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15 Day Lord of the Rings Hobbit Full Tour - Double Rate

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Overview

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-Earth with Red Carpet Tours, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via many exciting filming locations and adventures.

You will also meet those involved in the making of the movies, and get off the beaten track into the breath-taking landscapes and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.

Along the way, there are opportunities to fly over the Southern Alps, visit wineries, tramp, skydive or raft down a white water river. All within a small fellowship of like-minded travelers, led by our passionate LOTR guides.

Tour Grading: A

"Wow! That's all I can say! I cannot recommend this tour enough to anyone considering it. From Day 1 you truly realise you are in for a magical experience. I can't even name one single highlight as there were just so many. From Hobbiton, to Edoras, Chocolate Fish to Bubbling Mud! I'd like to thank Vic and Raewyn for truly providing the experience of a lifetime! I will be back!" Anthony, UK

Note: Due to El Nino, increasing global warming, and changing weather patterns, we have found it necessary to adapt the itineraries according to season to enhance your Middle-Earth experience. These comprise of the following months:

Please contact us for a copy of your chosen seasonal itinerary. 

  • NZ Summer: November through to and including March.
  • NZ Autumn: April - May and Spring: October
  • NZ Winter: June, July, August and September.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set is a very special place to visit

Pohutu Geyser Rotorua

Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

Mt Doom

Storm over Mt Doom

Mt Doom

Snow on Mt Doom

Frodo and Sam

Frodo and Sam

Sam and Frodo

Sam and Frodo

Sam and Frodo journeys to Mordor

Sam and Frodo journeys to Mordor

At Gollum's Pool

At Gollum's Pool

Gollums Pool

Gollum's Pool

River Anduin

River Anduin

Riding in Lothlorien

Riding in Lothlorien

Smeagol tries to get the Ring from Deagol

I wants it.......Smeagol tries to get the Ring from Deagol

Strawberry Fare

Strawberry Fare

The One Ring

The One Ring

Gandalf at Lake Camp

Gandalf at Lake Camp on way to Edoras

The Fellowship prepares to climb Edoras

The Fellowship prepares to climb Edoras

Edoras, Mt Pott Station

It's not cold!......Edoras, Mt Pott Station

Edoras at Mt Pott Station

First view of Edoras at Mt Pott Station

Edoras

Edoras group photo

Conquerors of Edoras

Conquerors of Edoras

Pelennor Fields

Pelennor Fields

Sword fighting on the Pelennor Fields

Sword fighting on the Pelennor Fields

Pelennor Fields

Pelennor Fields

Rohan's Spear

Rohan's Spear

Rohan Country

Rohan Country

Fellowship explores Rohan Country

The Fellowship explores Rohan Country and the site of the Rohan burned village

Ride of the Rings

The Fellowship journeys on the "Ride of the Rings"

Ford of Bruinen, Arrowtown

Ford of Bruinen, Arrowtown

Gollum

Gollum

Guides and Gandalf

Guides and Gandalf

Hobbits hiding from Nazgul

Hobbits hiding from Nazgul

Ford of Bruinen

Julia and Tracy's Ford of Bruinen

Leaf Brooch Gully

Leaf Brooch Gully

Leaf Brooch Gully

Leaf Brooch Gully canyon at Poolburn

Listening at Aragorn's Rock

Listening at Aragorn's Rock

Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus

Mt Owen

Mt Owen

Mt Sunday

Mt Sunday looms large

Sue's Gold

Sue's Gold

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Auckland (D)

The following is a sample itinerary only, representing a typical monthly tour. Details may vary from month to month according to availability of key people, places and accommodation. Final itineraries are confirmed and emailed 4 weeks prior.

You need to make your own way from the airport to be at the Spencer on Byron Hotel by 4:30pm for the start of the tour. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and prepare for our early start tomorrow.

Accommodation: Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna, Auckland.

Day 2Auckland to Rotorua(B, L)

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.

*In December, February, and March this day will include the Hobbiton Night Tour and Banquet dinner

Day 3Rotorua to Ohakune(B, L)

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!

Day 4Ohakune to Wellington(B)

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.

Day 5Wellington (B)

Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch.

Dinner tonight? So many choices, your Guide will help you. Visit the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premiere were held.

