New Zealand trips

The Ultimate Middle-earth itinerary

21 Days
2645km
1644mi

Route

Auckland Central to Queenstown Central

Highlights

  • Hobbiton
  • Lothlorien
  • Milford Sound

Best time of year

All year

Great Wizards are curious adventurers. This epic journey will guide you through all New Zealand has to offer in three weeks or more. Experience otherworldly landscapes and fascinating fiords and get to know the real Middle-earth. 

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Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails'.

Photo by Blaine Harrington

Day 1

A day in Auckland

Auckland

A vibrant city of harbours, beaches and islands, Auckland is known as the “City of Sails”. 

Head out on the water

Catch a ferry to one of the islands dotted just offshore from the city. Waiheke is known for its vineyards, sandy white beaches and quirky galleries, while Rangitoto is a dormant volcano laced with spectacular walking tracks. Many of the islands are within a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. 

Auckland city from Mt Eden

Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed Pacific vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surround it.

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