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Four Wheel Drive - Nomad Safaris of the Scenes Queenstown

Lord of the Rings Four Wheel Drive Tour

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Save yourself a lot of time, money, and headache and simply book directly from the tour operators, and do NOT use this middle agency travel group. We had booked a Lord of the Rings Tour (four days in advance from the tour date on their website) and then the day before the tour they call us to tell us that the tour is actually fully booked and they couldn't book it for us. I called the actual tour company directly and they told me that if I simply booked from them (Nomad Safaris) directly that there was plenty of space and availability three days earlier. We only had 4 days in Queenstown so every day was precious and so we completely missed out on the opportunity to do that excursion.

We then re-routed our money with this same tour company "Everything New Zealand" and asked them to book us a flight to Milford Sound instead to replace the LOTR tour. Everything New Zealand gave us very incomplete instructions about where to meet the tour operator. We tried calling them and emailing them repeatedly even the morning of and they never actually just gave us the address of where the shuttle was supposed to pick us up.

If instead, we booked directly from Glenorchy Air (the company that runs the tour to Milford Sound) we would have avoided that entire 3 hours of scrambling and headache that morning. In the end, it turned out that tour got canceled last minute because of bad weather and so Everything New Zealand refunded us (which was good) EXCEPT they wouldn't refund us in USD which is what we paid for everything in, and instead returned it to us in NZD. We lost money because of the conversion cost and when I asked them to return my money in USD they said they couldn't do that.

The representatives of this company on the phone were all very kind and friendly. And I'm sure they all mean very well. But this "tour agency" really ruined 2 of the 4 days that we had in Queenstown and all of it could have been avoided if we just booked directly from the source.

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We never got to go on this tour because we booked it through Everything New Zealand but then they never actually booked it for us through Nomad Safari.

Reviewed 27-Feb-2023

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We had an awesome tour guide who was originally from South Africa. He knew a lot and explained everything. Took his time for stops so we could take amazing photos. We drove over most scary roads but our tour guide had it all under control!

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Reviewed 23-Feb-2018

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Very informative and friendly

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Again very informative and friendly

Reviewed 18-Oct-2017

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We had a wonderful day and enjoyed everything about the tour. The driver, Simon was great and had good knowledge of the area plus he made a good cup of tea 😀 We were picked up on time and looked after through out.

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Great tour. Nice to see where the movie locations were up close and the scenery was spectacular.

Reviewed 22-Apr-2017

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Traffic caused us to miss the most important part of the Lord of the Rings sites tour - actually seeing the Lord of the Rings sites. Was very disappointed and unable to make up for it in our trip after coming all the way from the US

Reviewed 08-Jan-2016

Reply from Everything Travel Group

Sorry to hear that you missed some of the best parts of the tour due to the traffic. Queenstown is not normally known for its busy streets, but during the busy summer school holiday period it can get a bit hectic. Usually the drivers make up the time but you must have just got a particularly bad day. If you are planning on coming back to NZ or even heading over to Australia I'd like to offer you a gift voucher to make up in some small way for what you missed out on. If you can't use it then you are welcome to pass it on to one of your travelling friends or family. Please email us and mention this and I'll sort one out for you. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your feedback.

Callum Goodall
Everything Travel

Posted 09-Jan-2016

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Queries were answered quickly

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Good tour if short on time, driver was nice lady with appreciation for her surroundings. And knew about LOTRs which the tour follows to different locations.

Reviewed 23-Dec-2015

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awesome service... very helpful and easy to book...

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just the perfect service for three asians. the guide was very helpful and informative and funny too. nice view and nice story. will definitely recommment to others.

Reviewed 04-Jul-2015

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Initially overcharged but it was picked up and sorted. Cheers

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Guide(s) we had 2 were both knowledge and amusing. We had a lovely time.

Reviewed 17-Jan-2015

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Excellent customer service!

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Great trip - excellent guide really enjoyed the day

Reviewed 29-Nov-2014

Latest Questions about Four Wheel Drive - Nomad Safaris of the Scenes (Queenstown)

hi there
i want to buy the lord of the ring tour for january 16 at 8am for 2xadts , but looks looks like its not available ,i only have this day to do it , any possibility??

