Only 1.5 hours drive from Dunedin is one of the filming sites for the first Hobbit movie "An Unexpected Journey".
Set in the hills near beautiful Middlemarch is the rugged rocky terrain which was the setting for an exciting chase scene. Orcs on Wargs pursue the brown wizard Radagast on his sled drawn by Rhosgobel rabbits. Meanwhile Thorin Oakenshield, his band of dwarves and Gandalf the Grey make a dash for safety. The rocky outcrops provide some shelter for Thorin and his crew, however one Orc picks up their scent. Riding his terrifying Warg the Orc mounts the huge rock they are taking cover behind. Watch the clip below to see what happens.
The visit to the Hobbit filming site is suitable for Cruise Ship passengers as we can visit the site and get you back to your ship without time pressure.
For other visitors to Dunedin with more time to spare we can offer the day trip to the Hobbit filming site and a scenic trip home via the Eastern Coast.
For those with even more time flexibility we can combine the visit to the Hobbit site with a visit to a Lord of the Rings filming site in Central Otago. This is a full day tour the can start in Dunedin and finish in Queenstown or vice versa.
We do have a minimum of 6 required for this tour.
Tour Duration: 7 hours
Start Time: 9:30 am from ship’s wharf at Port Chalmers or pick up at your accommodation in town.
Tour Price: NZ$179 (approx US$116) per person. For smaller groups please contact us for charter rate options.
Activity Level: light (sturdy walking shoes are required for the Hobbit filming site)
Prices include transport to and from ship’s wharf, a packed lunch as well as attraction entry fees.
NOTE: Tours run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10 people. This tour is very weather dependent. Please check the weather forecast and our cancellation policy when booking this tour.