Join us on an epic Tour through Middle-Earthtm New Zealand
Red Carpet Tours are the original and premier Lord of the Rings tour company operating since 2001. Join us on our next journey and be a part of a fellowship of like-minded people as we travel through breath-taking Middle-earth, New Zealand.
Middle-earth, LOTR, The Hobbit, One Ring and The Lord of The Rings, and the characters, places, items and events therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used with permission by Red Carpet Tours.
Lord of The Rings Filming Locations Visited
In the midst of endless rolling green hills flecked with white sheep is the village of Hobbiton. Be prepared to be transported to the peaceful region of Middle-earth™ where Bilbo Baggins lived and theRead More
Although the area is better known for the Waitomo Caves and glow worms, the Mangaotaki Valley near Piopio also featured in The Hobbit where it became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaw ForestTrollshaw
Barrel Rider River
Pelorus River is a stunning location where Bilbo and the 13 Dwarves had to ride down the rapids in their barrels!Know More
Wellington is in many ways the heart of the movie fan's experience, being the home to the Weta Workshop & Cave, Weta Digital, Park Road Post Productions,Motion Capture Studio & Stone Street Studios.Know More
South of Rivendell
Nelson is one of New Zealand's sunniest regions with three National Parks that extend from the mountains to the sea, forming some magnificent Middle-earth locations.Know More
Twizel was purpose-built in the 1960s to provide a home for workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme.The cast spent one month here for filming.Know More
This southern city is the gateway to the vast open Canterbury landscapes and a great base from which to approach Edoras and Lake-town.Know More
Lake Pukaki is the largest lake in the area, and it proudly shows off New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/ Mount Cook.Know More
The surrounding landscape of Queenstown played a key role in The Lord of the Rings films; you can discover a range of memorable sites.Know More
What makes our tours special
100% kiwi guides
The only authorised LOTR Tour company
Family owned and operated
Exclusive access to LOTR movie locations
Fan based and focused
Operating since 2001 with 5 star reviews
14 Day LOTR Tour
This 14 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is our most popular tour. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth, traveling from...
10 Day LOTR Tour
Our 10 day Lord of the Rings Tours will take you from the capital Wellington to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown.
September Hobbit Celebration Tour
Our special 12 day Lord Of The Rings tour will take you on a Middle-earth adventure from Queenstown through to Auckland. This particular tour...
Deals and Specials
LOTR December Anniversary Tour
Join us this December for an exclusive Lord of the Rings Film Anniversary...
Winter Tours of Middle-earth
This 12 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is designed specially...
Weta Workshop Unleashed
02 January 2021
Weta Workshop Unleashed is an extension of their creative work and reflects all the talented people who work on the films
Artists of Film
28 August 2020
A Weta Workshop Artist, Reece Dixon shares with us some insights into his career with Weta and the pieces of art he has worked on for films.
Getting used to the new normal
01 May 2020
As the world adjusts to the new normal we want to keep you all updated as we get through this together, so here is what you need to know about
What people have said
Everything about this tour was amazing! Our tour guide Julie is a true LOTR fan, and made sure everybody was looked after. The locations were well researched and meaningful. Even after the tour ended, Julie has kept in touch as we all went our separate ways and travelled home to various parts of...
This is the best and ONLY way for a LOtR/Hobbit fan to experience New Zealand. Julie and her team are fantastic, knowledgeable people who, you can tell, put so much time and effort into making sure your experience with them is an amazing one! You will not regret choosing them as your guides...
My second tour through Middle Earth (New Zealand) was just as wonderful as the first, the locations you are taken to are just amazing. Best suited for people with interest in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, you make so many friends throughout your journey that you become your own...
This was a trip of a lifetime. I honestly couldn’t imagine seeing Middle Earth any other way. Julie is amazing and truly cultivated an experience that I will treasure forever. If you’re thinking about booking this trip—just do it. I promise that you will have the time of your life.
I went solo and am a bit of an introvert, but Julie and the rest of the tour members made this an unforgettable experience and made me feel right at home. This was number one on my bucket list and it exceeded my expectations across the board. If you're contemplating booking this tour, just...
Traveling New Zealand with RCT and Julie was amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime (but I hope to do it again!). It was very well put together and we got to see such amazing sites and do so many awesome things. I can't even name what my favorite part of the whole tour was because it was...
I don’t have enough good things to say about this incredible experience. Our guide Julie is so knowledgeable and fun about everything LOTR AND New Zealand in general! My husband and I went for our belated honeymoon and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. You’re fed like Hobbits...
Taylor & Nick L
Just returned as part of the February 2023 Fellowship with Red Carpet Tours and it was one of the best trips of my life. I've been wanting to do this for years and was worried my expectations might be too high, but it was amazing and I wish it didn't have to end! Love the family...
From first contact with the James family, and the Lord of the Rings-Red Carpet Tours, you are in the best of hands. You expect so much on the tour but you receive so much more. I came back from my first tour believing I'd never have a better, truly satisfying experience, and they could...
With Julie James as our guide (Feb. 2018) on the 14 day tour... it was excellent! She always took every effort and opportunity to see to everyone's requests. The hotels we stayed in were wonderful. The meals were delicious. But the tour itself??? Awesome!!! We had big LOTR and the Hobbit...