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Are theses self drive?


Thank you so much for your enquiry. Sorry, no self-driving for the 4x4 vehicles, only for Quad biking with Nomad Safaris.

Comment by: Everything Queenstown on 2nd Jan 22 at 17:49

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Do we makes stops and walk out to enjoy the scenery? Or does the tour entail staying in the vehicle the entire time?


Yes, on the Lord of the Rings Safari of the Scenes tour in Queenstown there are plenty of stops along the way where you can get out of the vehicle and walk around, take photos etc

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 5th Dec 16 at 20:20

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Travelling with a toddler 3 yrs 3 months, HOw do we book online,
Pressed BOOK NOW , was not able to see option to select Child under 5 years.

Also, if you are personally aware which of TOUR A or TOUR B actually have access to Lookouts etc, or both of them are about the same.
A tour Map would have really helped.


If you are travelling with a toddler then please just mention in the 'additional information' field that you have a 3 year old with you and we can let the guides know. There is no charge for a child under 5.  Safari of the Scenes Tour A & Tour B from Queenstown are both excellent options. If you are more interested in the Lord of the Rings scenery and information then I'd recommend tour B. Both tours have plenty of great photo opportunities and look outs.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 10th Dec 15 at 23:52

I will be travelling with my wife in Queenstown by last week of April and who will be 6 months pregnant by then. Is the tour B recommended?

Comment by: EDWIN PABALE on 14th Jan 20 at 01:57

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what is the difference between Four Wheel Drive - Nomad Safari of the Scenes and Lord of the Rings Tour - Paradise Safaris since both cover about LOTR?


The main difference between the Nomad Safari of the Scenes four wheel drive tour and the Paradise Safari Lord of the Rings tour is that the first one is mainly a four wheel drive tour and the second one involves a bit more walking. If you choose the Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour B then the scenery is essentially the same as the Paradise Safari tour as both operate around the small town of Glenorchy located an hour north of Queenstown at the head of the lake. Whereas the Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour A takes placer in and around Queenstown and Skippers Canyon. Both tours are run by the same guiding company so you can be assured of a similar high quality experience.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 16th May 16 at 17:33

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I'm going to be in New Zealand on December and I wish to make your activity to travel around Queensland.
But, I would like some information.
I will be alone. Is that possible to book one seat? I don't mind going with other people, I just would like to know if it's available to book one person to the journey.
Secondly, on the website you say that we can do both trips on one day. How does that happen? How much will it cost? Does it take a hole day trip?
I'm very interest on your activity and I hope you can help me.

Thank you,


Hi Elisa. Yes, you are very welcome to just book yourself on the the Nomad Safari of the Scenes four wheel drive tour in Queenstown. The four wheel drive vehicles hold up to 6 passengers so there will be other travellers on this tour with you. Yes you can do both tours in the one day as each takes approximately 4 hours with tours departing at 8.30am and 1.30pm daily. After your first tour you will be dropped back into Queenstown where you can grab some lunch and relax for an hour or so before you will be picked up for the second your at 1.30pm. The cost for each tour is currently $169. When you book online via our website just select Tour A x 1 adult at 8.30am and Tour B x 1 adult at 1.30pm on the same date. You can book via the Book Now button at the top and bottom of the page.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 20th Nov 13 at 12:49

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We are a family of 5 adults and 2 children 13 and 6 - is it possible to fit us all in the 1 vehicle for a lord of the rings experience - 22nd to 25th September


Hi Donna, yes, there is an 8 seater vehicle that you could go in together.  You would just need to note that you are wanting to go in the 8 seater in the "additional information" field when you make your booking. You can select either Tour A or Tour B and the cost will be $169 per adult and $85 per child.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 15th Jul 13 at 12:19

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what are the toilet facilities


Hi Ann. There are several publlic toilets that the drivers can take you should you need to go during your 4wd tour with Nomad Safaris in Queenstown.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 30th Jan 12 at 14:42

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