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Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

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Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Enjoy 360 degree views of the mountainous terrain from the summit of Edoras
  • Hear informative and entertaining commentary from your friendly guide
  • Sit down to a delicious picnic lunch with Champagne
  • Includes round-trip travel from your Christchurch hotel
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Picnic lunch with sparkling wine
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Canterbury Museum , 11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Tours depart from outside the main entrance of the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Pass By:  
Canterbury Museum
Depart from outside the front entrance of the Canterbury Museum.
Stop At:  
Mount Somers
A quick stop is made at the Mount Somers Hall so guests can use the toilets.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Clearwater
Guests will stop at the stunning Lake Clearwater for an amazing photo opportunity.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount Sunday
Arrive at the stunning location of Mount Sunday and see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt Potts Lodge
Arrive at another scenic location for your picnic lunch. Guests will have another opportunity to use the toilets at this location.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear good footwear and bring along a warm jacket
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hassle-Free Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "A can't recommend this tour highly enough - do yourself a favor and go if you're traveling through Christchurch." See review


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Enjoyable. Insightful. Picturesque.
, Feb 2020
Really enjoyable tour. Our guide was friendly, informative and articulate with interesting insights on New Zealand and the site where one of the scenes from Lord of Rings was filmed. Quite beautiful. Richard
Visit to Edoras
, Jan 2020
This was a scenic and at times exciting tour but a bit too long. Lunch was very good at the farm station. The lake stops were not as interesting as Edoras where more time could have been spent.
Striding on the soil of Edoras
, Nov 2019
Amazing view from Edoras and an entertaining drive with 6weel bus ,one must do experience for every LOTR fan absolutely !
The big splash
, Nov 2019
An absolutely enjoyable trip Collected on time kept fully informed by Stephen about where we were going and what we going to be doing. The final part of the journey was after heavy rain in the area so the rivers were full. This led to some proper off road driving. The walk to the top of Esteros was not too tiring ( I am 70 years young) The views are wonderful and well worth the journey
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Beyond expectations
, Oct 2019
Weather wasnt great and i had my doubts, but Chris kept it positive and im pretty sure he arranged the snow and clouds to disappear to give us the most wonderful day of our holiday. Jaw dropping scenery. Great commentary. Cosy small group. Loved it.
Beautiful, fun, adventure.
, Jun 2019
Maria picked us up at our hotel a few minutes early. I love it when people are timely. :) We spent the day learning loads about Christchurch and the Canterbury region in addition to the film locations. Since the footing was slippery due to snow the day before, we didn't go up the hill. I think her alternative was even better! She took us further up the valley so we could see Helms Deep. Lunch was fairly basic picnic fare, but delish and fresh. She had keys to get places the general public can't go, and driving through a river is pretty fun. A can't recommend this tour highly enough - do yourself a favor and go if you're traveling through Christchurch.
This tour was incredible! As a Lord...
Jordan V
, 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.
We took the Journey to Edoras tour...
, 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.
Great fun and the guides sure know...
, Mar 2018
Great fun and the guides sure know their stuff to keep you safe.
even though it started out raining we...
Lisa M
, Mar 2018
even though it started out raining we had a great day. Mike was a wonderful guide.

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