Overview

Discover New Zealand’s wonders and experience the Lord of the Rings in this 15 Day Journey to Middle Earth Self Drive Tour. Starting in Auckland, you will visit the iconic Sky Tower and join a half day wilderness tour.

On your way to Rotorua, you will explore the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata and take a closer look behind the filming scenes. Then, you will head south to Ohakune which was used a base for LOTR filming. If you arrive early, you can drive to Tongariro National Park and visit a part of Mordor. Travel towards the capital, Wellington, which is home to the Weta Workshop, Rivendell, Isendgard, Fords of Isen, and many other locations.

Get on board the Interislander Ferry that will take you to Picton and then drive on to Nelson, the home of the makers of the “One Ring”. Head south to Christchurch and visit Edoras for a truly amazing Middle Earth experience. You will also spend a night at the majestic Mt Cook before you head to Wanaka and then to Queenstown, where you will join a safari and journey deep in to Middle Earth.

Auckland - Rotorua - Ohakune - Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson - Christchurch - Mt Cook - Wanaka - Queenstown

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Arrive Auckland
Auckland Wilderness Experience
Auckland to Rotorua
Explore Rotorua
Rotorua to Ohakune
Ohakune to Wellington
Explore Wellington
Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson
Nelson to Christchurch
Christchurch - Edoras Tour
Christhurch to Mt Cook
Mt Cook to Wanaka
Wanaka to Queenstown
Queenstown - Safari of the Scenes
Depart Queenstown

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland Wilderness Experience

Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel Time: 3 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 250 kms

Day 4

Explore Rotorua

Day 5

Rotorua to Ohakune

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 216 kms

Day 6

Ohakune to Wellington

Travel Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 287 kms

Day 7

Explore Wellington

Day 8

Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson

Travel Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Distance: 134 kms

Day 9

Nelson to Christchurch

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 416 kms

Day 10

Christchurch - Edoras Tour

Day 11

Christhurch to Mt Cook

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 333 kms

Day 12

Mt Cook to Wanaka

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 209 kms

Day 13

Wanaka to Queenstown

Travel Time: 1 hr

Distance: 67 kms

Day 14

Queenstown - Safari of the Scenes

Day 15

Depart Queenstown

Welcome to Auckland, collect your rental car on arrival before exploring the city of sails. Visit the Sky Tower, the most iconic feature of Auckland’s skyline, for panoramic views of the city and twin harbours. If you’re brave, venture to the SkyJump or SkyWalk, a surefire way to get your holiday started with an adrenaline rush!

Stay 2 nights Auckland

Enjoy a morning at leisure before joining your half day Wilderness Experience Tour. Travel just 30 minutes to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues with an easy walk into the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous Kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Journey through the lush countryside of the Waikato to Matamata where you will be enchanted by the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, taking in the picturesque set locations and providing a deeper look behind the scenes of the filming for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. After your tour, you will set off for Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture for the region and a thermal wonderland.

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Today explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome for a unique farm experience, ride the gondola up Mt Ngongotaha for extensive views over the city and lake or visit Te Puia with its geysers and bubbling mud pools. This evening in the tranquil natural bush setting, visit Mitai where the performers take you back in time when ancient Maori customs and traditions were part of everyday life - and of course not forgetting the food that has been cooked in the earth oven - the Hangi.

As you head south today, stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal project, then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, world famous for its trout fishing. Continue on to Ohakune, used as a base for a number of weeks of filming for Lord of the Rings. If you arrive in the early afternoon, why not take the opportunity to travel through the Tongariro National Park to visit Iwikau Village, a key part of Mordor. Alternatively, you might like to see the mountain at 'first light' and visit the scenes of Ithilien and Mordor.

Stay 1 night Ohakune

Travel south today to the nation’s capital. As you reach the Kapiti Coast take some time to visit the Waiarere Forest, the location for Trollshaw Forest and Osgiliath Wood. Continue on to Wellington, the home of Peter Jackson and the famous Te Papa National Museum.

