If you can only visit one island in New Zealand, Hobbiton is a good reason to choose the North Island. With rolling hills that immediately evoke the Shire, rugged volcanoes, and otherworldly glowworm caves, you will feel as though you stepped straight into Middle-Earth.
Your private guide will meet your group at the airport and take you on an insider’s tour of Middle-Earth! Offering New Zealand’s top escorted tour operators and highly experienced tour guides, we cater for groups of 1-20 people. No date or itinerary restrictions, your Lord of the Rings guided tour can be fully customised.
10 Day Hobbit Country Guided Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Your fantastic guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to 1/4 of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.
Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, or Piha Beach.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Day 2 Coromandel
Travel time Auckland to Coromandel – 2.5 hours
Embark on a scenic tour of the Coromandel Peninsula, taking in views of the lush rainforest and idyllic beaches. If the tide is right, visit Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pools in the sand, on your way to Whitianga.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 3 Cathedral Cove Boat Tour + Hot Water Beach
Discover the rugged coastline today on a boat tour that takes you through the marine reserve and past immense sea caves and sandy bays. Stop at the famous Cathedral Cove to soak in the views!
In the afternoon, your guide will show you some of the best hidden secrets of the Coromandel, including lush forest walks and secluded golden-sand beaches.
Day 4 Hobbiton + Rotorua
Travel time Coromandel to Matamata – 2.5 hours
Experience the magic of Middle-Earth as you tour the Hobbiton Movie Set, where the charming village from The Lord of the Rings has been brought to life.
Travel time Matamata to Rotorua – 1 hour
Enjoy the scenic drive through rolling farmland to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 5 Geothermal Wonders + Maori Culture
Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide today, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.
In the evening, get a taste of Maori culture with a traditional performance and a delicious hangi dinner, which has been cooked underground over slow heat.
Day 6 Hawkes Bay Wine Region Tour
Travel time Rotorua to Napier – 3 hours
Head to the East Coast today to discover Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Visit vineyards and cellar doors with your guide in the afternoon, stopping to sample the award-winning Hawkes Bay wines.
Stay 1 night in Napier.
Day 7 Wellington
Travel time Napier to Wellington – 4 hours
Continue south to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Your guide will help you become acquainted with this charming city – you could visit the Te Papa Museum, ride the Wellington Cable Car, or take in the views from the top of Mt Victoria.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 8 Wellington Lord of the Rings Tour
Today, enjoy an exciting full-day Lord of the Rings tour of Wellington! Visit filming locations around the city and surrounding countryside, make a stop at Weta Studios for a guided tour, and enjoy a Lord of the Rings-themed lunch.
Day 9 Taupo
Travel time Wellington to Taupo – 5 hours
Your Middle-Earth experience will continue as you enjoy the drive to Taupo, a small town set beside New Zealand’s largest lake. With the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park looming in the distance, and the lake itself formed from an ancient volcanic crater, you will get a close-up look at the immense forces that shaped New Zealand. Visit Huka Falls with your guide and relax on the lakefront.
In the afternoon, you have the option to add on a scenic floatplane flight over Mt Doom and the otherworldly volcanic wonderland of Tongariro National Park.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 10 Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
Travel time Taupo to Waitomo Caves – 2 hours
Venture off the beaten track as your guide takes you on a scenic drive to the Waitomo Caves. The land is wilder around here, with limestone outcroppings emerging from farmland and densely forested hills rising all around, but the wildest landscape of all lies underground.
Witness the marvels of these vast caverns as you explore two fantastic caves – the Ruakuri Cave, home to a dizzying array of cave formations, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you will be dazzled by a galaxy of glowworms overhead.
Travel time Waitomo Caves to Auckland – 3 hours
As your holiday draws to a close, return to Auckland and spend your final evening shopping, touring around with your guide, or celebrating the end of a fantastic holiday with a fine dinner.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Day 11 Depart Auckland
Your guide will deliver you to Auckland Airport for your departing flight.
- Visiting all of the top Lord of the Rings destinations, including:
- Weta Workshop
- The Shire
- The Gardens of Isengard
- Discovering the rugged coastline of the Coromandel by boat – visit sea caves and bays, and even make a stop at the world-famous Cathedral Cove!
- Digging your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach.
- Experiencing the magic of Middle-Earth as you explore the exquisitely rendered Hobbiton movie set.
- Exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua – see geysers, bubbling mud pools, turquoise sulphur springs, and colourful sinter terraces.
- Experiencing an authentic Maori cultural show and enjoying a traditional hangi meal cooked underground!
- Sampling wines at some of the top vineyards in Napier.
- Visiting Weta Workshop and a number of iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations around Wellington.
- Visiting the magnificent Huka Falls.
- Witnessing a fantastic galaxy of glowworms at Waitomo Caves.
- Exploring the beautiful Ruakuri Cave, filled with delicate formations and echoing waterfalls.
Your privately guided tour includes:
- All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of Auckland Airport and dropped off at the departures hall of Auckland Airport
- Excellent 4-star accommodation
- Private tour guide
- Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Wellington Lord of the Rings Tour
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave Combo Tour
** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance.
As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.
1 Traveller: NZD$17,499
2 Travellers: NZD$9299 per adult | NZD$8899 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$6949 per adult | NZD$6549 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$5749 per adult | NZD$5399 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$5049 per adult | NZD$4649 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$4549 per adult | NZD$4199 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$4249 per adult | NZD$3849 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$3999 per adult | NZD$3499 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$3949 per adult | NZD$3499 per child
10 Travellers: NZD$3799 per adult | NZD$3399 per child
11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote