour continues on to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Near Arrowtown you will experience some real off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can treat yourself to morning or afternoon tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning.

From Arrowtown you journey to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will see amazing panoramic views of Wakatipu Basin and Skippers Canyon.

Glenorchy (Tour B)

For Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, this is the trip that really takes you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognisable film locations and spectacular natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the route.

Past Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the magnificent filming site for Isengard. This setting presents dramatic views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise you will discover the setting for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you stop at 12 Mile Delta to discover the site of the Ithilien Camp.

The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy also includes scenes from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

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