15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour

Tour Middle Earth on this 15 day exploration of some of the fantastic LOTR & Hobbit filming locations around the country. The New Zealand tour travels the length of the country and includes many unqiue expereiences for fans of the trilogy and upcoming film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Auckland to Queenstown
Departures: Jun 2018 to Apr 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $5690 per person
Tour Operator: Red Carpet Tours
Pace: Lively
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: rct15

Inclusions

14 nights hotel accommodation
18 meals including 12 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 3 dinners (D)
Climb the magnificent Edoras.
Explore Bilbo’s Shire!
Experience breathtaking Mordor.
Geothermal Rotorua
Huka Waterfalls at Lake Taupo
Wellywood: Sir Peter Jackson’s Studios, Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop and the Elven Cloak factory.
Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise between the North and South islands.
Meet the makers of the ‘One Ring’.
Watch fur seals play, swim with dolphins or whale watch.
Beautiful Queenstown; Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand.
Visit beautiful Lothlorien.
View impressive Leaf Brooch Canyon.
Horse trekking to special Lord of the Rings locations.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

All travellers will make their own way to the Spencer on Byron. We gather informally at 5 p.m. to meet each other and enjoy a Welcome Dinner. It will be an early start tomorrow.

Stay: Spencer on Byron, Auckland

Day 2
Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua

This morning we depart at 08.00. We take a 2 hour drive south of Auckland, through rolling farmland and small towns. Hobbiton is situated on a glorious working sheep farm – you will recognise the Shire immediately! It’s a great start to our tour of Middle-earth, so let it enchant you! Have your photo taken beneath the Party Tree where Bilbo celebrated his 111th Birthday and where the Hobbits set off fireworks! While you’re there, why not have a dance on the party field!! Visit Bag End and take a stroll through Bagshot Row. A pint in the Green Dragon and a buffet lunch on site follows. In Rotorua later today, we’ll show you some geothermal activity and suggest optional activities such as a relaxing soak in a hot mineral Polynesian Spa Pool. Perhaps this evening, experience traditional Maori Culture at it’s very best, with a Maori concert and Hangi meal at Mitai Village. This is also an opportunity to see live Kiwi birds.

Stay: The Millennium Hotel Rotorua, (B, L)

Day 3
Rotorua - Ohakune

From Rotorua to Ohakune. Today we travel to the site of Trollshaw Forest, a wonderful guided tour of this Hobbit location – showcasing stunning scenery. We will enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on our way to Mt. Ruapehu and the film locations of Mordor, Emyn Muil and Mt Doom.

Stay: The Powderhorn Chateau – where the Stars stayed. (B)

Day 4
Ohakune - Wellington

This morning a Hobbit location of the Secret Entrance to Erebor and Lotr location of Gollum’s fishing pool, where Andy Serkis was careful not to plunge over the waterfall! Then head south to Wellington, New Zealands capital city.

Stay: The Amora Hotel, Wellington (3 nights) (B)

Day 5
Wellington

Weta Cave. We have a special ‘Red Carpet Tours’ programme arranged here, plus time for souvenir shopping. Later a quick ‘photo stop at Wellington Airport to see Weta Workshop’s giant sculptures, before checking out a movie site on Mt Victoria. The remainder of the day and evening is yours at leisure in Wellington.

Day 6
Wellington

After breakfast, we meet the Calligrapher, Cartographer and Artist, whose work on both trilogies will amaze you. After lunch, a special LOTR/Hobbit movie-related guest will share stories with us.
The remainder of the day and evening is yours at leisure in Wellington.

Day 7
Wellington - Nelson

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins. We catch the Interislander ferry from Wellington, sail (under 4 hrs) to Picton in the South Island and head across to Nelson on our coach. Weather permitting, there are exceptional optional extra activities planned over the next 2 days. A kayaking activity where the Dwarves floated away in barrels, escaping the Elves and Orcs and a helicopter flight to ‘South of Rivendell’ and Dimrill Dale. Fine weather requested !

Stay: Trailways Hotel, Nelson (2 nights) (B)

Day 8
Nelson

This morning, weather permitting, there is a two hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of “South of Rivendell”, at the top of Mt Olympus. More than highly recommended! We head back into Nelson city to meet and 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, with opportunities to purchase items.

Day 9
Nelson - Christchurch

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.

Stay: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Day 10
Edoras

It’s time to head for the site and magnificence that is Edoras! a very spiritual experience! It’s a 30 minute trek to reach the summit . The 360 degree views are breathtaking! You will stand where the Golden Hall once stood and survey the mountain panorama all around you as you fly the Rohan flag! You will be reluctant to leave. Refreshment awaits us at the Lodge, before we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Keep a lookout for our highest mountain; Aoraki, Mt Cook – the Cloud Piercer of 12,000 feet. Overnight at Twizel. This is a great place to study the night sky – and see the Southern Cross.