Day 6Wellington (B)

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher and Cartographer Daniel Reeve. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city. The afternoon is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.

Day 7Wellington to Nelson (B)

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. 4 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.

Day 8Nelson to Blenheim (B)

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 LOTR and Hobbit jewelry.

Accommodation tonight: Blenheim

Day 9Blenheim to Christchurch (B, D)

An early start south along the East Coast this morning, stopping at a beautiful seaside cafe for 2nd breakfast. We'll make stops for photographs of Fur Seals basking and at play along the rocky shoreline, before arriving in picturesque Kaikoura for lunch and some souvenir shopping. We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Accommodation: Christchurch.

Day 10Christchurch to Twizel (B, D)

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.

Day 11Twizel to Cromwell (B)

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, then head to Omarama for lunch. After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us?

Overnight - Cromwell. The Golden Gate Lodge.

Day 12Cromwell to Queenstown (B)

We head out through Alexandra this morning to amazing Rohan country, where the Rohan village was burned and we walk through the canyon where the leaf brooch was dropped and 2 other sites. (Dwarves are "dangerous over short distances" here, or so Gimli tells us!)

Lunch in Alexandra, then onto Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s.

Finally Queenstown, where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful town.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown for your final 3 nights.

Day 13Queenstown (B)

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several LOTR 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! We arrive back in Queenstown by late-afternoon. Enjoy more free time in this picturesque paradise!

Day 14Queenstown (D)

Devote today to optional activities and / or last minute shopping:

  • 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 LOTR 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. Tonight we are having our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs).

Day 15Depart Queenstown

Alas ~ your journey through Middle Earth is at an end. Thank you for travelling with us ..... there and back again.....

Haere ra ~ Good-bye from us all.

"Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya: May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Auckland (D)

The following is a sample itinerary only, representing a typical monthly tour. Details may vary from month to month according to availability of key people, places and accommodation. Final itineraries are confirmed and emailed 4 weeks prior.

You need to make your own way from the airport to be at the Spencer on Byron Hotel by 4:30pm for the start of the tour. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and prepare for our early start tomorrow.

Accommodation: Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna, Auckland.

Day 2Auckland to Rotorua(B, L)

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.

*In December, February, and March this day will include the Hobbiton Night Tour and Banquet dinner

Day 3Rotorua to Ohakune(B, L)

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!

Day 4Ohakune to Wellington(B)

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.

Day 5Wellington (B)

Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch.

Dinner tonight? So many choices, your Guide will help you. Visit the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premiere were held.

Day 6Wellington (B)

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher and Cartographer Daniel Reeve. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city. The afternoon is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.

Day 7Wellington to Nelson (B)

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. 4 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.

Day 8Nelson to Blenheim (B)

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 LOTR and Hobbit jewelry.

Accommodation tonight: Blenheim

Day 9Blenheim to Christchurch (B, D)

An early start south along the East Coast this morning, stopping at a beautiful seaside cafe for 2nd breakfast. We'll make stops for photographs of Fur Seals basking and at play along the rocky shoreline, before arriving in picturesque Kaikoura for lunch and some souvenir shopping. We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Accommodation: Christchurch.

Day 10Christchurch to Twizel (B, D)

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.

Day 11Twizel to Cromwell (B)

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, then head to Omarama for lunch. After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us?

Overnight - Cromwell. The Golden Gate Lodge.

Day 12Cromwell to Queenstown (B)

We head out through Alexandra this morning to amazing Rohan country, where the Rohan village was burned and we walk through the canyon where the leaf brooch was dropped and 2 other sites. (Dwarves are "dangerous over short distances" here, or so Gimli tells us!)

Lunch in Alexandra, then onto Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s.

Finally Queenstown, where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful town.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown for your final 3 nights.

Day 13Queenstown (B)

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several LOTR 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! We arrive back in Queenstown by late-afternoon. Enjoy more free time in this picturesque paradise!

Day 14Queenstown (D)

Devote today to optional activities and / or last minute shopping:

  • 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 LOTR 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. Tonight we are having our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs).

Day 15Depart Queenstown

Alas ~ your journey through Middle Earth is at an end. Thank you for travelling with us ..... there and back again.....

Haere ra ~ Good-bye from us all.

"Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya: May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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