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Lord of the Rings tour company

Ring14 Day Lord of the Rings Tour

Multi-Day TourNorth + South Islands

Tour Overview

This 14 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is our most popular tour. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-Earth, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via many exciting filming locations and adventures.

You will also meet those involved in the making of the movies, and get off the beaten track into the breath-taking landscapes and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.

Along the way, there are opportunities to fly over the Southern Alps, visit wineries, tramp, skydive or raft down a white water river. All within a small fellowship of like-minded travelers, led by our passionate LOTR guides.

Itinerary - brief

  • Day One
    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the start of the tour.
  • Day Two
    Be ready to depart at 08.00 ~ Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton.
  • Day Three
    Rotorua to Trollshaw Forest and a wonderful guided tour of this Hobbit location - stunning scenery.
  • Day Four
    Ohakune to Wellington. via a "River Anduin" site.
  • Day Five
    Visit Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch. This afternoon FOTR location.
  • Day Six
    Meet LOTR/Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve and enjoy his very special presentation.
  • Day Seven
    Sail to Picton in the South Island, view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves!
  • Day Eight
    Meet and chat with the makers of the "One Ring".
  • Day Nine
    Stop for photographs of fur seals along the shoreline and arrive at Kaikoura for lunch and shopping.
  • Day Ten
    Head to the magnificent EDORAS! Survey the mountains and head to where the Golden Hall once stood.
  • Day Eleven
    Visit Pelennor Fields where King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle and then to Laketown
  • Day Twelve
    See Rohan village was burned and walk through the canyon where the leaf brooch was dropped
  • Day Thirteen
    The Breaking of the Fellowship, we visit 8 Lotr locations today.
  • Day Fourteen
    Devote today to optional activities and / or last minute shopping.
  • Day Fifteen
    Alas ~ your journey through Middle Earth with Red Carpet Tours is at an end.

Itinerary - detailed

  • Day One
    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the start of the tour. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and prepare for our early start tomorrow. Accommodation: Takapuna, Auckland.
  • Day Two
    Be ready to depart at 08.00 ~ Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton. (A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 2 to 13.) Prepare to be enchanted by Hobbiton - a very special site to visit. Have your camera batteries charged for photos of the tranquil Shire, Bag End, Sam & Rosie’s cottage, the Party Tree. Enjoy a cool drink at The Green Dragon followed by lunch in a Marquee beside The Green Dragon (included in tour cost). In Rotorua later today you will have the option of the beautiful Polynesian Spa and / or a fantastic Maori Cultural evening, dinner and show ( cost additional). Overnight Rotorua.
  • Day Three
    Rotorua to Trollshaw Forest and a wonderful guided tour of this Hobbit location - stunning scenery. We will enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on our way to Mt. Ruapehu and the sites of Mordor, Emyn Muil and Mt Doom. Overnight - Where the Stars stayed !
  • Day Four
    Ohakune to Wellington. This morning a Hobbit location of the Secret Entrance to Erebor and Lotr location of Gollum’s fishing pool, where Andy Serkis was careful not to plunge over the waterfall! Then, it's on to Wellywood ~ Wellington City. Tonight we dine at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” (Optional) - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s. Accommodation: Wellington, for the next 3 nights.
  • Day Five
    Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital ! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch. Dinner tonight? So many choices, your Guide will help you. Visit the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premiere were held.
  • Day Six
    Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher and Cartographer Daniel Reeve. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city. The afternoon is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.
  • Day Seven
    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. 4 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 Eight
    Nelson day : This morning, weather permitting, there is a two hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of "South of Rivendell", at the top of Mt Olympus . More than highly recommended! We head back into Nelson city to meet and 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: Blenheim
  • Day Nine
    An early start south along the East Coast this morning, stopping at a beautiful seaside cafe for 2nd breakfast. We'll make stops for photographs of Fur Seals basking and at play along the rocky shoreline, before arriving in picturesque Kaikoura for lunch and some souvenir shopping. We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Accommodation: Christchurch.
  • Day Ten
    It's time to head for the magnificence that is EDORAS - a very spiritual experience! It’s a 30 minute trek to reach the summit . The 360 degree views are breathtaking! You will stand where the Golden Hall once stood and survey the mountain panorama all around you as you fly the Rohan flag! You will be reluctant to leave. Refreshment awaits us at the Lodge, before we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Keep a lookout for our highest mountain; Aoraki, Mt Cook – the Cloud Piercer of 12,000 feet. Overnight; Twizel. (Buffet Dinner included tonight.) This is a great place to study the night sky - and see the Southern Cross. Special Guest a local Hobbit inspired seamstress - you may like to buy your own cloak.
  • Day Eleven
    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 visit the stunning location of Laketown and enjoy a guided tour there, then head to 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. The Golden Gate Lodge.
  • Day Twelve
    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 Thirteen
    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 -Fangorn Forest - 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 Fourteen
    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 Fifteen
    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 wonderful Winery Tour in the beautiful countryside of Matakana or additional Hobbiton Day Tour for those that chose the 10 Day Tour. Please see your Guide for details.

Map

14 Day LOTR Tour map

Tour Highlights

  • Climb the magnificent Edoras.
  • Explore Bilbo’s Shire!
  • Experience breathtaking Mordor.
  • Wellywood: Sir Peter Jackson’s Studios, Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop & meet freelance artists
  • Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise between the North and South islands.
  • Meet the makers of the ‘One Ring’.
  • Watch fur seals at play
  • Beautiful Queenstown; Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand.
  • Visit beautiful Trollshaw
  • View impressive Leaf Brooch Canyon.
  • Special LOTR/Hobbit guest presentations
  • Experience Pelennor Fields and Laketown !

Pricing

2016 Tour rates
Single: NZ$6,900
Share Twin: NZ$5,400 per person
Share Triple: NZ$5,400 per person

2017  Tour rates

Single: NZ$6,960

Share Twin: NZ$ 5,450 per person

Share Triple: NZ$5,450 per person

Tour dates are available on the Booking form.

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars.

Included in the cost:
  • Coach transport
  • All guiding services
  • Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners
  • Entry Fees to private LOTR sites
  • Inter-Island Ferry Wellington - Picton
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