Stay 2 nights Wellington

Today enjoy a full day Middle Earth filming locations tour. Spend the morning exploring the city locations on Mount Victoria and the ‘greenbelt’, including the famous ‘get off the road’ scene, the ‘shortcut to mushrooms’ and the Black Rider scenes. Following a visit to Weta Workshop enjoy an Orc sized, Lord of the Rings themed lunch before heading out to the Hutt Valley to explore Kaitoke Regional park, the location of Rivendell. Along the way visit Isengard, Fords of Isen, the River Anduin and finally, see where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed.

Return your rental vehicle in time for your morning ferry crossing aboard the Interislander. You will cross Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait) on a three hour scenic voyage to the quaint fishing village of Picton. Collect a new rental car and continue on to Nelson, the home to the makers of the ‘One Ring’. Take the opportunity to visit Jen Hansen the Ringmaker to purchase your very own replica Movie Ring with custom Elvish engraving.

Stay 1 night Nelson

Take the opportunity to do an optional Lord of the Rings helicopter flight this morning before heading south to Christchurch. Journey through the Wairau Valley to the small alpine village of St Arnaud. Take time for a quick stop here to experience a real sense of New Zealand ‘off the beaten track’ before travelling over the Hundalee Ranges and onto the garden city of Christchurch.

Stay 2 nights Christchurch

Join your Rings of Edoras tour this morning which takes you over the vast Canterbury Plains, through the stunning Rakaia Gorge and along the line of the Southern Alps to Mt Somers. Upon reaching Mt Potts Station head cross-country, over tussock covered grassland and through several small rivers, to reach the ultimate destination - Mt Sunday. From here you are able to take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of this truly amazing area that feels like it was created especially for Middle Earth. Once you have finished exploring and figuring out where your favourite scenes were shot, you can sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch with a glass of champagne.

Today head inland to the heart of the MacKenzie Basin and the azure waters of Lake Tekapo, a stunning expanse located amongst the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps. View the much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd, a tiny iconic stone church built in 1935 which is perfectly located overlooking the lake. From Tekapo you will continue to Mt Cook National Park, home of the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

Stay 1 night Mt Cook

Your trip to Wanaka takes you through the beautiful Lindis Pass, then on to Tarras, a small sheep farming settlement. Not far from the southern end of the Lindis Pass, you may like to stop at a local vineyard before heading inland to reach your destination, the peaceful and picturesque lakeside township of Wanaka. Make your way to the lakes edge and look towards the Alps to see the backdrop used for Gandalf’s flight to Rohan with Gwaihir, after his rescue from Orthanc.

Stay 1 night Wanaka

We recommend a morning cruise on the lake or a lakeside walk before travelling on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown range. Take time to wander through this historic village with its fascinating collection of miner's cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. A short drive brings you to the beautiful lakeside and alpine resort town of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

Join your Safari of the Scenes guided tour this morning to take a journey deep into Middle Earth. This scenic safari offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley. Visit the filming locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen, plus yet-to-be-revealed filming locations from The Hobbit trilogy! Beyond Glenorchy, travel up the Dart Valley to the filming location for Isengard, set amongst snow-capped mountains beside the turquoise waters of the Dart River. This setting offers views of Mt Earnslaw and its hanging glacier, used in the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. Explore the Paradise Forest, the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. As you depart Glenorchy and return towards Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore all that Queenstown has to offer.

Your journey into Middle Earth regrettably comes to an end today, so with fond memories of mountains and fiords, glaciers and sparkling braided rivers drifting in your memory, return your car to Queenstown Airport where you will depart on your scheduled flight home.

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, collect your rental car on arrival before exploring the city of sails. Visit the Sky Tower, the most iconic feature of Auckland’s skyline, for panoramic views of the city and twin harbours. If you’re brave, venture to the SkyJump or SkyWalk, a surefire way to get your holiday started with an adrenaline rush!

