Middle Earth Encounter
Duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights
From Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Code: TT073
Flaxy Date & departure
Immerse yourself in the world of Frodo and Gandalf. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings, whilst also visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.
Day1: Arrive Auckland
Welcome to Auckland, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today is yours for optional activities.
1 night in Auckland
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms enjoy lunch onboard and continue east to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert
2 nights in Rotorua
Day 3: Rotorua
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia thermal area, tame trout at Rainbow Springs and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. This afternoon you will be taken to visit the set of ‘Hobbiton’.
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington
Continue south to Wairakei - wreathed by steam, then to Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo, and cross the volcanic landscape of Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington.
2 nights in Wellington
Day 5: Wellington
A full day Lord of the Rings tour to Wellington’s film set locations including Rivendell, Minas Tirith, Helms Deep and much more. Visit the Weta Cave, find out about New Zealand’s five time Oscar winning digital production company.
Day 6: Wellington - Queenstown
Be transferred to Wellington Airport for your flight to Queenstown (flight not included). On arrival in Queenstown the rest of the day is at leisure.
3 nights in Queenstown
Day 7: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, then into Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls while enjoying lunch aboard a cruise on the Sound. Depart Milford Sound to return to Queenstown by evening.
Day 8: Queenstown
Today travel by 4WD to many of the sites used for the filming of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ including: Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains, Pillars of the Kings. Your afternoon is at leisure, or at an extra cost add an afternoon tour including: Lothlorien, Isengard, Ithilien Camp.
Day 9: Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch
Travel north through country used to portray the Pelennor Fields, Misty Mountains, and the foothills of the White Mountains. Continue north to Christchurch where your tour ends in the evening.
8 nights Accommodation
Airport transfer on arrival
Transfers within journey
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Maori Hangi & Concert
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park
Agrodome Sheep Show
Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour Wellington
Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
Safari of the Scenes Tour Queenstown