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07 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour

Tour Highlights

 Private Escort / Tour Guide-Driver & Private Mercedes Touring Vehicle
 4-Star Accommodation 7 Nights (option to upgrade), 8 Days Touring
 Included North Island Tours: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour Mt Doom Scenic Floatplane Flight Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Included South Island Tours: Queenstown, New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour Queenstown Jet Boat Tour + Isengard

If you’re short on time, this is the New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour package you can’t miss. See the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations on both islands 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.

Read on for the full details of the 7 Day Lord of the Rings Tour Package.

7 Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour Package Itinerary (Updated 2023/24)

Day 1 Auckland

Your fantastic guided Lord of the Rings holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, 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.

If you would like to get straight into nature; skipper an America’s Cup Yacht or experience Whale Watching. Or 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 Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour + Taupo

Travel time Auckland to Waitomo Caves – 2.5 hours

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour

Venture off the beaten track as your guide takes you on a scenic drive to the Waitomo Caves. Witness the marvels of these vast caverns as you explore 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.

Taupo is rich in natural beauty with attractions such as the Huka Falls. Visit this stunning natural attraction with your guide.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a real hidden gem. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements.

Stay 1 night in Taupo.

Day 3 Mount Doom Scenic Flight + Rotorua

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Mount Doom Scenic Flight

In the morning, lift-off high above Lake Taupo to soar around the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park. Fly 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 Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve to soak in a relaxing sulphur spa. Other options include visiting the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees.

Top recommendations for the evening include a Maori Culture Experience inclusive of a Hangi Dinner (traditional Maori Earth Oven Dinner). Or taking the Skyline Gondola with a delicious dinner atop the Skyline Complex.

Stay 1 night in Rotorua.

Day 4 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour + Auckland

Travel time Rotorua to Matamata – 1 hour

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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.

Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did. Your guide will escort you around the set, pointing out famous locations and explaining how the movie 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, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage.

Travel time Matamata to Auckland – 2 hours

Explore Auckland with your guide this evening. You may want to do a spot of shopping at the Britomart Shopping Precinct or discover Auckland’s diverse range of cuisine and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart Precinct and Federal Street.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 5 Auckland > Queenstown

Today, take a domestic flight from Auckland to Queenstown. (Price of flight not included in holiday package, please enquire for indicative pricing.)

Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. Let Queenstown awaken your inner-explorer. Whether you’re interested in exploring Lord of the Rings Film Locations, indulging in food and wine, or seeking adrenaline thrills – there are adventures to be found here of all tastes and tempos.

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.

Or choose from any adventure activity on offer in Queenstown; bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, quad biking, zip lining and more. If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace there’s plenty of recreational activities like the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or spa and wellness options to help you truly feel worlds away.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 6 Queenstown, New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour

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Lord of the Rings Tour

Explore the Lord of the Rings filming locations around Queenstown today on a Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour.

The Queenstown tour takes you to see The Remarkables, which were used as the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up Queenstown hill you get a birds-eye view onto Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Travelling from The Queenstown hill viewpoint head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings.

Leaving the Kawarau Gorge the trip heads to Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was shot. Near Arrowtown, you will experience a true off-road adventure. Follow a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River, you will cross the river many times to get to the Ford of Bruinen. Indulge in morning tea and try gold panning. From Arrowtown, you will travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon where you will be offered spectacular panoramic views of Queenstown and into Skippers Canyon.

In the afternoon, you have the option to add on a helicopter flight to see 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 Jet Boat Queenstown + Isengard

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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.

Relax and explore Glenorchy with your guide. Enjoy a forest walk, visit more filming locations (including the Ithilien Camp, the location of the Battle of Amon Hen, and the setting for Beorn’s house from The Hobbit).

Day 8 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 custom quote
10 Travellers: NZD$5,099 per adult | NZD$4,599 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$5,499 per adult | NZD$4,999 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$5,599 per adult | NZD$5,099 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$5,799 per adult | NZD$5,299 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$5,999 per adult | NZD$5,499 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$6,899 per adult | NZD$6,399 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$7,299 per adult | NZD$6,799 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$9,199 per adult | NZD$8,699 per child
2 Travellers: NZD$11,199 per adult | NZD$10,699 per child
1 Traveller: NZD$20,699

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$3,149 per adult | USD$2,849 per child
9 Travellers: USD$3,399 per adult | USD$3,099 per child
8 Travellers: USD$3,449 per adult | USD$3,149 per child
7 Travellers: USD$3,599 per adult | USD$3,299 per child
6 Travellers: USD$3,699 per adult | USD$3,399 per child
5 Travellers: USD$4,299 per adult | USD$3,949 per child
4 Travellers: USD$4,499 per adult | USD$4,199 per child
3 Travellers: USD$5,699 per adult | USD$5,399 per child
2 Travellers: USD$6,949 per adult | USD$6,649 per child
1 Traveller: USD$12,899

Enquire now for a personalised quote. You may choose a different room configuration to reduce the overall price.

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