Stay: Twizel (B, L, D)

Day 11
Pelennor Fields - Cromwell

We depart at around 8-00 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 visit the stunning location of Laketown and enjoy a guided tour there. Time to try your archery skills – perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us ? Then head to Omarama for lunch. This afternoon a special visit to Mrs Jones’s orchard.

Stay: The Harvest Hotel (B)

Day 12
Cromwell - Queenstown

Further south today, to where the Rohan village was burned . Walk through the canyon where Pippin’s leaf brooch was dropped and to where Eomer demands “What business does an elf, a man and a dwarf have in the Riddermark ?” Later, we call in at Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of 1860s. We pan for Gold and enjoy second breakfast near the beautiful Arrow river. This afternoon there are opportunities for wine tasting or a visit to the Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy bridge. Keen to jump above the river Anduin ? Finally Queenstown , where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful town.

Stay: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown (3 nights) (B)

Day 13
Queenstown

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several LOTR sites – The calling up of Shadowfax -The Silverlode bridge -The Orc funeral pyre -Fangorn Forest – Nen Hithoel -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! We arrive back in Queenstown by late-afternoon. Enjoy more free time in this picturesque paradise!

Day 14
Queenstown at Leisure

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

  • A 4 wheel drive tour to Lothlorien country?
  • A jet boat ride or bungy jump?
  • Or a hot air balloon ride?
  • Cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Para-sailing?
  • Retail therapy in Queenstown.

Your Guide will have circulated a booklet of activities highly recommended by past groups and will have discussed the many options. Your preferred bookings will have been made for you and you pay the provider on the day. Tonight Our Farewell Dinner at ‘Elements Restaurant’ (D)

Day 15
Departure Day

Alas, your journey through Middle-earth is at an end. It time to give your final farewell to your newly made friends and make your own arrangements to the airport.

