Lord of the Rings 14-Day New Zealand Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship with the Lord of the Rings 14-Day New Zealand Tour. Explore the breath-taking natural scenery of Middle-earth, travelling from Auckland to Queenstown, taking in famous LOTR filming locations and movie studios along the way.
Join our ardent “The Lord Of The Rings” (LOTR) guides on a quest across Middle-earth, where you will see the places and meet the people that brought JRR Tolkien’s epic trilogy to life on the silver screen.
Prices from €3.470
From The Shire to Mordor, this 14-day tour is jam-packed with every LOTR experience New Zealand has to offer… and then some!
Our 14-day tour traverses both of New Zealand’s North and South Islands, stopping off at key LOTR locations along the way. First, explore Hobbiton, taking time to visit Sam and Rosie’s Cottage, Bag End, and of course enjoying some lunch and refreshments at The Green Dragon.
From there, you’ll ride on to the sites of Mordor, Emyn Muil and Mt Doom. Next, visit the location of Gollum’s Fishing Pool, as well as Erebor, the site that was home to the Dwarven Kingdom under the Mountain.
Along with these sites (as well the filming locations of Rivendell, the Pelennor Fields where the riders of Rohan rode to battle, and many more) you will also get a chance to meet some of the people behind the making of the LOTR movies, such as Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve, the real-life forgers of the “One Ring”, as well as some other special guests along the way.
On top of all of this, you’ll also get the chance to indulge in some of the best cultural and adventure activities that New Zealand has to offer.
For the thrill seekers, we provide opportunities for you to go bungy jumping, para-gliding, para-sailing, and even white-water rafting! Or, if your hobbit feet have had enough adventuring and you’re looking for something with a little less risk, you can always treat yourself to some peaceful trout fishing, a bit of “me time” in some onsen hot pools, or even a bit of retail therapy.
This is the perfect, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unleash your inner elf, dwarf, or hobbit, and embark on a quest with your own fellowship of like-minded travellers, to destroy the One Ring, and save Middle-earth from Sauron’s evil forces.
With the increasing El Nino, Global warming and changing weather patterns we have found it necessary to have seasonal itineraries to enhance your experience of Middle-earth. These comprise of the following months. Spring: Oct, Summer: Nov – Mar, Autumn: Apr – May, Winter: Jun – Sep
We gather this evening for our Welcome Dinner, to meet each other and prepare for our early start tomorrow. Winter months include a special movie guest. Accommodation: Takapuna, Auckland.
Be ready to depart at 08.00 ~ Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton. (A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 2 to 13.) Prepare to be enchanted by Hobbiton – a very special site to visit. Have your camera batteries charged for photos of the tranquil Shire, Bag End, Sam & Rosie’s cottage, the Party Tree. Enjoy a cool drink at The Green Dragon followed by lunch in a Marquee beside The Green Dragon (included in tour cost). In Rotorua later today you will have the option of the beautiful Polynesian Spa and / or a fantastic Maori Cultural evening, dinner and show ( cost additional). Overnight Rotorua.
Rotorua to Trollshaw Forest and a wonderful guided tour of this Hobbit location – stunning scenery. We will enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on our way to Mt. Ruapehu and the sites of Mordor, Emyn Muil and Mt Doom. Overnight – Where the Stars stayed!
Ohakune to Wellington. This morning a Hobbit location of the Secret Entrance to Erebor and Lotr location of Gollum’s fishing pool, where Andy Serkis was careful not to plunge over the waterfall! Then, it’s on to Wellywood ~ Wellington City. Tonight we dine at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” (Optional) – said to be a favourite of Viggo’s. Accommodation: Wellington, for the next 3 nights.
Wellywood Day, Miramar – New Zealand’s movie capital! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in the tour. Later today we check out the “Get off the road!” location from Lord Of The Rings, overlooking the city. Dinner tonight? So many choices, your Guide will help you. Visit the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premiere were held.
Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher and Cartographer Daniel Reeve. In Winter months we add a special movie guest presentation. Later today is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.
Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins! We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail to Picton in the South Island (approx. 3.5 hrs). After lunch, we drive to Nelson City, stopping along the way to view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves, in barrels! How about a fantastic 1 hour easy kayak down this amazing river and movie location!! (optional extra) Accommodation tonight: Nelson.
Nelson day: This morning, weather permitting, there is a two hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of “South of Rivendell”, at the top of Mt Olympus. More than highly recommended! We head back into Nelson city to meet and chat with the makers of the “One Ring”. There, we meet Jens Hansen’s son, Halfdan Hansen and see his wonderful Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit jewelry. Accommodation tonight: Nelson
An early start south through the very scenic South Island, stopping along the way for second breakfast and lunch. We will travel via the beautiful wild Kaikoura Coast , stopping to take photos of our fur seals at play. We then travel south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Accommodation: Christchurch.
It’s time to head for the magnificence that is EDORAS – a very spiritual experience! It’s a 30-minute trek to reach the summit. The 360-degree views are breathtaking! You will stand where the Golden Hall once stood and survey the mountain panorama all around you as you fly the Rohan flag! You will be reluctant to leave. Refreshment awaits us at the Lodge before we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Keep a lookout for our highest mountain; Aoraki, Mt Cook – the Cloud Piercer of 12,000 feet. Overnight; Twizel. (Buffet Dinner included tonight.) This is a great place to study the night sky – and see the Southern Cross. Special Guest a local Hobbit inspired seamstress – you may like to buy your own cloak.
The Pelennor Fields ~ an area that once rang to the thunderous sound of 250 horses on the charge, as King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle. Moving on, we visit the stunning location of Laketown and enjoy a guided tour there. Time to try your archery skills – perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us? Then head to Omarama for lunch. This afternoon a special visit to Mrs Jones’s orchard. Overnight – Cromwell. The Harvest Hotel.
The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several Lord of The Rings NZ sites – The calling up of Shadowfax – The Silverlode bridge – The Orc funeral pyre – Fangorn Forest – Nen Hithoel – The log which concealed Merry & Pippin before Frodo left the fellowship – And where Sam and Frodo paddled away on the next stage of their journey. Stunning scenery! Our last 3 nights are in beautiful Queenstown.
Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. We visit our Jeweller to collect our pre ordered Lotr Jewellery. Enjoy second breakfast near the beautiful Arrow river. This afternoon there are opportunities to Bungy at the famous Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy bridge. Keen to jump above the river Anduin? Back to Queenstown to enjoy our scenic cruise of Lake Wakatipu. Tonight is our farewell dinner at our Hotel, feast like Hobbits ! Tomorrow is our Optional activity day in Queenstown.
Devote today to optional activities ! -A Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari past LOTR & Hobbit sites. -Take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen. -Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. -A parasail over the lake. -A coach & cruise trip to Milford Sound. -A guided walk on the Routeburn Track? -A Nomad Safari 4 Wheel drive half day tour -An adrenalin Jet Boat ride or a Bungy jump? -Para-sailing? Para-gliding? White water rafting? A hot air balloon ride? Trout fishing? Relaxation at Onsen Hot Pools? -Or retail therapy ~ shopping in Queenstown. The list “goes ever on” and your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings.
Alas ~ your journey through Middle Earth with Red Carpet Tours is at an end. Thank you for traveling with us ….. there and back again….. Haere ra ~ Good-bye from us all at Red Carpet Tours. “Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya: May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky.”
On departure day you will need a domestic airfare from Queenstown to Auckland and then your international flight home from Auckland. We can recommend Air New Zealand for this domestic flight: www.airnewzealand.co.nz
A NZ$ 500 per person deposit is required to confirm a booking.
Deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable to another month should you need to alter your plans.
If you wish to cancel your booking, the following cancellation fees apply:
Up to 45 days prior to your travel departure date, a cancellation fee of NZ$ 500 per person will apply.
Between 44 and 21 days prior to your travel departure date, 25% of the total price will apply.
Between 20 and 11 days of your travel departure date, 50% of the total price will apply.
Within 10 days of your travel departure date, 100% of the total price will apply.
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