In the Footsteps of Middle-earth

16 Days | 13 Nights

Price per person from *$7279pp (*Based on Double Occupancy)
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New Zealand, a land of breathtaking natural beauty, served as the backdrop for the epic world of Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series. Embarking on a 13-night adventure across this enchanting country, you’ll explore the cinematic wonders and enchanting landscapes that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterpiece to life.

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles including New Zealand Domestic Flights
  • 13 Nights Superior Accommodation
  • 13 Tours including Weta Unleashed & Workshop, Floatplane Crater Lake, Milford Sound and Jetboat
  • Car hire and intercity transfers
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Description

Your journey begins in Auckland, the City of Sails. You’ll be staying at the Movenpick Auckland, a luxurious haven with a Superior King City Room that offers a magnificent view of the city. Enjoy a hearty breakfast to fuel your day as you prepare for your adventures in Middle-earth.

Visit the Weta Workshop Unleashed, where you can dive into the creative process behind the special effects and props of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Immerse yourself in the magic of movie-making.

Your journey continues with a one-way Hobbiton Express from Auckland to Rotorua, the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal wonders. Experience the enchanting landscapes as you make your way to this geothermal paradise.

Spend the next two nights in Rotorua, at the Regent of Rotorua, in a Superior Room with breakfast included. Rotorua is known for its geothermal wonders, and your adventures include an Eco Thermal Park Tour and a Floatplane Crater Lake Flight, offering breathtaking views of this unique landscape. In the Immerse yourself in Maori culture with the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience and witness traditional performances, savor a Hangi feast, and gain insight into the Maori way of life.

Stay at the Powderhorn Chateau, located in the stunning Tongariro National Park, you’ll embark on a Sunset Guided Walk. Explore the diverse landscapes that inspired Tolkien’s Middle-earth, from lush forests to volcanic peaks.

Two nights in Wellington offer a change of scenery. You’ll stay at the Travelodge Hotel Wellington, with a Guest Room and breakfast. Your adventures include a visit to the Weta Workshop Experience and a Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour.

Head to Christchurch where a private arrival transfer will take you from the airport to The Mayfair, where you’ll stay in a Mayfair King room with breakfast included. Experience the magic of Middle-earth with a Lord of the Rings LOTR Tour, exploring the Canterbury landscapes that served as the backdrop for many iconic scenes.

Embark on a small-group tour from Christchurch to Mt. Cook via Lake Tekapo. Marvel at the stunning vistas as you journey through this enchanting landscape.

Your next destination is Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. You’ll stay at the The Dairy Private Hotel in an Oasis Room with breakfast included. Over four days, you’ll enjoy a half day Lord of the Rings experience, a Milford Sound Fly, Nature Cruise, Fly Experience, a thrilling KJet boat experience, and a visit to TSS Earnslaw with Walter Peak Farm and Gourmet BBQ Dinner.

As your epic adventure draws to a close, a private departure transfer will take you from your hotel to Queenstown Airport. Reflect on the extraordinary experiences and breathtaking landscapes you’ve encountered throughout your journey.

This 13-night adventure through New Zealand is a dream come true for fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series. From the geothermal wonders of Rotorua to the cinematic landscapes of Wellington and the rugged beauty of Queenstown, you’ll immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Middle-earth while enjoying comfortable accommodation and memorable experiences. New Zealand truly is a place where fantasy becomes reality.


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Price

Travel Dates

Price*
*Price per person from Based on Double Occupancy
Jun 29, 2024 - Jul 24, 2024 from $7659pp*
Jul 25, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024 from $7279pp*
Sep 26, 2024 - Oct 16, 2024 from $7789pp*
Oct 17, 2024 - Dec 4, 2024 from $7499pp*
Dec 5, 2024 - Dec 12, 2024 from $7879pp*

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*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns July 25 - September 25, 2024. Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incur a $50 fee each direction. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by August 31, 2024. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (6/30/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.


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Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • One-way airfare from Wellington to Christchurch
  • One-way private arrival transfer Auckland Airport/Hotel 
  • 1 night Auckland, Movenpick Auckland, Superior King City Room including breakfast
    • Weta Workshop Unleashed, Auckland
    • One-way Hobbiton Express from Auckland to Rotorua
  • 2 nights Rotorua, Regent of Rotorua, Superior Room including breakfast
    • Eco Thermal Park Tour
    • Floatplane Crater Lake Flight
    • Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience
  • 4-days Intermediate Car Hire including unlimited mileage
  • 1 night Tongariro, Powderhorn Chateau, Hotel Suite
    • Sunset Guided Walk
  • 2 nights Wellington, Travelodge Hotel Wellington, Guest Room including breakfast
    • Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour
  • One-way private arrival transfer Christchurch airport/hotel
  • 3-nights Christchurch, The Mayfair, Mayfair King including breakfast
    • Lord of the Rings LOTR Tour
    • Wine Trail and City Day Tour
  • One-way Christchurch to Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo small-group tour
  • 4 nights Queenstown, The Dairy Private Hotel including breakfast
    • Half day Lord of the Rings experience, Queenstown
    • Milford Sound Fly, Nature Cruise, Fly Experience
    • KJet jetboat experience
    • TSS Earnslaw with Walter Peak Farm and Gourmet BBQ Dinner
  • One-way private departure transfer hotel to Queenstown Airport
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