4.9/5.0

There are 22 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

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12/03/2018
LOTR 15 day tour is fantastic! This is the 2nd time we've been on the tour. If you are a LOTR fan this is definitely the tour for you! Julie, our tour guide was amazing! We plan on doing it for a 3rd time in a coupe of years! We highly recommended the LOTR 15 day tour! Relaxing Journeys is top notch! We've used them to plan two of our holidays to New Zealand and we will use them again when we return in a couple of years. We highly recommend them.
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04/09/2017
This tour is set up to cater for hard core Tolkien Fans. I wouldn't recommend this tour to someone with a casual or interest or who has just watched the movies. It is an expensive tour, but it is worth the money you pay.
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06/03/2017
Relaxing Journeys made my booking so easy and painless. Toni is VERY helpful and was in constant contact with me and was patient with all my many questions. Red Carpet Tours for the LOTR is an exceptional group. Julie is the best tour guide I've ever had. She made the whole experience more personal with her knowledge and passion for LOTR. It felt like a very exclusive tour because she took us in remote areas that would not be available elsewhere. We ate like Hobbits and was thoroughly entertained nonstop throughout the tour. You don't have to a mega fan of LOTR to enjoy all that NZ has to offer. But if you are fan, this tour will enhance your Middle-earth experience tenfold. I highly recommend this tour and booking from Relaxing Journeys.
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05/03/2017
The tour was an amazing experience, it was well worth the price. The locations were gorgeous and the people were lovely. Our tour felt more like an in depth look at both the Lord of the Rings movies and New Zealand itself because our tour guide knew so many of the local people. Overall it was everything I hoped for and more and I would definitely do it again.
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04/03/2017
The tour was even better than I thought it was going to be. The service was excellent and Julie, our tour guide, was enthusiastic and took great care of us. Everywhere we went was an outstanding experience and there optional activities we could take advantage of. Marie from Relaxing Journeys, my tour consultant, did a great job. She always answered my questions and provided good advice and answers no matter how many questions I submitted. I am very happy with Relaxing Journeys and Red Carpet Tours. I would definitely recommend both. There are no words to describe how wonderful and unique this experience was. I didn't want to leave!
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01/01/2017
Absolutely 100% recommend this tour company. Not only do they do a phenomenal job organizing and taking you around the country, they make you feel as though you are part of the fabric that makes New Zealand what it is. You will not find another group that is as dedicated to you or that makes your journey as amazing as they do. Julie is a phenomenally patient and knowledgeable guide and will make you wish you could live in New Zealand forever.
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03/10/2016
Best holiday ever! I had really high hopes for this trip as my friend and I had saved for a long time to go on it. And my gosh, it did not disappoint. Worth every penny. We are big fans of the middle earth world, but even if we weren't, I feel this would have been a fantastic way to squeeze in as many sights and activities as possible in two weeks. I was most hesitant about going on holiday with a group of strangers, but in many ways that was one of the best bits. I've never done an organised tour before, but this just felt like an extended school field trip with a bunch of friends hanging out. Everyone was so like-minded, open, friendly and funny. I had the time of my life and am hoping that the friendships I made will last a good long time. :)
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03/10/2016
This trip was literally my favorite thing I've ever done.
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01/08/2016
The tour was absolutely fantastic, Julie was a very helpful, enthusiastic, kind and patient guide. The hotels were all really good, clean and warm. The attractions and optional extras were perfect. Can't rate this tour highly enough!!
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09/11/2015
My boyfriend and I went on the 15 day Lord of the rings tour, on the 9/11/2015! We started planning this to go about a year ago and after I got the all clear from the hospital booked it in May/June. Marie was extremely helpful and patient with us, especially as we enquirer about February time! The tour itself was absolutely amazing! I would recommend going even if you aren't a massive fan of LOTR/Hobbit! The scenery and opportunities you get are one in a million! We had such an amazing time in New Zealand that I'm already wanting to go back and I haven't even been home for 24 hours! If it's a dream to go there, I would, you won't regret it! Especially with this tour as you see both islands in all their beauty, and meet so many amazing people! If I could rate higher than excellent I would :)
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07/09/2015
The Red-Carpet LOTR Tour met my expectations. I was very glad that I get to stay at the same room at the Powderhorn Chateau where Elijah Wood who played Frodo during the filming of the LOTR. I would probably do the same or similar tour in the future.
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07/09/2015
Very well organized! Excellent trip for hardcore LOTR fans, with exclusive access to some filming spots. Stunning scenery of course!
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07/09/2015
My husband and I had an amazing adventure in New Zealand on this Lord Of The Rings tour! We have both fallen in love with New Zealand because of it. It truly was a trip of a lifetime! Julie, our tour guide/hostess was beyond wonderful! She was so incredibly helpful, personable and knowledgeable - always with a smile on her face. :) She was completely dedicated to making sure we had a wonderful time on our holiday, and because of her, we did! She is a gem! We highly recommend this tour!
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05/01/2015
I had a blast, I can't fault the team from Red Carpet, they were great fun and it was well run. Some of the locations were not what the public would normally have access to, so this was great. The actual itinerary for the tour was different to what you at Relaxing Journeys advertised, so I would say you need to speak to them about more accurate advertising on your part. (Ed. Hmmm, not sure how we can make it clearer? It's highlighted in bold at the top of the itinerary.) I had a great bunch of people on my tour and this made it even more special. The only thing I would say to people about New Zealand is don't expect great internet access! I was surprised at the majority of hotels that you had to pay for access (apart from 20-30 mins in the lobby), and the amount you got wasn't that much. My advice is tell people in advance that you won't be in touch, they'll have to wait until you get home for a report! Also some of the hotels were quite basic but if you are only there for a night, it's not so bad. Best hotel was Powderhorn Chateau, I got Billy Boyd's room and you can get a souvenir keyring and certificate!
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13/10/2014
An amazing trip showing sights from the top of the North Island through to the bottom of the South Island. It's very intense with mornings starting typically at 0630-0700 and lots of travel by coach to each location. This trip is a must if you are a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings as there is always an opportunity for acting out scenes at most of the locations. Be aware that there are a lot of activities that are additional costs - the Helicopter ride at Nelson is amazing! Lots of effort is put into the trip especially for the major fans of the films. If acting is not for you the scenery and the access to the locations is brilliant.
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13/10/2014
The most amazing holiday I have ever had in my life. Julie and Deanna our lovely guides really made this a special tour. I can only recommend to travel with Red Carpet Tours if you are an avid LOTR and Hobbit fan. This is not just someone making money from the hype around Peter Jackson's movies but Julie and her family are true fans themselves and are passionate, lovely and caring. I will definitely return and go on the tour again.
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13/10/2014
The guides, bus drivers, locations and people we met were fantastic. The size of the group was also nice - you wouldn't want too many more though as some of the places we visited were very small or designed for smaller groups and some of the optional activities were better for smaller groups. The accommodation was lovely. For those on a budget however you may want to consider offering some cheaper alternatives in some of the major cities eg: Wellington/Auckland. Overall the tour was fantastic though and I would recommend it to anyone even if they are not LOTR/Hobbit fans!
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09/06/2014
Surpassed all of our expectations. Very well organised and gave us the opportunity to see LotR sights as well as the fabulous NZ countryside. We would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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08/04/2013
The tour was really great. Very well organized. Not only do you get a lot of information about the LOTR movies but also about NZ. The chosen hotels were all good. Highly recommended!
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11/02/2013
Our Red Carpet Tour of Lord of the Rings sites and adventures was superb. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, our fellowship members were fun and interesting, and all of the activities and sites were wonderful. I expected this tour to be top-notch, and it exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it for all LOTR fans.
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31/12/2012
Red Carpet tours were fabulous! Great accommodations and Julie and Vic were knowledgable and wonderful hosts! Would tour New Zealand with them again!
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31/12/2012
The best tour I have ever experienced, from the flight there to the tour itself. Probably the number one tour program I ever been on and hope to attend again.
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Departures: Jun 2018 to Apr 2019
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