If you’re short on time, this is the Lord of the Rings tour you can’t miss. See the most iconic filming locations of both islands on this must do New Zealand guided holiday. 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.

7 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

Your fantastic guided Lord of the Rings 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 Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour + Taupo

Travel time Auckland to Waitomo Caves – 2.5 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 Taupo – 2 hours 

Enjoy the scenic 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.

Stay 1 night in Taupo.

Day 3 Mount Doom Scenic Flight + Rotorua

In the morning, lift high above Lake Taupo to soar around the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park, flying over Mt Doom as you explore the craters and colourful volcanic lakes on a scenic floatplane flight.

Travel time Taupo to Rotorua – 1 hour

Your geothermal experience will continue as you enjoy the short drive to Rotorua. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.

In the afternoon, you have the option to visit Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve to soak in a relaxing sulphur spa, or enjoy a Maori cultural experience and Hangi dinner.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 Hobbiton

Travel time Rotorua to Matamata – 1 hour (each way) 

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.

Enjoy a complimentary Southfarthing drink at the iconic Green Dragon Inn, with the option to purchase a small lunch as well.

Return to Rotorua in the afternoon and relax or visit the nearby settlement of Hamurana with your guide.

Day 5 Rotorua > Queenstown

Today, take a domestic flight from Rotorua to Queenstown (price of flight not included in holiday package).

When you arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, your guide will take you to your accommodation to relax and unwind.

Tour Queenstown with your guide in the afternoon, with the option to visit a winery or two in the Gibbston Valley of Vines, or ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 6 Queenstown Lord of the Rings Tour

Explore the Lord of the Rings filming locations around Queenstown today on a Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour. Visit the Pillars of the Kings and the Ford of Bruinen; cross the Arrow River multiple times; and even try your hand at panning for gold!

In the afternoon, you have the option to add on an unforgettable helicopter ride to see a number of remote filming locations tucked in spectacular mountain valleys and ridges throughout the region, or to enjoy a steamship cruise and high country farm dinner with the TSS Earnslaw.

Day 7 Dart River Jet Boat Safari + Isengard

Bring your fantastic holiday to a close today with an unforgettable wilderness jet boat safari.

Your guide will drive you to the stunning township of Glenorchy, nestled at the head of Lake Wakatipu, stopping for views along the way. The jet boat safari continues past Glenorchy up the Dart River, which passes into the Paradise Valley (easily recognisable as Isengard). Stop for a nature walk through the forest used as Lothlorien, and marvel at the snow-capped mountain peaks and stunning turquoise river.

Afterwards, relax and explore Glenorchy with your guide. You have the option to enjoy a forest walk, visit further filming locations (including the Ithilien Camp, the location of the Battle of Amon Hen, and the setting for Beorn’s house from The Hobbit), or take a scenic drive to Kinloch Lodge for a coffee or lunch overlooking the wild reaches of Lake Wakatipu.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Your guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.

 

Highlights Include: 

  • Visiting all of the top Lord of the Rings destinations, including:
    • Mt Doom
    • Hobbiton
    • Lothlorien
    • Isengard
    • The Anduin River
  • Witnessing a fantastic galaxy of glowworms at Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour New Zealand

  • Exploring the beautiful Ruakuri Cave, filled with delicate formations and echoing waterfalls.

Ruakuri Cave family guided tour, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

  • Soaring high above the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, past craters and emerald lakes and lava flows, and spotting Mt Doom along the way!

  • Exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua – see geysers, bubbling mud pools, turquoise sulphur springs, and colourful sinter terraces.

Rotorua geothermal reserve, New Zealand guided tours

  • Experiencing the magic of Middle-Earth as you explore the exquisitely rendered Hobbiton movie set.

Hobbiton movie set tour New Zealand

  • Immersing yourself in the Shire as you enjoy a complimentary drink (and perhaps even a hobbit-themed lunch) at the Green Dragon Inn following your movie set tour!

Green Dragon, Hobbiton movie set tour New Zealand

  • Staying in Queenstown, the vibrant adventure capital of New Zealand.

Queenstown New Zealand

  • Discovering the rugged surrounds of Queenstown on a 4WD Safari of the Scenes – visit the filming locations of the Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur’s fall, the Ford of Bruinen, and more!

Nomad Safaris Queenstown

  • Venturing into paradise on the Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari, and marvelling at the incredible filming locations of Isengard and Lothlorien.

Dart River wilderness jet safari, Queenstown, New Zealand

Your privately guided tour includes:

  • All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of the Auckland Airport, and dropped off at the departures hall of the Queenstown Airport
  • Excellent 4-star accommodation
  • Private tour guide
  • Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave Combo Tour
  • Mt Ruapehu Vista Scenic Floatplane Flight
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour
  • Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari

** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance.

 

Pricing

As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.

1 Traveller:    NZD$13,749

2 Travellers:  NZD$7649 per adult | NZD$6999 per child

3 Travellers:  NZD$5849 per adult | NZD$5249 per child

4 Travellers:  NZD$4999 per adult | NZD$4349 per child

5 Travellers:  NZD$4449 per adult | NZD$3799 per child

6 Travellers:  NZD$4099 per adult | NZD$3449 per child

7 Travellers:  NZD$3849 per adult | NZD$3199 per child

8 Travellers:  NZD$3649 per adult | NZD$2999 per child

9 Travellers:  NZD$3649 per adult | NZD$2999 per child

10 Travellers: NZD$3499 per adult | NZD$2899 per child

11 + Travellers:  Please enquire for your custom quote