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Itinerary

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    Day 1 - Depart USA

    This evening make your way to the Los Angeles Airport for your overnight flight aboard Air New Zealand to Auckland. Enjoy a dining experience full of super fresh ingredients and flavors and an extensive range of premium New Zealand wines to complement each meal. Relax in the ergonomically designed seats that create generous personal space to ensure a comfortable journey. Take control with on-demand entertainment and enjoy a wide range of audio and video and a collection of the very best in music.

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    Day 2 - International Date Line

    During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.

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    Day 3 - Auckland

    On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. This afternoon, make your way to the Weta Workshop and join the Unleashed tour. Join a 90 minute movie-making tour where you explore interactive and immersive make-believe film sets, focusing on the worlds of horror, fantasy and sci-fi. It's your chance to get up-close and hands-on with enchanting environments, resident creatures, hyper-realistic giants, a galactic robot, and much more.

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    Day 4 - Rotorua (B,D)

    Embark on a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Depart from Auckland, traveling south over the picturesque Bombay Hills into the Waikato region. As you traverse rolling green hills reminiscent of The Shire, your Bush and Beach guide offers insights into the surrounding areas and film background. Arriving at Shire's Rest, you'll begin your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location, the world's largest "green set," is the sole remaining part in New Zealand. Explore 44 charming hobbit holes, the Mill, the iconic double arch bridge, and the festive party tree. Capture a photo at the gate of Bilbo's house, "Bag End," with sweeping views of the set and distant hills. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a refreshing drink. Following the movie set adventure, you'll be transferred to Rotorua. This evening join the renowned hāngī buffet dinner at Te Puia and enjoy a cultural performance that unfolds within the intricately carved walls of the meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. This captivating experience encompasses a pōhiri, a traditional welcome, accompanied by waiata (songs), mōteatea (traditional chants), poi, and haka. The evening crescendos with a delightful serving of hot chocolate and steamed pudding, set amidst the billowing steam and the geyser terrace illuminated in vibrant colors.

    • Regent of Rotorua  (Superior)
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    Day 5 - Rotorua (B)

    This morning, visit Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks; Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rainbow Mt and boiling mud-fields. Your local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand. See volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs on a scenic drive around volcanic landscapes of farmland, native and exotic forests. The two heritage parks offer a variety of thermal activity; at Wai-o-tapu the amazingly colorful hot springs and moon-like landscapes are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley the guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption, native flora and fauna and the geothermal features which were blown open in 1886. This afternoon, take a floatplane flight and view Rotorua beyond the caldera rim. Enjoy spectacular views of hidden lakes district, local geothermal activity, and distant volcanoes in this captivating scenic flight over this stunning area!

    • Regent of Rotorua  (Superior)
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    Day 6 - Tongariro National Park

    Collect your rental vehicle and enjoy a leisurely drive to Ohakune, located at the entrance of Tongariro National Park. This afternoon, join an easy 2-hour loop to Taranaki Falls that is jam-packed with fascinating natural sights and excellent mountain views. A superb way to experience the Tongariro National Park and enjoy this stunning time of day. Enjoy a glass of New Zealand wine while you take in the sights of the Taranaki Falls tumbling 20 meters over the edge of a large lava flow, which erupted from Ruapehu 15,000 years ago. Your guide will talk about the area with their local knowledge of geology, volcanology and New Zealand cultural history.

    • Powderhorn Chateau  (Superior)
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    Day 7 - Wellington

    Continue your journey south to New Zealand's capital, Wellington, where you'll spend two nights. The drive takes you through a vast and picturesque landscape. Along the way, consider a stop at Waiouru, a military town renowned for the Army Museum, housing a remarkable collection of New Zealand military memorabilia and the history of its servicemen. For a brief change of scenery, explore the coastal towns of Paraparaumu, Paekakariki, and Plimmerton before reaching the capital city of Wellington by day's end. Upon arrival in Wellington, your city center accommodation offers easy access to the cafes and restaurants in the vibrant Courtenay Place. If your schedule allows, you can also explore New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, located nearby.

    • Travelodge Wellington  (Superior)
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    Day 8 - Wellington (B)

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before making your way to the Weta Workshop. Dive head-first into a world of movie magic in Wellington, New Zealand, and journey through the creative design and physical effects facility, Wētā Workshop, with a guided round trip. Explore real props, costumes and creatures created for your favorite films, from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar, District 9 and Mulan, and many more iconic movies. Interact with cool stuff from creative departments and catch an artist at work on the tour stage. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure.

