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Rover Rings

Wellington, New Zealand
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John and Les C wrote a review Mar 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand376 contributions159 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our afternoon. We were picked up by Laura and alas, we were the only two on the tour (that's Covid for you! - hopefully things will pick up). We really enjoyed our tour - Weta Workshop is very interesting and our guide Emily was very enthusiastic. We also did the Thunderbirds tour which was one of the highlights for us. Laura then took us to Mt Victoria and showed us some LotR film locations and the scenes that were shot there - Laura was very friendly and knowledgable and made the afternoon an enjoyable one.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Debi wrote a review Feb 2021
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We had the best day. We came into Wgtn from Alk just to do this tour then went home again. It was worth it. For me the best part was at each location seeing the photos of the iconic scenes filmed there and then talking through how each scene was achieved. Our guide Laura was infinately knowledgeable which was great for my son who was able to geek out a little on discussion about the films and the books between destinations. It was an awesome overview of the films, and the New Zealand film industry. Weta Workshop is as always a fascinating place to visit. My Son (20) and myself were the only 2 on the tour as school holidays were ending and Covid still had the borders closed so we had and amazing private tour so grateful they still run regardless of numbers. It made for an even better experience for us.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Rover Rings
Responded 3 Feb 2021
Thanks for your feedback! We're very happy we could take you on the full day tour and even happier that you enjoyed it! Thanks, Rover Rings Tours
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torilee23 wrote a review Jan 2021
Waipu, New Zealand5 contributions
For any Lord of the Rings fans; I highly recommend doing a half day tour with Rover Rings Tour. We were picked up by Phil the very friendly and charismatic guide, who really knows his stuff not only about LOTR but also Wellington City. Firstly we were taken to the top of Mt Victoria Lookout and where Phil shared some interesting history facts about the city including earthquake history and he showed us where fault lines can be seen from the lookout. Then we headed to see a few filming locations where the LOTR Fellowship of the ring movie was shot - including a very well known scene: “Get off the Road”. All complete with amazing facts and stories about the movies from our guide - who clearly is a big fan of LOTR too! Some great photo opportunities here too. We then jumped back into the big comfortable van and headed over to the Weta Workshop in Miramar, all with great commentary facts from Phil on the way about the cast of LOTR, where other locations out of Wellington are and the NZ filming industry. We arrived at Weta Workshops, greater by some Cave Trolls. This is where all the NZ film magic happens. We got to see some great costumes, weapons, and other props used in many different films - not just NZ ones. We even managed to get a wee class in how to make things/props etc at home - which meant all Mr 7 wanted to do afterwards was stop at the shops to get some tin foil to make things back at the motel - Perfect! There’s a great gift shop at the workshop and the staff there know their stuff too! We finished off with a scenic drive through Oriental Bay on your way back to the city, all again commentated by Phil’s great knowledge of the area, including food recommendations and other activities. If your thinking of going on this tour, do it within your first or second day as it is a LOTR Tour, but it is also partly a guided tour of Wellington from a local! Thank you Rover Tours and a special thanks to Phil for your knowledge and charismatic friendly nature which definitely made the tour fun, factual, and with some great laughs on the way too! Cheers Tori
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Rover Rings
Responded 31 Jan 2021
Hi Tori, Thanks for your awesome review! Phil is delighted to hear you had a good time as are the rest of us! Thanks, Rover Rings Tours
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aidsnang wrote a review Jan 2021
Morrinsville, New Zealand209 contributions66 helpful votes
A day well spent for a family of LOTR fans. Grant was our host and spent the day sharing his knowledge and personally engaging each of the participants. The locations were picturesque and the photos that Grant shared were invaluable to help link the landscape now to scenes filmed for the movies 20 years ago. Throughout the day our guide constantly ensured we were comfortable, safe and informed. Very accommodating, friendly, and professional. We loved visiting Weta workshop & cave as well which is a souvenir wonderland.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Rover Rings
Responded 21 Jan 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable and engaging guides. I will pass along your review to Grant.
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arlene wrote a review Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand61 contributions35 helpful votes
It was a well spent day. I am a huge LOTR fan and excited to see the filming locations throughout NZ. Kudos to our guide Wyatt who has done a very great job. He knows a lot about the franchise you can ask him anything. You can actually tour around the locations on your own but it's also good to hear stories about them. After a good lunch at a very nice place, we headed to more locations and then to Weta Cave. It was such an amazing tour especially if you have watched the movies they were involved in. So yeah it was a great day.
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Response from Rover-Rings, Manager at Rover Rings
Responded 8 Jan 2021
Hi Arlene, Thanks for your review! Like Wyeth, all our guides are fans of the movies. We always try to find fans and turn them into guides rather than vice-versa, so we always love showing people around! Thanks, Rover Rings Tours
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