- Day One
Arrival Day. You are met at Auckland Airport and transferred to the Spencer on Byron Hotel. Tonight we have a “Welcome” Dinner ~ a chance to meet Daniel Reeve and your fellow artists!
- Day Two
Today we travel to Rotorua where we visit ‘Te Puia’ to see bubbling mud, active geysers, Maori wood carving and also kiwi birds.
After checking in to our hotel we double check our cameras and batteries and head for an Evening Tour of the Hobbiton movie set, including a Banquet Feast on site. Capture photos for later sketches you may choose to work on.
Accommodation: The Millennium Hotel, Rotorua.
- Day Three
From Rotorua to the forest of Trollshaw this morning. Your artist’s eye will be drawn to the spectacular rock formations and beautiful native trees. A stunning site to visit with stories to capture your imagination and inspire your natural talents.
This afternoon we travel we travel to the Mountains of Mordor and Mt Doom. Accommodation: The Chateau where the stars stayed.
- Day Four
This morning the secret entrance to Erebor and Gollums fishing pool. Then we drive south to the home of Middle earth, Wellington ~ New Zealand’s Capital City.
Accommodation: The Amora Hotel, Wellington. Dinner at the ‘Green Parrot’ anyone?
- Day Five
We visit Weta Workshop & Weta Cave this morning and the Roxy Theatre in Miramar ~ plenty of things to catch your eye for sketching! This afternoon we return to the hotel for a tuition session with Daniel.
Accommodation: Amora Hotel, Wellington. Dinner ~ Strawberry Fare? Or ‘free range’?
- Day Six
This morning a presentation from Daniel Reeve, Calligrapher, Cartographer and Artist. The range of his work will surprize and amaze you. Have your camera batteries charged and also have cash with you today to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase very special souvenirs - and easy to pack. Lunch break follows.
This afternoon we meet back at the coach and take you to the Hobbits' "I think we should get off the road!" movie site on Mt Victoria. The remainder of the day and evening is yours at leisure in Wellington.
- Day Seven
We sail away to the South Island this morning. Breakfast on board and afterwards relax, take photos and look for dolphins. This afternoon we make a detour to where Dwarves escaped in barrels from pursuing Wood Elves on the Pelorus River. Your choice ~ to paddle or sketch?!
Accommodation: The Scenic Hotel, Blenheim
- Day Eight
A scenic drive today. We travel the scenic coast road and stop along the way to photograph seal colonies basking on the rocky shores. Our lunch stop is Kaikoura - the home of whale and dolphin watching. Later, on our way to Christchurch, you may like to try 'wine tasting' or afternoon tea at a local Winery. An early night is recommended , for a big day tomorrow. (Dinner is included tonight)
Accommodation: The Sudima Hotel, Christchurch.
- Day Nine
Up early for a special day. EDORAS! Red Carpet good weather spells will be cast for today. You can buy your picnic lunch at ‘Salmon Tales’ in Rakaia as we make our way to this special location. Have a backpack for basic sketching equipment (and your food) for your pilgrimage to the top of Mt Sunday. A memorable experience.
Later we’ll check out Geraldine for a cup of tea or an ice-cream and make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo
- Day Ten
Today starts with a visit to the Pelennor Fields where once King Theoden’s Battle Speech echoed as men on horses charged into battle. From here we back-track briefly to the newly acquired site on the shores of Lake Pukaki ~ LAKETOWN! So scenic - and with Mt Cook in the picture, this visit demands every artists attention!
Off through Omarama and through the Lindis Pass to Cromwell. A stop at Mrs Jones’ Orchard is a must to conclude today’s travels.
Tutorial with Daniel later today.
Accommodation: The Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell.
- Day Eleven
Remote Poolburn Dam attracts our attention today with stark landscape, harsh yet beautiful. The LOTR sites in this area lend themselves to our purpose. The Poolburn Pub may also see you reaching for your sketch pad.
Wear comfortable footwear - this is not a place for sandals!
A late lunch in Alexandra follows and we head to Arrowtown ~ a charming and picturesque old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. followed by a scenic drive through to Queenstown.
Accommodation: The Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown - for our last 3 nights.
- Day Twelve
Today we drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the Mavora Lakes and the breath-taking LOTR scenery of this magnificent National Park. Anticipate a water colour painting demonstration from Daniel in this location.
Accommodation: The Novotel Lakeside Hotel continues, Queenstown.
- Day Thirteen
In Queenstown this morning, sleep in or rise with the sun. Enjoy a Café breakfast in the township and photograph the morning lakefront. Mid-morning we drive out to 'Paradise' and walk a portion of the beautiful Routeburn Track. Later in the day we will meet together in the hotel lounge area for a 'wrapping up' session with Daniel.
Accommodation: The Novotel Lakeside Hotel.
- Day Fourteen
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.“ (quote from Gandalf ) ~ so today is yours to make local activity choices and enjoy what Queenstown has to offer.
Tonight we are having our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs).
Accommodation: The Novotel Lakeside Hotel - the final night in Queenstown.
Tomorrow is departure day.
We hope the portfolio you take home with you reflects a magical and memorable record of your time spent travelling with a master artist !