Skip to contentSkip to menu

12 Day Lord of the Rings Hobbit South Island - Single Rate

Days
11

Pricing From
$6000

Difficulty

Book Now

Overview

Join a fellowship of like-minded travellers as we make our way from the country’s capital, Wellington, to the adventure capital of Queenstown. This 12 day Lord of the Rings will take you to unique film locations, places with captivating scenery, and will let you meet people who were involved in making the of the films.

Get to know Middle earth by exploring moss-covered forest glades surrounded by the magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks of the Southern Alps. You can also fly above them with the same people that flew the film crews over the Misty Mountains. Feeling extra adventurous? Go white-water rafting between the Pillars of the Argonath.

Discover Middle-Earth with Red Carpet Tours and experience one of the best adventures you’ll ever have in New Zealand! 

Tour Grading: A

Lord of the Rings South Island Tour

Lake Camp on the way to Edoras

Lord of the Rings South Island Tour

Sam and Frodo?

Lord of the Rings South Island Tour

First view of Edoras

Lord of the Rings South Island Tour

The One Ring

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Wellington

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 acommodation. Final itineraries are confirmed and emailed 4 weeks prior.

Check in at the Amora Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards and enjoy some free time in the city until the group meets together in the hotel lobby at 5.50 p.m. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and have a meal together at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s.

Accommodation: The Amora Hotel in Wellington for the next 3 nights.

Day 2Wellington(B, L)

Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital ! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in tour. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city.

Day 3Wellington(B)

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. This afternoon a special 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.

Day 4Wellington to Nelson(B)

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins ! 

We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail (under 4 hrs) to Picton in the South Island and head across to Nelson City, stopping along the way to view the Pelorous River , where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves , in barrels !!

Stay one night: Trailways Hotel, or similar, Nelson

Day 5Nelson(B)

Nelson day : This morning, weather permitting, there is a two and a half hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", at the top of Mt Olympus and Dimrill Dale, Mt Owen. More than highly recommended! We head back into Nelson city to meet to 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: Nelson

Day 6Nelson to Christchurch(B, D)

An early start south through the very scenic central South Island, stopping along the way for second breakfast and lunch. This afternoon we visit the beautiful Hanmer Springs for an optional swim in the hot pools. We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Accommodation: Christchurch.

Day 7Christchurch to Twizel(B, L, D)

BBQ Lunch and Buffet Dinner included today

It's time to head for the site and magnificence that is EDORAS ! Bring shorts (or trousers that roll up to the knees) and sturdy footwear. There are streams on the way to the summit, where once stood the Golden Hall !

You will be reluctant to leave. Lunch awaits us at the Lodge, before we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Later we'll view the beautiful, mountain fed lakes - Tekapo and Pukaki and see N.Z's highest Mountain - Mt. Cook, which is over 12,000 ft high. This is a great place to study the night sky - have you seen the Southern Cross?

Stay: McKenzie Country Inn, Twizel 

Day 8Twizel to Cromwell(B)

We depart at around 9-00 a.m. for 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 check out the site of The Great Chase, and then head on to scenic Lake Wanaka for lunch.

After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Legolas amongst us?

Stay: The Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell

Day 9Cromwell to Queenstown(B)

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

This afternoon we move on to Arrowtown - a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. It's also the location where Isildur was attacked by Orcs at Gladden Fields.

Stay 3 nights: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown

Day 10Queenstown(B)

We take a picnic lunch to the Mavora Lakes today and visit 4 LOTR sites:

  • the Orc funeral pyre
  • Fangorn Forest
  • 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!

Day 11Queenstown(D)

Devote today to optional activities and last minute shopping. How about

  • There is time today to take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen
  • Or the trip up Deer Park Heights
  • Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Or some retail therapy - shopping in Queenstown.
  • A 4 wheel drive tour to Lothlorien country?
  • Horse trekking?
  • A jet boat ride or bungy jump?
  • Maybe a trout fishing trip?
  • A guided walk - or a day's hike?
  • Or a hot air balloon ride?
  • Para-sailing?
  • Para-gliding?

