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

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Overview

Lord of the Rings Tour New Zealand - Explore moss-shrouded forest glades surrounded by the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Southern Alps of Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Red Carpet Tours - or fly above them with the same people that flew the film crews over the Misty Mountains. Go whitewater rafting between the Pillars of the Argonath.

Tour Grading: A

"We went there and back again. For me...life will never be the same. My heart is full of joy to have met such kind and loving people. I'm very proud and thankful to have been by your side during your precious moments and courageous times.

Momma and Poppa Ringers - Your passion for the stories and those that love them shines through ever so brightly. Day...night...rain or sunshine, nothing would ever stop you from taking us to higher grounds than we ever could imagine.

Like branches of a tree we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other's.

Your elven friend, Lidia!" - Sweden

Smeagol tries to take the Ring from Deagol

Smeagol tries to take the Ring from Deagol

Strawberry Fare

Strawberry Fare

The One Ring

The One Ring

Grandalf at Lake Camp on way to Edoras

Grandalf at Lake Camp on way to Edoras

The Fellowship prepares to climb Edoras

The Fellowship prepares to climb Edoras

Snowy Edoras

Snowy Edoras

Sword fighting on the Pelennor Fields

Sword fighting on the Pelennor Fields

Theoden's riders at Pelonnen

Theoden's riders at Pelonnen

Weapons stash

Weapons stash

Charge of the Theodens

Charge of the Theodens

Rohan Country and the burned village

Rohan Country and the burned village

Ride of the Rings

Ride of the Rings

The road to Nen Hithoel

The road to Nen Hithoel

The Fellowship

The Fellowship

Paradise horse trek

Paradise horse trek

Itinerary

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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.

Arrival Day: Arrive Wellington

Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Tonight we suggest dining at a favourite restaurant of Viggo's!

Stay two nights: Amora Hotel Wellington 

Day 2Wellington

(B, L)

This morning we check out the site of Helms Deep and Minas Tirith and the Gardens of Isengard. Weather permitting, we travel over a hilly range to the beautiful Leaving Lothlorien site - where Galadriel waved goodbye to the fellowship - it's also where Smeagol strangled Deagol !! We return for a relaxed lunch (included) at Kaitoke Gardens on our way back to the city.

Dinner tonight ? Perhaps "Strawberry Fare" - specialising in delicious desserts ~ just up from the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK Premiere was held. 

Day 3Wellington

(B)

We drive out past Peter Jackson's movie studios, to Weta Workshop's new "Weta Cave".

Time here to buy souvenirs, view their promo dvd ......... and maybe more ! (An optional extra may be available here - a visit to the Weta Workshop's Boardroom to see the display of figurines, their 5 Oscars, and meet a LOTR artist. Dependent on availability and our group number.) Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged !! On our way back to the city we’ll take a coffee break at the Roxy Theatre and Cafe - lovingly restored by Sir Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk. On our way back to the hotel we visit the "Get off the road!" site on Mt Victoria, 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 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 to Blenheim

(B)

This morning, weather permitting, there is an "optional extra" helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", "Dimrill Dale" and a new Hobbit film site - more than highly recommended ! From here we visit the Grape Escape Complex, have lunch at the cafe and the opportunity to taste Middle Earth wines and cheeses. We head back to Nelson, where we visit the "One Ring" maker, renowned gold & silversmith, Jens Hansen, to see his wonderful work and souvenirs. Later, time permitting; you may like to visit the "World of Wearable Art" Museum. Your Guide has a variety of options for you to consider.

Stay one night: Quality Hotel, or similar, Blenheim

Day 6Blenheim to Christchurch

(B, D)

We take the coast road today and drive to Kaikoura - home of Whale and Dolphin watching, There's time for those interested to take an optional extra activity - a Whale Watch Cruise or a Swim with the Dolphins Cruise , before we travel south and inland to the Garden City of Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Stay: The Sudima Hotel, 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. 

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.

Arrival Day: Arrive Wellington

Arrive in Wellington and transfer to your hotel. Tonight we suggest dining at a favourite restaurant of Viggo's!

Stay two nights: Amora Hotel Wellington 

Day 2Wellington

(B, L)

This morning we check out the site of Helms Deep and Minas Tirith and the Gardens of Isengard. Weather permitting, we travel over a hilly range to the beautiful Leaving Lothlorien site - where Galadriel waved goodbye to the fellowship - it's also where Smeagol strangled Deagol !! We return for a relaxed lunch (included) at Kaitoke Gardens on our way back to the city.

Dinner tonight ? Perhaps "Strawberry Fare" - specialising in delicious desserts ~ just up from the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK Premiere was held. 

Day 3Wellington

(B)

We drive out past Peter Jackson's movie studios, to Weta Workshop's new "Weta Cave".

Time here to buy souvenirs, view their promo dvd ......... and maybe more ! (An optional extra may be available here - a visit to the Weta Workshop's Boardroom to see the display of figurines, their 5 Oscars, and meet a LOTR artist. Dependent on availability and our group number.) Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged !! On our way back to the city we’ll take a coffee break at the Roxy Theatre and Cafe - lovingly restored by Sir Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk. On our way back to the hotel we visit the "Get off the road!" site on Mt Victoria, 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 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 to Blenheim

(B)

This morning, weather permitting, there is an "optional extra" helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", "Dimrill Dale" and a new Hobbit film site - more than highly recommended ! From here we visit the Grape Escape Complex, have lunch at the cafe and the opportunity to taste Middle Earth wines and cheeses. We head back to Nelson, where we visit the "One Ring" maker, renowned gold & silversmith, Jens Hansen, to see his wonderful work and souvenirs. Later, time permitting; you may like to visit the "World of Wearable Art" Museum. Your Guide has a variety of options for you to consider.

Stay one night: Quality Hotel, or similar, Blenheim

Day 6Blenheim to Christchurch

(B, D)

We take the coast road today and drive to Kaikoura - home of Whale and Dolphin watching, There's time for those interested to take an optional extra activity - a Whale Watch Cruise or a Swim with the Dolphins Cruise , before we travel south and inland to the Garden City of Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow.

Stay: The Sudima Hotel, 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. 

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