Stay 2 nights Auckland

Day 2, Auckland Wilderness Experience

Auckland Wilderness Experience

Enjoy a morning at leisure before joining your half day Wilderness Experience Tour. Travel just 30 minutes to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues with an easy walk into the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous Kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Day 3, Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel Time: 3 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 250 kms

Journey through the lush countryside of the Waikato to Matamata where you will be enchanted by the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, taking in the picturesque set locations and providing a deeper look behind the scenes of the filming for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. After your tour, you will set off for Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture for the region and a thermal wonderland.

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Day 4, Explore Rotorua

Explore Rotorua

Today explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome for a unique farm experience, ride the gondola up Mt Ngongotaha for extensive views over the city and lake or visit Te Puia with its geysers and bubbling mud pools. This evening in the tranquil natural bush setting, visit Mitai where the performers take you back in time when ancient Maori customs and traditions were part of everyday life - and of course not forgetting the food that has been cooked in the earth oven - the Hangi.

Day 5, Rotorua to Ohakune

Rotorua to Ohakune

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 216 kms

As you head south today, stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal project, then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, world famous for its trout fishing. Continue on to Ohakune, used as a base for a number of weeks of filming for Lord of the Rings. If you arrive in the early afternoon, why not take the opportunity to travel through the Tongariro National Park to visit Iwikau Village, a key part of Mordor. Alternatively, you might like to see the mountain at 'first light' and visit the scenes of Ithilien and Mordor.

Stay 1 night Ohakune

Day 6, Ohakune to Wellington

Ohakune to Wellington

Travel Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 287 kms

Travel south today to the nation’s capital. As you reach the Kapiti Coast take some time to visit the Waiarere Forest, the location for Trollshaw Forest and Osgiliath Wood. Continue on to Wellington, the home of Peter Jackson and the famous Te Papa National Museum.

Stay 2 nights Wellington

Day 7, Explore Wellington

Explore Wellington

Today enjoy a full day Middle Earth filming locations tour. Spend the morning exploring the city locations on Mount Victoria and the ‘greenbelt’, including the famous ‘get off the road’ scene, the ‘shortcut to mushrooms’ and the Black Rider scenes. Following a visit to Weta Workshop enjoy an Orc sized, Lord of the Rings themed lunch before heading out to the Hutt Valley to explore Kaitoke Regional park, the location of Rivendell. Along the way visit Isengard, Fords of Isen, the River Anduin and finally, see where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed.

Day 8, Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson

Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Nelson

Travel Time: 1 hr 50 mins

Distance: 134 kms

Return your rental vehicle in time for your morning ferry crossing aboard the Interislander. You will cross Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait) on a three hour scenic voyage to the quaint fishing village of Picton. Collect a new rental car and continue on to Nelson, the home to the makers of the ‘One Ring’. Take the opportunity to visit Jen Hansen the Ringmaker to purchase your very own replica Movie Ring with custom Elvish engraving.

Stay 1 night Nelson

Day 9, Nelson to Christchurch

Nelson to Christchurch

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 416 kms

Take the opportunity to do an optional Lord of the Rings helicopter flight this morning before heading south to Christchurch. Journey through the Wairau Valley to the small alpine village of St Arnaud. Take time for a quick stop here to experience a real sense of New Zealand ‘off the beaten track’ before travelling over the Hundalee Ranges and onto the garden city of Christchurch.

Stay 2 nights Christchurch

Day 10, Christchurch - Edoras Tour

Christchurch - Edoras Tour

Join your Rings of Edoras tour this morning which takes you over the vast Canterbury Plains, through the stunning Rakaia Gorge and along the line of the Southern Alps to Mt Somers. Upon reaching Mt Potts Station head cross-country, over tussock covered grassland and through several small rivers, to reach the ultimate destination - Mt Sunday. From here you are able to take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of this truly amazing area that feels like it was created especially for Middle Earth. Once you have finished exploring and figuring out where your favourite scenes were shot, you can sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch with a glass of champagne.