Your Guide will discuss the many options available with you and assist or advise with bookings. Tonight we ride the Skyline Gondola up for our Farewell Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant (included in tour costs).

Day 12Depart Queenstown

The last day of our Fellowship! Sadly your journey through Middle-earth is at an end. We 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 Wellington

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 acommodation. Final itineraries are confirmed and emailed 4 weeks prior.

Check in at the Amora Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards and enjoy some free time in the city until the group meets together in the hotel lobby at 5.50 p.m. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and have a meal together at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s.

Accommodation: The Amora Hotel in Wellington for the next 3 nights.

Day 2Wellington(B, L)

Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital ! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in tour. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city.

Day 3Wellington(B)

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. This afternoon a special 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.

Day 4Wellington to Nelson(B)

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins ! 

We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail (under 4 hrs) to Picton in the South Island and head across to Nelson City, stopping along the way to view the Pelorous River , where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves , in barrels !!

Stay one night: Trailways Hotel, or similar, Nelson

Day 5Nelson(B)

Nelson day : This morning, weather permitting, there is a two and a half hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", at the top of Mt Olympus and Dimrill Dale, Mt Owen. More than highly recommended! We head back into Nelson city to meet to 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: Nelson

Day 6Nelson to Christchurch(B, D)

An early start south through the very scenic central South Island, stopping along the way for second breakfast and lunch. This afternoon we visit the beautiful Hanmer Springs for an optional swim in the hot pools. We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Accommodation: Christchurch.

Day 7Christchurch to Twizel(B, L, D)

BBQ Lunch and Buffet Dinner included today

It's time to head for the site and magnificence that is EDORAS ! Bring shorts (or trousers that roll up to the knees) and sturdy footwear. There are streams on the way to the summit, where once stood the Golden Hall !

You will be reluctant to leave. Lunch awaits us at the Lodge, before we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Later we'll view the beautiful, mountain fed lakes - Tekapo and Pukaki and see N.Z's highest Mountain - Mt. Cook, which is over 12,000 ft high. This is a great place to study the night sky - have you seen the Southern Cross?

Stay: McKenzie Country Inn, Twizel 

Day 8Twizel to Cromwell(B)

We depart at around 9-00 a.m. for 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 check out the site of The Great Chase, and then head on to scenic Lake Wanaka for lunch.

After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Legolas amongst us?

Stay: The Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell

Day 9Cromwell to Queenstown(B)

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

This afternoon we move on to Arrowtown - a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. It's also the location where Isildur was attacked by Orcs at Gladden Fields.

Stay 3 nights: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown

Day 10Queenstown(B)

We take a picnic lunch to the Mavora Lakes today and visit 4 LOTR sites:

  • the Orc funeral pyre
  • Fangorn Forest
  • 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!

Day 11Queenstown(D)

Devote today to optional activities and last minute shopping. How about

  • There is time today to take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen
  • Or the trip up Deer Park Heights
  • Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Or some retail therapy - shopping in Queenstown.
  • A 4 wheel drive tour to Lothlorien country?
  • Horse trekking?
  • A jet boat ride or bungy jump?
  • Maybe a trout fishing trip?
  • A guided walk - or a day's hike?
  • Or a hot air balloon ride?
  • Para-sailing?
  • Para-gliding?

Your Guide will discuss the many options available with you and assist or advise with bookings. Tonight we ride the Skyline Gondola up for our Farewell Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant (included in tour costs).

Day 12Depart Queenstown

The last day of our Fellowship! Sadly your journey through Middle-earth is at an end. We 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.’"

Similar Tours

19 Day Classic New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach Holiday
19 Day Classic New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach Holiday

Read more

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

Read more

7 Day Wanaka Warbirds and Southern Wheels Small Group Coach Tour
7 Day Wanaka Warbirds and Southern Wheels Small Group Coach Tour

Read more

10 Day Classic South Island Coach Tour
10 Day Classic South Island Coach Tour

Read more