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
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 24 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

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03/09/2018
I can not praise Relaxing Journeys and Red Carpet Tours enough! I have had the most wonderful holiday and one that I will never forget. Toni and Mani were extremely helpful before The trip and Julie from Red Carpet Tours worked tirelessly to make the tour an unforgettable experience. I was quite anxious as a solo traveller but the Fellowship bonded very quickly as we shared this fantastic experience together. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody but especially those who love Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit films.
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03/09/2018
Absolutely loved this holiday. The LOTR tour felt a lot longer than two weeks, there was so much to see and do. The group I was with were fantastic too - we all got on really well. Julie @RCT is a star - she worked so hard to ensure everything went smoothly. I can't wait to head back to New Zealand - still so much more to explore.
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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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15 Day Lord Of The Rings Tour
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Tour Code: rct15
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Departures: Jun 2018 to Apr 2019
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