7 Day Fangorn Forest & the Misty Mountains

7 Day Fangorn Forest & the Misty Mountains

With plenty of free time and the inclusion of the Dart River Safari, LOTR fans will simply love this self drive South Island itinerary. The perfect tour to experience South Island scenery in all its glory.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
From (NZD) $1953 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
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
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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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 & 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)

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/Edora itself and a delicious champagne picnic lunch.

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. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of the lake. 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 and the scenery is fantastic as you drive past Lake Pukaki which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers close to Aoraki/Mount Cook. Drive by the southern end of the lake, and through Twizel and the grassy plains of Pelennor Fields to Mt Cook village for overnight stay.

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. You could also pause to cast a line into the Ahuriri River – famous for sizeable rainbow and brown trout.

You’ll know you’re in Omarama when you see the giant merino sheep statue. This area’s unique geography has made it a magnet for gliding enthusiasts. The north-westerly wind blows steadily to form the famous Northwest Arch, a thermal that can take the glider pilots to 10,000 metres. Scenic soaring can be arranged.

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, not far from the southern end of the Lindis Pass, 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 Gandal’s flight to Rohan with Gwaihir, after his rescue from Orthanc.

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. The highest main road in New Zealand, with great views and gold mining history – it’s a unique trip not to be missed. The road zigzags up to the Crown Terrace and from there you can look down to Arrowtown in the Arrow Valley, and across at the end of the Remarkables and the road to the Remarkables skifield. 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)

Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure

Today is free for you to choose any activities you’d like (own expense), or you can extend this self drive to give yourself plenty of free time. 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 we 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 time for lunch (at own expense) 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. The Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Or if you’d like to visit one of New Zealands most popular iconic destinations then perhaps join an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound as you journey along the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau by coach. The road to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. At Milford Sound, board your boat for a spectacular cruise in New Zealand’s most famous waterway, a dramatic 22 kilometre fiord carved by glaciers during the last ice age. After your cruise you join your coach back to Queenstown.

Day 7
Depart Queenstown

Your visit to Middle Earth regrettably comes to an end today and so with fond memories of mountains and fiords, glaciers and sparkling braided rivers drifting in your memory, we ask you to return your car to nearby Queenstown airport where you will depart on your scheduled flight over our great Misty Mountains for a safe and pleasant journey home. Haere ra, Ka hoki mai ano (Farewell, but return again).


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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