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10 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour

Tour Highlights

 Private Escort / Tour Guide-Driver & Private Mercedes Touring Vehicle
 Excellent 4-Star Accommodation 10 Nights, 11 Days Touring
 Included North Island Tours: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Rotorua Geothermal Reserve Tour & Geothermal Spa Weta Workshop Tour New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour Interislander Wellington to Picton Ferry
Included South Island Tours: Pelennor Fields + Argonath + Misty Mountains + Ford of Bruinen Jet Boat Queenstown + New Zealand Lord of the Rings Locations Tour + Isengard
•• Special Deal: Includes FREE Skyline Queenstown Gondola Pass ••

If you want to come to New Zealand to fulfil a dream of discovering Middle-Earth, this New Zealand Lord of the Rings vacation is for you. See the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations on this must do New Zealand guided holiday. Your private guide will meet you at the airport and take you on an insider’s tour of Middle-earth! Offering the best flexible New Zealand escorted tours with no date or itinerary restrictions.

10 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland

Auckland is a multi-cultural urban oasis of food, music, arts and culture. World-class shopping and phenomenal dining is never too far from harbours, islands, native bush and black-sand beaches.

Explore Auckland with your guide.

The Auckland Museum is well worth a visit. With internationally significant Māori and Pacific collections to explore, the Auckland Museum is a must-see place to experience our rich culture.

If you would like to get straight into nature; skipper an America’s Cup yacht or experience whale watching.

Option to visit top attractions such as the Sky Tower and Mt Eden’s volcanic crater.

In the evening the fairy lights of Federal Street will lure you into some of the finest restaurants in Auckland or head down to The Viaduct, a food and drinks hub in central Auckland.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 2 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour + Rotorua

Travel time Auckland to Matamata – 2 hours 

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will escort you around the set, pointing out famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn. You will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.

Travel time Matamata to Rotorua – 1 hour 

Enjoy the scenic drive to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.

Top recommendations for the evening include taking the Skyline Gondola to enjoy a delicious dinner atop the Skyline Complex.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 3 Rotorua Geothermal Reserve Tour & Geothermal Spa

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Rotorua Mud Pools & Geysers + Rotorua Spa

In the morning, stroll through Hell’s Gate, a steaming thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools, steaming craters, mineral pools, learn about New Zealand’s history and culture, and even try Maori weaving and wood carving! After you have explored the thermal reserve, enjoy a relaxing sulphur spa overlooking the reserve. There is no limit on how long you can spend at Hell’s Gate – enjoy the experience at your leisure.

Explore Rotorua with your guide in the afternoon. One destination you may want to visit is Hamurana—this small township with 900 dwellings is located 15 kms (20 minutes drive) northeast of Rotorua, and is renowned for the stunning Hamurana Springs. A stream-side walk runs through a redwood grove with beautiful views of the crystal-clear water that runs into Lake Rotorua.

Or visit the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees.

The National Kiwi Hatchery is the national leader in egg incubation systems, hatching techniques and kiwi chick rearing. Add the National Kiwi Hatchery to your tour and you’ll get to see kiwi eggs being incubated and newly hatched kiwi chicks.

Top recommendations for the evening include a Maori Culture Experience inclusive of a Hangi Dinner (traditional Maori Earth Oven Dinner).

Day 4 Gollum’s Pool + Mordor + Wellington

Travel time Rotorua to Wellington – 4.5 hours 

Enjoy the scenic drive from Rotorua to Wellington. Along the way, you will come across Tongariro National Park, which boasts an impressive collection of volcanoes. For Lord of the Rings fans your guide can take you to view Gollum’s Pool and show you Mordor!

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to concerts, live theatre, exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.

Tour Wellington’s top attractions with your guide, popular options include Te Papa Tongarewa: The Museum of New Zealand, Weta Workshop, Wellington Cable Car, Mt Victoria Lookout and Zealandia – an ecosanctuary in the heart of Wellington.

Stay 2 nights in Wellington.

Day 5 New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour + Weta Workshop

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New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour

Today, join a full-day Lord of the Rings tour! Follow in the footsteps of Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elves and Men. You will cover a lot of ground on the tour, but there is enough time to explore, recreate scenes for yourself, and work out how the movies were made. The scenery of Wellington mirrors that of Middle-Earth.

The morning is spent exploring the city locations; you will spend 40 minutes walking through the Outer Shire. This location includes the famous ‘Get off the road’ scene, the ‘shortcut to mushrooms,’ the Black Rider scenes and many more. Then it’s off to the Weta Workshop for an inside look at the Wellington film industry. Your visit to Weta will include the ‘Window into Workshop’ exhibition, which is a guided tour of the inner working of the Weta Workshop. After the morning’s excitement, it’s time for an Orc-sized lunch. You will head out to Scorch-O-Rama cafe for an LOTR themed menu designed especially for Wellington Rover Tours. This is included in the cost of your tour. The afternoon is spent exploring the Great River Anduin, the Gardens of Isengard, and Rivendell. You will also see the location where Helms Deep & Minas Tirith were filmed.

