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Time9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

Visit Edoras of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame on this full-day excursion by 4WD vehicle to the peak of New Zealand’s Mt Sunday. Get a look at exclusive photos of Edoras under construction and learn from a knowledgeable LOTR guide about its transformation from tranquil countryside to mythical capital city of the Rohan people. Pose with replica props from the popular trilogy, such as Aragorn’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch plus a picnic lunch with sparkling wine.
  • 9-hour 'Lord of the Rings' adventure to mystical Edoras, from Christchurch
  • Enjoy 360 degree views of the mountainous terrain from the summit of Edoras
  • Hear informative and entertaining commentary from your friendly guide
  • See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction
  • Handle movie replicas such as King Theoden’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan
  • Sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with Champagne
  • Includes round-trip travel from your Christchurch hotel
Your The Lord of the Rings day trip to the fictional village of Edoras in New Zealand’s Canterbury Region begins with morning pickup from your hotel. Hop into the 4WD vehicle for a drive west to Mt Sunday, better-known to LOTR fans as Edoras — the capital of Rohan and home to Meduseld, the hall of King Theoden.

You’ll bump along rocky terrain and traverse narrow streams en route to Edoras. On arrival at the movie site, follow in the footsteps of the noblewoman Eowyn, and stand at the summit for 360-degree views over alpine lakes, mountain peaks and high-country farmland below.

Your guide shares behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction and points out significant geographical features of Middle-earth, including the Misty Mountains, the river Snowbourn and the valley of Harrowdale against the imposing Helms Deep. Learn why this particular site was selected by director Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Enjoy a picnic lunch (see the Itinerary for a sample menu) with a glass of sparkling wine, and pose for photos with replica props such as the flag of Rohan, Gimli’s axe, or the sword of Aragorn or King Theoden. Then hop back in your 4WD vehicle for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your Edoras excursion comes to an end.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
  • Sandwiches
  • Piece of cake
  • Orange juice
  • Glass of sparkling wine
Please advise any special dietary requirements at time of booking

Reviews

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m
, Sep 2018

Great tour even if one's not a fan of LOTR. The scenery is simply breathtaking and worth the trip. The tour guide Maria was very knowledgeable and an awesome companion for the trip. Highly recommended.

J
, Jun 2018

This tour was incredible! As a Lord of the Rings fan it was a fantastic experience! The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. While it was a long drive they stopped as needed and played behind the scenes videos etc. to keep us entertained for the drive. Once at Mt. Sunday we were driven on to the mountain and did a small walk up to the top for an incredible photo opportunity and time to explore. However, be prepared for strong winds while on top.

G
, May 2018

We took the Journey to Edoras tour on April 1. The weather was clear and still, our guide was friendly, and we had beautiful views of Mount Sunday and the surrounding valley. Our guide had pictures of what it looked like when they filmed, and you could be forgiven for expecting a troop of horsemen to come across the plain. Lots of time for pictures on the hill, and a nice lunch, too. We even met a herd of curious goats along the way. Recommended for both LOTR fans and anyone who wants to see some stunning scenery.

s
, Mar 2018

Great fun and the guides sure know their stuff to keep you safe.

L
, Mar 2018

even though it started out raining we had a great day. Mike was a wonderful guide.

C
, Feb 2018

Long ride but the destination was worth it.

Z
, Jan 2018

The guide was very nice, 4-wheels drive car was great, the view in the mountains was wonderful

J
, Jan 2018

The Edoras is hard to drive to so a tour is definitely a better option. When I booked the tour I had the doubt if it might be worth it but after the whole day I’d say it is definitely worthwhile. Very helpful and friendly driver and tour guide contributed to a very organised day trip.

R
, Oct 2017

Good trip. Interesting conversations.

L
, Oct 2017

This was a brilliant tour, well worth the money and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is staying in Christchurch. The tour guide was informative and entertaining, including everyone in the tour and full of interesting information. He had lots of information about the places we were seeing as well as New Zealand as a whole. To be able to stand on top of Mt Sunday, especially with the snow creating a winter wonderland effect, was excellent. This tour made my holiday and I would definitely look at similar tours in the future.


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