7 Day Fangorn Forest & the Misty Mountains

7 Day Fangorn Forest & the Misty Mountains

Lord of the Rings fans can discover Fiordland where filming took place for the 'home of the Ents' and carry on to the village of Glenorchy where the jagged peaks of the snow capped misty mountains act as a spectacular back drop.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Queenstown
Departures: Jan 2020 - March 2021
Price: From (NZD) $2222 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 7 Days


6 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport collection charges
Full day Lord of the Rings Tour, Christchurch
Dart River Wilderness Safari


Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2020 – March 2021. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City. Upon arrival at Christchurch airport, you will be personally met by our representative and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. Following the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to get a taste of what the city has to offer. (2 nights)

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Day 2
Christchurch - Tour to Edoras - Christchurch

Join your Lord of the Rings tour today and journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday, and see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people.

Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. This amazing day includes 4WD access onto Mt Sunday/Edoras itself and a delicious champagne picnic lunch.

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Day 3
Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook

Take delivery of your rental car this morning and head south across the Canterbury Plains, through the picturesque town of Geraldine. Be sure you make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo, a beautiful turquoise coloured lake and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores. This is one of the most photographed churches in the world made of stone and sand from around the lake.

You are now in Mackenzie Country, the location of the epic battle of the Pelennor Fields, where thousands of orcs bred by Sauron clashed with the men of Gondor and Rohan was filmed.

Continue your journey on to Mt Cook village for an overnight stay.

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Day 4
Mt Cook - Wanaka

The easy drive to Omarama takes you through picturesque sheep farming country fringed with mountain ranges. You’ll have the chance to detour to the fascinating Paritea cliffs, which are constantly being exposed by the active Osler fault line.

Your trip to Wanaka then takes you through the beautiful Lindis Pass – just magic when there’s snow around. Then at Tarras, a small sheep farming settlement on State Highway 8, you might like to stop at one of the vineyards that have been established here in recent years (mainly Pinot Noir and Riesling) before you head inland to reach your destination of the peaceful and picturesque lakeside town Wanaka.

From the waterfront, look towards the Alps at the end of the lake and you’ll see the backdrop used for Gandalf’s flight to Rohan with Gwaihir, after his rescue from Orthanc.

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Day 5
Wanaka - Queenstown

From the beautiful scenic centre of Lake Wanaka we recommend you take the shorter route to Queenstown, 70 km (44 miles) by way of the Crown Range. Drive over the Crown Range Road and you’ll find yourself in the Cardrona Valley. From here you can drive to the summit of Mount Cardona (1119m) for a panoramic view of Middle‑earth. To the left are the River Anduin and the Pillars of the Argonath. In the hills straight ahead is the Dimrill Dale and oi the distance is Amon Hen on the shore of Nen Hithoel.

More conservative drivers can take the State highway 6 route that runs beside the Clutha River, Lake Dunstan and the Shotover River and takes you through Cromwell and the scenic Kawarau Gorge and onto Queenstown.

This afternoon, join your Dart River Wilderness Safari. The ‘Wilderness Safari’ is a diverse adventure exploring spectacular ‘World Heritage’ wilderness within Mt Aspiring National Park through a combination of exhilarating wilderness jet boating, informative guided ancient forest walk and back-country 4WD safari vehicle. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys shrouded in native Beech forest, your specialist guides will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. (2 nights)

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Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure

Today you  can explore Queenstown on your own. We’d recommend either a day tour to Milford Sound or a Safari of the Scenes half day Lord of the Rings tour.

The Lord of the Rings Wakatipu Basin Tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a bird’s eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes.

Travelling from The Remarkables you will head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings before heading to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed.

After lunch, join the Glenorchy tour and follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise to discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

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Day 7
Depart Queenstown

Your visit to Middle Earth regrettably comes to an end today and you will return your rental car to Queenstown airport where you will depart on your scheduled flight over the great Misty Mountains for your onward journey.

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There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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Amazing! Awesome! Unforgettable!
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We absolutely loved our time in NZ. We had the luck of getting perfect weather at every stage of the trip and we were never disappointed with any aspect of the journey. We loved the tour guide Brent during our Edoras tour, and we thought the drive down to Queenstown well paced. Every accommodation site was well located and pleasant, and locals of New Zealand made us feel very at home. The only stop we thought was a bit ordinary was Twizel. I can understand how the stop is strategic, considering the longer drive from Christchurch and the need to have a rest overnight, but if we bypassed Twizel and stayed in a different nearby location, or maybe near Lake Tekapo, it would have been more of a worthwhile location. But that does not mean we didn't enjoy every minute of it. Once again it was a pleasure and thanks for all your help Toni.
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