Day 6 Interislander Ferry + Kaikoura

Sailing time Wellington to Picton – 3 hours 

Travel time Picton to Kaikoura – 2 hours 

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Kaikoura Whale Watching

Begin your day with a cruise across the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton in the South Island.

Upon reaching the South Island, your guide will take you on a scenic drive through the Marlborough wine region. You have the option to stop at a winery (or two!) along the way for samples of the award-winning wines.

Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips can be taken by sea or air and the local seal colony is always entertaining.

Spend the evening in Kaikoura, a stunning coastal town with a backdrop of majestic mountains. Be sure to sample the superb local seafood at dinner!

Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.

Day 7 Christchurch + Edoras

Travel time Kaikoura to Christchurch – 2.5 hours 

Discover the vibrant and picturesque garden city, renowned for its natural beauty, lively entertainment scene, and strong cultural heritage. With its stunning botanical gardens and tree-lined avenues, Christchurch is both a sophisticated city and beautiful place to relax.

Explore Christchurch with your guide. Recommended activities include the Christchurch Gondola, Tramway, Punting on the Avon River, Riverside Market and the Botanical Gardens.

Or discover Middle-earth and visit the spectacular Alpine location of Edoras from the Lord of the Rings trilogy on a full-day add-on tour through the scenic landscapes of Mount Potts in the upper reaches of the Rangitata Valley.

In the evening option to add dinner aboard the Christchurch Tram, enjoy a three-course meal whilst touring the inner city, the perfect way to experience Christchurch City.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 8 Lake Tekapo

Travel time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo – 3 hours 

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Horse Riding New Zealand

Your scenic journey through the Mackenzie Basin begins today. As the Southern Alps loom before you, there will be photo opportunities around every corner.

Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing and booking a stargazing tour.

Lake Tekapo has many things to do and explore. Visit the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most photographed places in the country because of its incredible backdrop of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps. Just around the corner from the Church is the Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, another great photo opportunity in an extraordinary setting.

One of the most popular attractions in town is Tekapo Springs. With hot pools, spas, water slides, steam rooms, saunas and more, they have everything covered for everyone.

Stay 1 night at Lake Tekapo.

Day 9 Pelennor Fields + Argonath + Misty Mountains + Ford of Bruinen + Queenstown

Travel time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown – 3 hours 

As you continue the spectacular drive south, you have the option to make a side trip to Mt Cook Village. You could also make a short trip to the filming location for Pelennor Fields, at Ben Ohau.

You also have the option to visit top wineries on the drive through the Kawarau Gorge.

Visit Arrowtown prior to reaching Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. Time permitting, your guide will show you the filming locations for the Argonath, the Misty Mountains, and the Ford of Bruinen.

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.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 10 Jet Boat + New Zealand Lord of the Rings Locations, Isengard & Ithilien Camp

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Jet Boat Queenstown

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.

In the afternoon, return to Queenstown and explore the area with your guide, with the option to visit more filming locations around town, or sample award-winning wines at the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley.

In the evening, raise a glass to a fantastic New Zealand Lord of the Rings vacation!

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

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


As our Guided Tour prices are split between travellers, pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on the tour. Please make a tour enquiry to receive your personal quote.

11+ Travellers: Please enquire for your personal quote
10 Travellers: NZD$5,899 per adult | NZD$5,499 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$6,399 per adult | NZD$5,999 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$6,499 per adult | NZD$6,099 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$6,999 per adult | NZD$6,599 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$7,199 per adult | NZD$6,799 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$8,299 per adult | NZD$7,899 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$8,999 per adult | NZD$8,599 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$11,599 per adult | NZD$11,199 per child
2 Travellers: NZD$14,299 per adult | NZD$13,899 per child
1 Traveller: NZD$27,499

Please see USD pricing below, conversions do vary. When booking a New Zealand Guided Tour, payment is collected in New Zealand Dollars.

11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote
10 Travellers: USD$3,699 per adult | USD$3,449 per child
9 Travellers: USD$3,999 per adult | USD$3,749 per child
8 Travellers: USD$4,049 per adult | USD$3,799 per child
7 Travellers: USD$4,349 per adult | USD$4,099 per child
6 Travellers: USD$4,499 per adult | USD$4,249 per child
5 Travellers: USD$5,199 per adult | USD$4,949 per child
4 Travellers: USD$5,599 per adult | USD$5,349 per child
3 Travellers: USD$7,249 per adult | USD$6,999 per child
2 Travellers: USD$8,949 per adult | USD$8,699 per child
1 Traveller: USD$17,249

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