- Arrival Day
Check in at the Amora Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards and enjoy some free time in the city until the group meets together in the hotel lobby at 5.50 p.m. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and have a meal together at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s.
Accommodation: The Amora Hotel in Wellington for the next 3 nights.
- Day One
(A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 1 to 9.) Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital !
Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The Roxy and studio visit with artists who did freelance work for LOTR & Hobbit.
Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" from FOTR, overlooking the city.
Dinner tonight? So many options, your Guide will help you. Check out the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premieres were held.
- Day Two
Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve.
This afternoon a special guest presentation.
Later today is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.
- Day Three
Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins!
We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail to Picton in the South Island (approx. 3.5 hrs). After lunch , we drive to Nelson City, stopping along the way to view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves, in barrels! How about a fantastic 1 hour easy kayak down this amazing river and movie location!! (optional extra)
Accommodation tonight: Nelson.
- Day Four
Nelson day : This morning, weather permitting, there is a two and a half hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", at the top of Mt Olympus and Dimrill Dale, Mt Owen. More than highly recommended!
We head back into Nelson city to meet to chat with the makers of the "One Ring". There, we meet Jens Hansen's son, Halfdan Hansen and see his wonderful LOTR and Hobbit jewelry.
Accommodation tonight: Nelson
- Day Five
An early start via the scenic central South Island. We stop for 2nd breakfast and lunch. An opportunity this afternoon for wine tasting at the award winning Waipara Hills Winery, before we travel south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Buffet dinner included. Accommodation: Christchurch.
- Day Six
It's time to head for the site (remote magnificence) that is EDORAS!
We trek to the top and fly our Rohan Banner on the site of the Golden Hall!
Later we’ll view beautiful, mountain fed lakes - Tekapo and Pukaki and see N.Z’s highest Mountain - Mt. Cook, over 12,000 ft high.
Accommodation: Twizel (Buffet Dinner included tonight.) This is a great place to study the night sky - and see the Southern Cross.
Special guest tonight is a local Hobbit inspired seamstress, you may like to buy your own cloak.
- Day Seven
We depart for the Pelennor Fields ~ an area that once rang to the thunderous sound of 250 horses on the charge, as King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle.
Moving on, we have a guided tour of the stunning Laketown film location and then Omarama for lunch. After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us?
Overnight - Cromwell.
- Day Eight
We head out through Alexandra this morning to amazing Rohan country, where the Rohan village was burned and we walk through the canyon where the leaf brooch was dropped and 2 other sites.
(Dwarves are "dangerous over short distances" here, or so Gimli tells us!)
Lunch in Alexandra, then onto Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. Finally Queenstown , where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful town.
Accommodation: Queenstown for our final 3 nights.
- Day Nine
The breaking of the Fellowship.
Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several LOTR sites
- The calling up of Shadowfax
-The Silverlode bridge
-The Orc funeral pyre
- Nen Hithoel
-The log which concealed Merry & Pippin before Frodo left the fellowship,
-And where Sam and Frodo paddled away on the next stage of their journey. Stunning scenery!
We arrive back in Queenstown by late-afternoon. Enjoy more free time in this picturesque paradise!
- Day Ten
Devote today to optional activities and / or last minute shopping.
-A Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari past LOTR & Hobbit sites.
-Take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen.
-Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.
-A parasail over the lake.
-A coach & cruise trip to Milford Sound.
-A guided walk on the Routeburn Track?
-A Nomad Safari LOTR 4 Wheel drive half day tour.
-An adrenalin Jet Boat ride or a Bungy jump?
-Para-sailing? Para-gliding? White water rafting? A hot air balloon ride? Trout fishing? Relaxation at Onsen Hot Pools?
-Or retail therapy ~ shopping in Queenstown.
The list "goes ever on" and your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings.
Tonight we are having our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs).
- Day Eleven
Alas ~ your journey through Middle-earth with Red Carpet Tours, is at an end.
Thank you for travelling with us ..... there and back again.....
Haere ra ~ Good-bye from us all at Red Carpet Tours.
"Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya:
May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky.’"
- Additional Day
For those with an additional day in Auckland we do have a Day Tour to Hobbiton and a Winery Tour in the beautiful countryside of Matakana, please see your Guide for details.
With our 10 Day Itinerary, you join the group in Wellington at the Amora Hotel on the evening of Day 4 of the full tour.
When arranging your departure home from Queenstown at the conclusion of the tour, you may like to consider an overnight stay in Auckland instead of catching an international flight home that night. Next morning we can pick you up from your Auckland accommodation and take you on a Day Tour to Hobbiton, dropping you at Auckland Airport at around 4 p.m. that same afternoon, in time to check in for your international flight.