New Zealand /Journey Through Middle Earth15 nights

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New Zealand has received phenomenal exposure over the years, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films; enticing new visitors to discover the real home of Middle-earth.

The majority of scenes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are real locations, part of the country’s dramatic landscapes, which visitors can actually experience for themselves on itineraries like the one below. Explore picturesque farmland near Matamata, home of The Shire, visit strikingly scenic Taupo, home to such memorable Lord of The Rings locations as The Gardens of Isengard and Helms Deep. Visit Mount Victoria in Wellington and wander through the forest that inspired Hobbiton Woods and Kaitoke Regional Park which became Rivendell.

New Zealand /Itinerary

Journey Through Middle Earth

15nights

Day /Day 1

Fly to Auckland

Fly from London Heathrow to Auckland International Airport, where you will be met by a representative of Southern Crossings who will hand over your New Zealand documentation and assist with the collection of your rental vehicle and transfer to Hotel Debrett.

Hotel DeBrett

Days /Days 2-5

Transfer to Matamata

Drive to Acacia Cliffs for a 3 night stay, Enjoy a visit to Hobbiton – located in Matamata, the original Hobbiton village set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies is on picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the farm, which is a working sheep and beef unit. The Hobbiton movie set has been returned to its natural state. However, hobbit holes and some structures from the film set are still present. Your tour guide will escort you through the 10-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. Following your tour, continue to Taupo.

Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Days /5-7

Transfer to Wellington

Drive to Wellington and enjoy two nights at The Bolton Hotel; where there are a number of exciting activities available, including visiting 'Te Papa' museum or taking a cable car from Lambton Quay over the beautiful Botanical Gardens. On day six you will set out on a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit full day tour visiting a selection of filming locations such as Rivendall, the Anduin River and the Gardens of Isengard.

Days /7-10

Fly from Wellington to Nelson

Take a morning drive to Wellington Airport to drop off you rental vehicle and catch a flight to Nelson; where you will collect another rental car and drive to Eden House in the Orinoco Valley. On day eight you will take a drive to Stephens Bay and check in for your day cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park, where you will explore the coastline, passing Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round sandy bays, Adele and Fisherman’s Islands and on to Tonga Island seal colony.

Edenhouse

Days /10-12

Fly from Nelson to Christchurch

Drive to Nelson Airport, return your vehicle and catch a flight to Christchurch, where you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to The George hotel. Here you can enjoy a punt ride on the Avon River and a stroll through Hagley Park. On day eleven you will depart early from Christchurch to journey over the vast Canterbury Plains, through the stunning Rakaia Gorge and along the line of the Southern Alps until you reach Mt Somers, where you will turn inland and make your way to Mt Potts Station and continue cross-country to reach Mt Sunday to take in the breathtaking 360-degree views.

The George

Days /12-15

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown

A private car will take you to Christchurch Airport, where you will fly to Queenstown to collect you rental vehicle and drive to The Spire where you will stay for three nights. On day 13, enjoy a helicopter excursion to majestic Milford Sound. Fly through the grandeur of the Alps over rainforests, frozen lakes and majestic Milford to touchdown on an age old glacier. On day 14 take a morning drive along the scenic shores of Lake Wakitipu to Glenorchy and journey by coach to the upper reaches of the scenic Dart River, through the untouched wilderness of the World Heritage Area where many scenes from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed.

Day /15

Return Home

Return your rental vehicle to Queenstown Airport, before flying home.

Journey Through Middle Earth /Prices

Guide Price /

Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers, car hire and meals as specified. International flights are with Air New Zealand.  This itinerary is only a suggestion - our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, tailormade tours.

Also Included:

  • Hobbiton tour
  • Full day Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit tour in Wellington including lunch
  • Full day cruise in Abel Tasman National Park including picnic lunch
  • Full day Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit tour in Christchurch including picnic lunch
  • 90 minute helicopter excursion to Milford Sound
  • Half day Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit tour in Queenstown
  • Dart river jet boat excursion
  • 1 tapas plate for two people 
  • 1 bottle of award winning Martinborough wine
  • A 250 page Nelson Art Guide show casing the region's local artists

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