Day 11, Christhurch to Mt Cook

Christhurch to Mt Cook

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 333 kms

Today head inland to the heart of the MacKenzie Basin and the azure waters of Lake Tekapo, a stunning expanse located amongst the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps. View the much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd, a tiny iconic stone church built in 1935 which is perfectly located overlooking the lake. From Tekapo you will continue to Mt Cook National Park, home of the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.

Stay 1 night Mt Cook

Day 12, Mt Cook to Wanaka

Mt Cook to Wanaka

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 209 kms

Your trip to Wanaka takes you through the beautiful Lindis Pass, then on to Tarras, a small sheep farming settlement. Not far from the southern end of the Lindis Pass, you may like to stop at a local vineyard before heading inland to reach your destination, the peaceful and picturesque lakeside township of Wanaka. Make your way to the lakes edge and look towards the Alps to see the backdrop used for Gandalf’s flight to Rohan with Gwaihir, after his rescue from Orthanc.

Stay 1 night Wanaka

Day 13, Wanaka to Queenstown

Wanaka to Queenstown

Travel Time: 1 hr

Distance: 67 kms

We recommend a morning cruise on the lake or a lakeside walk before travelling on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown range. Take time to wander through this historic village with its fascinating collection of miner's cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. A short drive brings you to the beautiful lakeside and alpine resort town of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

Day 14, Queenstown - Safari of the Scenes

Queenstown - Safari of the Scenes

Join your Safari of the Scenes guided tour this morning to take a journey deep into Middle Earth. This scenic safari offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley. Visit the filming locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen, plus yet-to-be-revealed filming locations from The Hobbit trilogy! Beyond Glenorchy, travel up the Dart Valley to the filming location for Isengard, set amongst snow-capped mountains beside the turquoise waters of the Dart River. This setting offers views of Mt Earnslaw and its hanging glacier, used in the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. Explore the Paradise Forest, the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. As you depart Glenorchy and return towards Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore all that Queenstown has to offer.

Day 15, Depart Queenstown

Depart Queenstown

Your journey into Middle Earth regrettably comes to an end today, so with fond memories of mountains and fiords, glaciers and sparkling braided rivers drifting in your memory, return your car to Queenstown Airport where you will depart on your scheduled flight home.

Additional Information

Pricing

Cost per Person

May to September 2019

 Twin/Double
Standard Accommodation from AU$6,275* per person

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Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Car Rental

  • Car hire excess fees of up to NZ$3500 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. 
  • Airport/Ferry pick up fee applies in some locations. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. 
  • Car parking fees may apply in some locations.

Payment

  • Deposit: $200 per person within 7 days of booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking.
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Includes

Includes:

14 nights accommodation

  • 2 nights Auckland
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • 1 night Ohakune
  • 2 nights Wellington
  • 1 night Nelson
  • 2 nights Christchurch
  • 1 night Mt Cook
  • 1 night Wanaka
  • 2 nights Queenstown

15 days car rental (excess applies)

Private airport transfers

Interislander Ferry Crossing

Auckland Sky Tower

Wilderness Experience Half Day Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Te Puia Thermal Reserve

Traditional Maori Hangi and Cultural Experience

Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour, Wellington

Rings of Edoras Tour

Safari of the Scenes

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There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes motels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, boutique lodges & hotels and luxury lodges and hotels. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.

Airfares

International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.

Optional Extras

Explore Rotorua

Agrodome Farm Show and Organic Farm Tour

In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you'll find New Zealand's Agrodome. For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see the world-famous Farm Show - starring a cast of talented animals. and you! Plus, join the Organic Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals, and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from the land.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

A guided 3 hour eco-adventure through the evergreen native forests of the Mamaku Plateau, only minutes from Rotorua. For 3 hours, escorted by 2 highly trained guides with no more than 10 people, you will experience one of the North Island's last remaining remnants of untouched forest in the most exciting & unique of ways. Take on the sights, smells & sounds of the forest on a tour where you will see tree & bird species not seen on any other country on Earth - centuries old giant trees, monster tree ferns & perching plants dominate the landscape that has never been modified by humans. If you are lucky, you may even hand feed wild native birds.

