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14 Day Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Holiday Package

Tour Highlights

NZ$6599 per adult
• 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation, Option to Stay in a Hobbit Hole!
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla with Full Insurance
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
• Waitomo Caves Tour Combo
• Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner
• Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour Wellington
• Interislander Ferry Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
• Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
• Lord of the Rings Backcountry 4WD Safari Queenstown
• Wilderness Jet Boating LOTR Safari Queenstown
• Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
**Includes FREE Auckland Sky Tower Admission**

Explore the top filming locations on both islands with this unforgettable New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour. Highlights include:

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Weta Workshop
  • Wellington Lord of the Rings location tour
  • Rivendell
  • Queenstown Lord of the Rings location tour
  • Isengard

Plus, you have the opportunity to stay in a hobbit hole for an even more immersive New Zealand Lord of the Rings experience.

With New Zealand Lord of the Rings location tours and other top activities included, this self-drive tour packages offers a fantastic New Zealand experience.

Read on for more details on the 14 Day Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Holiday Package.

14 Day Lord of the Rings & Hobbit New Zealand Holiday Package

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

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Auckland Sky Tower

Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.

Relax in Auckland this afternoon and evening. Your options include visiting the Sky Tower, the Auckland Zoo, or Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World; venturing to one of Auckland’s stunning beaches or West Auckland wineries, or doing a spot of shopping.

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 2 Hobbiton > Hamilton

Driving time Auckland to Matamata 148 km / 91 miles, 2 hours

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and remains as it appeared in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.

Driving time Matamata to Hamilton 62 km / 38 miles, 1 hour

Being in the hub of the central North Island, visitors to Hamilton have easy access to iconic attractions such as Waitomo Caves, Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools. For fun – visit the chocolate and candy factory.

Stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand

Stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand. If staying in a Hobbit Hole, Hobbit Hole House or Hobbit Hotel is on your bucket list, we can arrange this for you. We often get asked whether you can rent a Hobbit Hole in New Zealand! There are two properties in New Zealand that offer this experience, Underhill offer hobbit-style accommodation hand crafted with rustic native timbers and ironwork and caters for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond. Woodlyn Park offers a Hobbit Motel offering two motels beamed beneath a hill where sheep and donkey wander for grazing. From the exterior, these units look like a perfect Hobbit Hotel. In total, each motel can sleep up to 6 people making it ideal for families. Ask us to include your very own stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand!

Stay 1 night in Hamilton or stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand.

Day 3 Waitomo Caves > Rotorua

Driving time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves 73 km / 45 miles, 1 hour

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Venture to the Waitomo Caves where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo! Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. Nearby, the Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations.

Driving time Waitomo Caves to Rotorua 148 km / 91 miles, 2 hours

Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 Rotorua

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Skyline Gondola Rotorua

Relax and explore Rotorua and its geothermal beauty. You might like to enjoy a wander around Hell’s Gate Geothermal

In the evening enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on mouth-watering fresh soups and salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. Add to that mouth-watering desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.

Day 5 Taupo

Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour

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Taupo Swing and Bungy

Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, relaxing boat cruises, and bungy jumping.

Just north of Lake Taupo you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Stay 1 night in Taupo.

Day 6 Wellington

Driving time Taupo to Wellington 375 km / 233 miles, 4.5 hours

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.

Stay 2 nights in Wellington.

Day 7 Wellington

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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.

You will be collected from your central city accommodation between 8.30 am and 8.45 am. 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’ and the Black Rider scenes and many more. Then it’s off to the Weta Studios 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 Studios.

After the morning’s excitement, it’s time for an Orc sized lunch. You will head out to Scorch-O-Rama Café for an LOTR themed menu designed especially for your tours. This is included in the cost of your tour. After that, spend the afternoon exploring Great River Anduin, Gardens of Isengard and Rivendell. Also, see the quarry used for filming Helms Deep and Minas Tirith.

Day 8 Kaikoura

Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2 hours

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Interislander Ferry

It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s east coast to Kaikoura.

Kaikoura is a coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway winds from the town centre to lookout points at Point Kean. Close by, the rock platforms are home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. The 1800s Fyffe House is a cottage built on a foundation of whalebones, with displays on the town’s whaling past.

Option to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.

Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.

Day 9 Christchurch

Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 180 km / 111 miles, 2 hours

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Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Enjoy the scenic drive along the South Islands East Coast to Christchurch.

In the evening, experience the luxury of a 36-seater colonial-style dining tram. Enjoy fabulous dining at your private table with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 10 Lake Tekapo

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours

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Mount John Observatory

Depart Christchurch and travel south to Lake Tekapo. This far-reaching road adventure takes you from sea level to the mountains. You will begin with the flat green tranquillity of the Canterbury Plains, but it won’t be long before you climb through the tussocky wilds towards the Southern Alps. An amazing smoky turquoise lake announces that you have arrived in Lake Tekapo.

Lake Tekapo presents many world class attractions such as the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, the luxurious spa complex Tekapo Springs and Spa and of course the world famous Mt John Observatory.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 11 Queenstown

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours

Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake. Continue your journey as you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Continue on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s stunning alpine resort and adventure capital.

Option to add on a famous Lord of the Rings – Helicopter Flight!

Relax and explore Queenstown in the evening. Options include going down town to explore this spectacular resort town, browsing through the boutique shops and going out for a lovely evening meal.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 12 Queenstown

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Lord of the Rings Tour

Today join Nomad Safaris for their Safari of The Scenes – Wakatipu Basin. Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. The Queenstown area featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu combines a true 4WD tour with film locations from the LOTR trilogy. The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a birds eye view onto the former Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Travelling from The Remarkables you then head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge, head to Arrowtown, filming location of the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields.

Near Arrowtown you will experience some true off road adventures. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can indulge in morning tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and over Skippers Canyon.

Day 13 Queenstown

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Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari

Today enjoy the Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari! Your Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of whats on offer means you experience a unique combination of breath taking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey’. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.

Day 14 Queenstown > Doubtful Sound

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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Doubtful Sound is the next step up from Milford Sound! Enjoy a scenic coach journey to reach Manapouri. In Manapouri board your luxury catamaran and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound, you will board another catamaran for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise your knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. After your cruise relax while your coach drives through stunning scenery delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

Plan a New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour

This New Zealand Lord of the Rings self-drive tour is a highly popular choice for fans of the films. No other tour includes such a fantastic array of filming destinations and top New Zealand experiences.

Travel from Auckland to Queenstown on this scenic road trip and experience countless highlights along the way, from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the majesty of Doubtful Sound.

This New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour package is fully customisable. You have the option to book the package as outlined or work with your personal travel consultant to modify the itinerary to suit your preferences.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your unforgettable New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour.

Tour Prices

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Twin/Double: NZ$6599 or USD$3999 PP
Single: NZ$11,099 or USD$6699
Child: NZ$3799 or USD$2299 PP

* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* USD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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