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1 Weta Workshop...There & Back Again
Weta Workshop...There & Back Again

Secrets of the movies fr £46pp

Made famous by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Weta Workshop is world renowned for creating incredible movie props and practical effects. On this popular family tour you begin with a behind the scenes film showcasing the company's history before a workshop technician takes you on a journey filled with real films props and working artists.


Enjoy seeing and learning about the creative process from start to finish and relive the magic of countless movies. The tour lasts for around two and a half hours and is perfect for Lord of the Rings fans who are visiting Wellington. This great New Zealand city has lots of attractions and this tour is certainly up with the best of them.

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1 Weta Workshop...There & Back Again

Weta Workshop...There & Back Again

2 Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary By Night
Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary By Night

Spot the wild kiwi fr £46pp

Join your guide at the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located at the end of Waiapu Road, Karori, about five minutes drive from the centre of the city, to begin your Night Tour of this award winning attraction. With more than 225 hectares of regenerating native forest and 40 species of birds, it is a unique, world-first eco-attraction.


Discover the story of New Zealand's natural history and conservation movement with a brand new, world class interactive exhibition. Afterwards, your guide will lead you on a torch lit expedition into the world's first fenced urban wildlife sanctuary, in search of the rare sights and sounds of New Zealand's native bush. This fun tour lasts fro around two and a half hours.

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2 Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary By Night

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary By Night

3 Lord of The Rings & Weta Cave Tour
Lord of The Rings & Weta Cave Tour

Magic of the movies fr £51pp

You are picked up from your accommodation and taken to the Wellington Information Centre, the departure point of your morning or afternoon tour. Then join your guide to begin a Lord of the Rings Half Day trip around the Wellington region exploring the film locations and pass the Embassy Movie theatre that held the world premier of Return of the King where 100,000 people gathered to watch.

Then it's up to Mt Victoria. After a quick stop at the lookout, your guide will drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here you will walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. Next stop is the Weta Cave and Workshop Exhibition for a guided tour of the prop-making and make-up side of Weta Studios. This fun tour lasts for four hours then you are dropped off back at your hotel.

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3 Lord of The Rings & Weta Cave Tour

Lord of The Rings & Weta Cave Tour

4 Middle Earth Filming Locations
Middle Earth Filming Locations

Get down to Earth fr £94pp

This half-day tour reveals the key film locations within an hour of central Wellington and is a must for any Lord of the Rings fans. Highlights include the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, and the sites of Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith. Stroll where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul, through the elf kingdom of Rivendell and beside the Fords of Isen.

Called the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, classy cafe and restaurant culture and active outdoor lifestyle. Set around an attractive waterfront, you'll be hard pressed to find any city that's easier to get around. Wellington has more more cafes, bars and restaurants than New York and this creative, cosmopolitan city combines sophistication with the warmth and personality of a village.

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4 Middle Earth Filming Locations

Middle Earth Filming Locations

5 Northern Explorer Train
Northern Explorer Train

Train with the best view fr £101pp

This one way train journey from Wellington to Auckland on the Northern Explorer takes you through the heart of the North Island, travelling between New Zealand's arts and culture capital and Auckland, the country's largest city and home of the Sky Tower. Along the way you pass the central North Island ski towns of Ohakune and National Park, and see fantastic views through the panoramic windows or open air viewing decks.

The train passes though farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges. All carriages feature the large panoramic windows giving sweeping views of the magnificent North Island. The Observation carriage includes a mix of seating including lounge style which is arranged at the very rear of this glass backed carriage enabling you to enjoy a totally unique experience.

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5 Northern Explorer Train

Northern Explorer Train

6 Kapiti Island Day Tour
Kapiti Island Day Tour

A date with nature fr £103pp

This is a full day trip from Wellington to one of New Zealand's most revered nature reserves. Kapiti Island is home to an internationally famed reserve protecting some of the world's rarest and most endangered birds. After driving around Wellington's beautiful harbour and on to the coast, you take a 10 minute ferry trip to Kapiti Island, passing through a marine reserve.

Once on the island, you are guided along the bush trails and coastal tracks among rare native birds and bush. Lunch is at the remote Kapiti Nature Lodge, before having time to explore the lowlands of the Waiorua Valley. The return ferry trip leaves from nearby the lodge, and takes you back to the mainland. This fascinating tour ends around 5.30.

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6 Kapiti Island Day Tour

Kapiti Island Day Tour

7 Interislander Ferry
Interislander Ferry

From North to South fr £104pp

However long your are staying in New Zealand you must make at least one crossing from the North to the South Island on one of the famous Interislander Ferries. You can take your car with you on the ferry from Wellington across the Cook Straits to Picton or go as a foot passenger and enjoy the journey which takes you past rugged and beautiful scenery.


Called the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, classy cafe and restaurant culture and active outdoor lifestyle. Set around an attractive waterfront, you'll be hard pressed to find any city that's easier to get around. Wellington combines sophistication with the warmth and personality of a village but it's worth leaving all this behind for a day to make this popular journey.

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7 Interislander Ferry

Interislander Ferry

8 Martinborough Wine Tour
Martinborough Wine Tour

Take the wine train fr £110pp

Experience the magic of Martinborough on this all inclusive, guided and informative wine tour of the award-winning region. This is the only wine tour in New Zealand incorporating a one hour train journey that leaves Wellington and travels along the beautiful western shore. At the head of the Hutt Valley the train enters New Zealand's longest tunnel as it travels through the Rimutuka Ranges into the beautiful Wairarapa countryside.

At Featherston you board a coach with other wine enthusiasts who have chosen to begin their tour from the Wairarapa. Visit four of the area's wineries, allowing plenty of time to taste and be informed about the characteristics of the various wines. Enjoy an included lunch at one of the many local cafes then there is time to browse the village's craft shops, galleries and the Martinborough Wine Centre before returning to the city.

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8 Martinborough Wine Tour

Martinborough Wine Tour

9 Palliser Bay Seals + Lord of the Rings
Palliser Bay Seals + Lord of the Rings

Seal of approval fr £120pp

Get off the beaten track and travel along Hutt River, aka The Lord of the Rings Great River Anduin, which in movie lore flows through Middle Earth between the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood. Stop at Hobbiton Woods located on Mount Victoria, which has spectacular 360-degree views of Wellington's harbour and hills. Also visit Helms Deep, where the Orcs battled King Theodore of Rohan to overtake his stronghold.

Next discover the Elvin home of Rivendell, where Frodo recovered from the powerful Ring Wraiths' attack. In addition to the film sites, you'll travel over the magnificent Rimutaka Hill and Tararua Ranges, through charming villages, and stop for wine tasting and lunch in the famous Martinborough region. Before returning to Wellington, cruise along rugged and unspoilt Palliser Bay for unique and personal encounters with a huge fur seal colony.

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9 Palliser Bay Seals + Lord of the Rings

Palliser Bay Seals + Lord of the Rings