Visit some spots in Wellington, New Zealand that were used as the filming set of the Lord of the Ring movies and some important places related to the movie.
Immerse yourself in the magical world of the Lord of the Rings
The first spot is Mount Victoria, that is easy to reach as it is located in Wellington Central. This place is where the Hobbits hid from the ring wraiths just outside of The Shire in the first Lord of the Rings movie. Here, you will be hiking and find a signpost of the movie, located on the first right turn. Then, when you go down and follow the track, there is the steep bank where the Hobbits found some mushrooms. The trick when you are going to this place yourself is to find the spot where the Hobbits hid from the ring wraiths, and where Frodo sat to smoke a pipe. Of course if you are not sure, then you can ask the local and they will point it to you.
Next is the Putangirua Pinnacles. Even for you who are not a fan of the trilogy, this place is recommended because of the stunning view of the weathered pillars of rock. For you who have watched the movies, you must have recognized this place from the scenes Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli search for the Army of the Undead on the place known as the Dimholt Road. If you want to walk through this place, then you better prepare for a long walk. There are two choices to reach the perfect spot to enjoy the view. The first one is the short way that will take about 2 hours and the scenic route that can take up to 4 hours but will give you a better view of the nature.
Hutt River and Poet's Park
Hutt River was filmed to show a part of River Anduin, where The Fellowship of the Ring travelled in boats after leaving Lothlorien. While the Poet's Park is the location where the boats were launched. To enjoy the nature, you can ride a bike or walk along between the Moonshine Bridge and the Poet's Park that are in the Upper Hutt section. If you want to see the other parts of River Anduin, then you will have to find them in Queenstown in the South Island.
Queen Elizabeth Park and Dry Creek Quarry
Though these two locations might not have the most amazing views, yet these places play important roles in the Lord of the Rings movies. Queen Elizabeth Park that is located on the Kapiti Coast was partly used as the Pelennor Fields, that is also in the final battle scene in the fields surrounding Minas Tirith. The other parts of Pelennor Fields are located in Twizel on the South Island. While Dry Creek Quarry was the set of Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith in The Two Towers. However, you might be not too familiar with the scenery as it was changed with the sets to depict the fortifications used in the last battle scene of The Two Towers.
Weta Cave and Workshop
Though this place is not a filming location, yet Weta Cave and Workshop is also an important part of the trilogy. The place is part of the studios that created the props, costumes, and even the special effects used by the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The Weta Cave is a mini museum that can be entered for free. Here, you can also shop for souvenirs related to the movie. While in the workshop, you can watch a short video that shows you about the works done in the Weta Workshop. You can also join a tour of the Weta Workshop to know more about the stories behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings and see as they make new props and costumes for new movies.
How to Get Tickets?
There are some sites that can be entered without tickets and some that needed tickets. If you already know where to go, then you can check each site and book for tickets online before you are going to the locations.
How To Get Around?
It depends on where you are going. But most of the places can be explored by walking, while some of them can also be explored using a bike.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dress code for joining the Wellington Lord of the Ring tour. However, as most places are outdoor, then be noted to always check the weather before you go and wear comfortable shoes that fit for a long walk.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Wellington is between December and February, when the weather is not too hot and there is a small chance of rain. However, be noted that these months are the busiest period for tourists. For other options, you can go in spring that is between September and November, or during autumn season that lasts from March to May.
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Will I Need a Guide?
For an easier trip, then you can look for a guided tour that will give you many options for package tours. This way, you don't need to think about where to go and how to go to the locations. However, if you prefer to enjoy your own Wellington Lord of the Ring tour, then you can ask the local instead to show you the places you want to go.
How To Get There?
The easiest way to get around the locations is by driving a car. If you have the license, then you can rent one and travel on your own. Another option is by using the public transportation in Wellington that can take you to a lot of places easily. You can also check the schedule and the route of the public transportations online.