Explore Nelson

Lord of the Rings Scenic Flight

Our scenic helicopter flights to the Lord of the Rings locations for "South of Rivendell", "Dimrill Dale" and the "Exit from the Mines of Moria"; afford you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to view one of the most pristine and least accessible alpine environments not just in the southern hemisphere but in the entire planet. Mount Olympus and Mount Owen form a contiguous mountain range that joins with the Southern Alps farther south of New Zealand. 

Explore Mt Cook

Glacier Explorers

Accessing a part of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, previously not visited by travelers, Glacier Explorers gives you an up close and amazing encounter with the Tasman Glacier icebergs on a glacial terminal lake. The ever changing ice face provides not only just a glacier tour but shows you a different perspective of the Alpine Backbone of the Southern Alps. You have a pleasant bus trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 1/2 hour walk through the National Park before boarding your MAC boat.

Explore Wanaka

Lake Wanaka Cruise & Island Nature Walk

Cruising up the peninsula past Mou Tapu and Fisherman’s Cove to Mou Waho. Leave the boat and take a guided walk to the top of the island. Take time to enjoy light refreshments on a rock overlooking the Arethusa Pool, check out the plant life, find a Weta and take in the spectacular views. Learn a little history about the island and surrounding area from your guide.

Explore Queenstown

Skyline Gondola and Luge

An essential inclusion on your Queenstown schedule. Travel by gondola to Bob’s Peak high above the township and lake where the unsurpassed views are matched only by a range of activity options that may require a day rather than an hour or two. The views stretch from Coronet Peak to the left, over the town and Remarkable Mountains, along Lake Wakatipu’s southern arm toward Kingston and to your right, across the lake, Cecil and Walter Peaks and the Earnslaw plying its waters as well. Enjoy a snack, refreshments or light meal in the café or an extensive buffet lunch in the restaurant. The Luge is popular with 2 tracks – fast or scenic – and fun for all ages.

Highlights

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

On beautiful private farmland, you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating guided tour. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn and other structures & gardens built for the films.

Mitai Maori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. See warriors in traditional dress and glowworms in their natural habitat. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance.

Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour Wellington

Enjoy a full day Middle Earth filming locations tour. Spend the morning exploring the city locations on Mount Victoria and the ‘greenbelt’, including the famous ‘get off the road’ scene, the ‘shortcut to mushrooms’ and the Black Rider scenes. Following a visit to Weta Workshop enjoy an Orc sized, Lord of the Rings themed lunch before heading out to the Hutt Valley to explore Kaitoke Regional park, the location of Rivendell. Along the way visit Isengard, Fords of Isen, the River Anduin and finally, see where Helms Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed.

Interislander Ferry

The 92 km journey between Picton and Wellington takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds. This region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a true photographic opportunity. From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. After crossing the strait you approach Wellington Harbour and pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand's oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the countries highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph).

Rings of Edoras Tour, Christchurch

Join your Rings of Edoras tour, which takes you over the vast Canterbury Plains, through the stunning Rakaia Gorge and along the line of the Southern Alps to Mt Somers. Upon reaching Mt Potts Station head cross-country, over tussock covered grassland and through several small rivers, to reach the ultimate destination - Mt Sunday. From here you are able to take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of this truly amazing area that feels like it was created especially for Middle Earth. Once you have finished exploring and figuring out where your favourite scenes were shot, you can sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch with a glass of champagne.

Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy Tour, Queenstown

Join your Safari of the Scenes guided tour this morning to take a journey deep into Middle Earth. This scenic safari offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley. Visit the filming locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen, plus yet-to-be-revealed filming locations from The Hobbit trilogy! Beyond Glenorchy, travel up the Dart Valley to the filming location for Isengard, set amongst snow-capped mountains beside the turquoise waters of the Dart River. This setting offers views of Mt Earnslaw and its hanging glacier, used in the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. Explore the Paradise Forest, the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. As you depart Glenorchy and return towards Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

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