    • Travelodge Wellington  (Superior)
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    Day 9 - Christchurch (B)

    Make your way to Wellington Airport and return your rental vehicle before boarding your flight to Christchurch. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a 3-night stay. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure.

    • The Mayfair Christchurch  (Deluxe)
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    Day 10 - Christchurch (B,L)

    Perfect for those wanting to experience Canterbury Wine Country, plus have an informative discussion on Christchurch, New Zealand’s newest city and a foodie’s hub. Having picked you up from your inner-city hotel we will head to the revitalized City Centre and discuss the rebuild and reinvention of our colorful City, now designed for walking. There are over 40 boutique vineyards within easy reach of Christchurch, a region renowned for producing aromatic wines, namely Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Your guide will carefully select 3 wineries whose tastings illustrate the caliber of New Zealand wine.

    • The Mayfair Christchurch  (Deluxe)
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    Day 11 - Christchurch (B,L)

    Journey to middle-earth and visit the beautiful Mt Potts High Country Station, home of Mt Sunday. This peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breath-taking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers, rugged mountain ranges and fresh, crisp mountain air. Enjoy a short 4WD adventure, get your photo taken with movie replica swords and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the mountains.

    • The Mayfair Christchurch  (Deluxe)
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    Day 12 - Queenstown (B)

    Depart from Christchurch with your guide en route to Queenstown via Mt Cook and Tekapo. Traverse the picturesque Canterbury plains, witnessing New Zealand's stunning farmlands and countryside. We'll take a brief morning tea stop in the charming town of Geraldine. Our journey continues, passing through the renowned blue lakes of Lake Tekapo, offering breathtaking alpine views along the way. In Tekapo, you'll have the chance to explore the popular Church of the Good Shepherd, meet the Mackenzie Sheep dog, and capture those Instagram-worthy shots of Lake Tekapo before we head to Mt Cook via Lake Pukaki. As you enter Aoraki National Park, the striking Lake Pukaki unfolds before you, its brilliant blue waters framed by the majestic backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. Pause for stunning photos and discover why this location served as the backdrop for numerous Lord of the Rings scenes, which we'll point out. Upon reaching Mt Cook Village, weather permitting, you'll have the opportunity to capture incredible shots of the 3,724-meter Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand's tallest peak. The village, at just 750 meters above sea level, offers unobstructed views of the mountain. Afterward, you will continue our journey to Queenstown.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Day 13 - Queenstown (B)

    Enjoy a free morning before joining an afternoon adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery and thrilling 4WD action whilst discovering LOTR filming locations. See the filming locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), Gladden Fields, the Ford of Bruinen and more. Travel an historic gold mining road, following the Arrow River, stop for a refreshing afternoon tea and the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning. Take in the spectacular panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Day 14 - Milford Sound (B)

    After checking in, your pilot will provide a detailed pre-flight briefing, highlighting the route and scenic wonders you'll encounter. Notable sights include Skippers Canyon, the Paradise region (famous for its role in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films), and the Donne glacier, among other breathtaking features. The 35-minute flight culminates with a majestic overflight of Milford Sound before landing. The second part of this adventure unfolds in Milford Sound, where your pilot personally escorts you to the boat docks. There, you'll board the "Spirit of Milford" for a Milford Sound Nature Cruise, limited to 150 passengers, ensuring an intimate experience. Nature Guides provide insightful commentary as the catamaran delves into the fiord's intricate corners, brushing against sheer rock faces to study the flora and fauna up close. Following your Milford Sound cruise, your return flight offers sweeping views of pristine alpine lakes and cascading waterfalls, a hallmark of Fiordland National Park. Among these, you'll spot the towering Sutherland Falls, stretching 580 meters (1900 feet). The flight lasts an additional 35 minutes, creating a total trip time of about five hours. Enjoy the scenic flight back from Milford Sound before arriving in Queenstown.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Day 15 - Queenstown (B,D)

    This morning, head down to Queenstown Marina for a 60-minute jetboat ride offering unforgettable thrills, spins, and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world's most stunning locations. The twin engine Jet boat roars across crystal clear Lake Wakatipu at breath- taking speed, surrounded by majestic mountains and mesmerizing scenery. Then the Jet boat zooms under the Kawarau Dam onto the deep green waters of the Kawarau River, complete with lots of 360⁰ spins. Next the adventure heightens as the driver navigates the fast- moving currents of the narrow braided Shotover River, racing up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 95KPH in water that's often less than 5cm deep. This evening, enjoy a dining experience like no other, cruise across Lake Whakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm and discover Queenstown’s incomparable fine dining destination. Once at the lakeside Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant savor the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce sizzling away on the grill. An entertaining farm demonstration is also included, or you can explore the beautiful lakeside gardens. After dinner, cruise back to Queenstown.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Day 16 - Depart Queenstown (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to Queenstown Airport for your return flight to the United States via Auckland.


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