Land of the Rings

A 9 day tour itinerary appealing to those Frodo and Gandalf fans, with visits to official sites used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

"Land of the Rings" -  Auckland - Queenstown (9 Days)

Your Middle Earth Adventure starts here. Combine fun relaxed travel onboard an air conditioned coach with quality ensuite accommodation and activity options. See the best of NZ and Lord of the Rings & Hobbit film locations at the same time.

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  • 8 Nightsaccommodation
  • Hobbiton Guided location tour including visit to The Green Dragon inn.
  • Waitomo Glowworm caves entry
  • Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
  • "Safari of the Scenes" Queenstown location tour
  • "Trails of Middle Earth" Queenstown location tour
  • Visit Edoras and other christchurch locations
  • Jetboat down the River Anduin
  • Cruise Majestic Milford Sound
  • Visits to popular attractions and locations along the way.

Day One - Auckland - Matamata (Hobbiton) - Rotorua

We depart Auckland and head to Waitomo Caves, an underground world lit by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.  Enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. This subterrainean setting features in scenes from the upcoming 'Hobbit' movies. We finish the tour with a silent yet magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.

Leaving Waitomo enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as we make our way to Rotorua. We arrive at the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua where you will transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set tour. Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. This afternoon we head south to Rotorua where you will stay this evening.

Stay 1 Night in Rotorua.

Day two - Rotorua - Christchurch

Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle able onto travel on water and then head out to the airport for your flight to the South Island.

Stay 2 Nights in Christchurch.

Day three: At Christchurch

Journey to the LOTR filming locations, remove and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerge yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air.

Day four: Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown

Leaving Christchurch in the morning we travel through the diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps (Misty Mountains). We then continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aorakia / Mount Cook. This tour continues south through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country and on to world famous Queenstown.

Stay 3 Nights in Queenstown.

Day five: At Queenstown

This morning you embark on the "Trails of Middle Earth" full day's guided Middle-earth experience visiting over 20 locations, sights and scenes. View and handle some “top secret” items from the making of the movies and hear all the gossip and stories from the set.

Return to Queenstown at 5pm and spend the evening at your leisure.

Day Six: At Queenstown

Today travel by 4WD vehicle on Nomad's "Safari of the Scenes" tour to many of the sites used for the filming of 'Lord of the Rings’ these including Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains, Pillars of the Kings and Road to Mordor. The afternoon is free for you to add on a tour including Lothlorien, Isengard, Ithilien Camp and Amon Hen.

Day Seven: Queenstown - Te Anau

Today take a Jetboat ride up the River Anduin (Waiau River), during the one hour jetboating experience your driver tells you about the history and geography of the area including a visit to the 3 different film locations on the River Anduin.

Stay 1 Night in Te Anau.

Day Eight: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls aboard a scenic cruise on the Sound.

Depart Milford Sound back to Te Anau, then turn north, following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown where you stay this evening.

Day Nine: At Queenstown

Your tour concludes this morning on check-out.

For more information about this tour, do check out "Land of the Rings" on Thrifty Tours.

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