About Pure Glenorchy

Pure Glenorchy are a NZ owned family business, running Lord of the Rings Scenic Tours since 2005.

We are a family team and are super passionate about Lord of the Rings and this beautiful part of the world.

All of our guides have a genuine love the Lord of the Rings and look forward to giving you an unforgettable experience. Operating since 2005, we take pride in delivering a fantastic tour to our guests every day.

Joel and Kate

Joel Lamason & Kate Cruickshank, Owners & Operators

We absolutely love showing off the breathtaking beauty of Glenorchy and its surrounding natural areas to our visitors – and of course, all of the incredible Lord Of The Rings film Locations!

After many years in the tourism and hospitality industry we know the importance of customer satisfaction and good old fashioned customer service.

We take pride in each and every trip. Our team does their best to ensure all of our guests leave with the sense of awe we felt; the very first time we experienced the wonder of Glenorchy.

James Driver Guide

James, Driver & Guide

James was born in the same city as Peter Jackson. He’s a movie enthusiast, although doesn’t have much time to watch them anymore as he’s busy raising a young family. A man of the outdoors – James could be described as a typical Kiwi hunter gatherer, and his favourite places to be are in the mountains, or the ocean. James’ spirit animal is probably Gollum, and it you are lucky enough, you might just get to meet him out in the Lothlorien forest.

“Must do for LOTR fans! The tour is Brilliant for those LOTR fans, a must do. The scenery you get too see is absolutely breath taking. Really fun day for all. Our guide James was amazing, the best tour guide we have ever had. A proper funny, genuine, knowledgeable fella. He knows his stuff but also a good laugh, mad as a hatter. – Southampton!”
Ben Driver Guide

Ben, Driver & Guide

Ben has been part of the Pure Glenorchy team for the last 2.5 years. On his days off you’ll find him climbing mountains and white water rafting. He also loves Brazillian Jiu Jitsu and travelling. His favourite quotes from LOTR:

Gimli: “Oh, come on, we can take them!”
Aragorn: “It’s a long way.”
Gimli: “…toss me.”
Aragorn: “What?”
Gimli: “I can not jump the distance, you have to toss me… oh, don’t tell the elf.”
Aragorn: “You have my word.”

“We really enjoyed this tour with Ben who was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and funny. A very easygoing group and Ben showed us some very interesting highlights on the LOTR tour locations – even if you are not really a LOTR fan, this tour is great for the scenery – highly recommended.”

Kate Management

Kate, Management Team

Kate loves gardening, yoga and being a mum to Harry. She also loves riding her mountain bike but doesn’t get to do that much these days.

Favourite quote rom LOTR:

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” — Gandalf

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