Ring10 Day The Lord of the Rings Tour


Multi-Day TourWellington + South Island

Tour Overview

Our 10 day The Lord of the Rings Tours will take you from the capital Wellington to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown.

On the way, you’ll discover captivating scenery, visit unique filming locations, meet characters involved in the making of the films, and experience a whirlwind adventure through Middle-earth.

With the increasing El Nino, Global warming and changing weather patterns we have found it necessary to have seasonal itineraries to enhance your experience of Middle Earth. These comprise of the following months, please email us for a copy of your chosen New Zealand season.

NZ Summer:  December through to and including March

NZ Autumn: April - May and Spring: October & November 

NZ Winter: June, July, August and September

Itinerary - brief

  • Arrival Day
    Check in at the Tour Hotel in Wellington & enjoy some free time before meeting your Tour Leader.
  • Day 1
    Special behind the scenes extended Weta Workshop Tour, Roxy lunch & Get off the Road location.
  • Day 2
    Meet LOTR/The Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. Winter months include a special movie guest.
  • Day 3
    Sail to Picton in the South Island, view the famous river, where the Dwarves escaped from the Elves
  • Day 4
    Meet & chat with the "One Ring" Makers. Plus opportunity for a Lotr Helicopter Tour.
  • Day 5
    Scenic travel day via the South Island Kaikoura Coast Opportunity to see fur seals at play.
  • Day 6
    Head to the magnificent EDORAS! Survey the mountains and head to where the Golden Hall once stood.
  • Day 7
    Visit the mighty Pelennor Fields and stunning Laketown.
  • Day 8
    This morning we visit our last 7 The Lord of the Rings locations as a Fellowship.
  • Day 9
    Visit idyllic Arrowtown, Bungy jumping for the daring! Our Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 10
    Devote today to optional Lotr activities !
  • Departure Day
    Alas ~ your journey through Middle-earth with Red Carpet Tours is at an end.

Itinerary - detailed

  • Arrival Day
    Check in at the Tour Hotel in Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards and enjoy some free time in the city until you meet with your Tour Leader at 5.30pm. This evening you may like to dine at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s. Accommodation: In Wellington city 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! Extended Weta Workshop Tour, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in the tour. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city.
  • Day Two
    Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. Winter months a special movie guest is included as well. 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 to 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 jewellery. Accommodation tonight: Nelson
  • Day Five
    An early start south via the very scenic Kaikoura Coast stopping along the way for second breakfast, lunch and to see the beautiful fur seals at play. A great photography day and our RCT coach quiz! We then travel on south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. 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
    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. Our last 3 nights are in beautiful Queenstown.
  • Day Nine
    Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. Opportunities for Gold panning, explore the Arrow River Lotr sites, visit to the Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy bridge and Bungy over the River Anduin. Tonight we are have our farewell dinner at the Elements Restaurant, at our hotel (included in tour costs). Optional activities day tomorrow! Accommodation: Queenstown.
  • Day Ten
    Devote today to optional Lotr activities ! - A Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari past LOTR & Hobbiton movie 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.
  • 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.’"
  • Departure day
    On departure day you will need a domestic airfare from Queenstown to Auckland and then your international flight home from Auckland. We can recommend Air New Zealand for this domestic flight: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz
  • Note
    With our 10 Day Itinerary, you join the group in Wellington at our tour 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 extra night or two in Queenstown. So much to do.


10 Day LOTR Tour map

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • June 2020 11th - 22nd Starts Thursday
  • July 2020 16th - 27th Starts Thursday
  • August 2020 13th - 24th Starts Thursday
  • October 2020 15th - 26th Starts Thursday
  • November 2020 12th - 23rd Starts Thursday

Tour Highlights


  • Direct Bookings: Receive a Red Carpet Tours welcome pack.
  • Climb the magnificent Edoras
  • Special presentation and custom souvenirs from the LOTR and The Hobbit Calligrapher and map maker, Daniel Reeve!
  • Behind the scenes Weta Workshop Visit and tour as well as exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers! 
  • Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise ( 3.5 hours ) between the North and South Islands
  • Meet the makers of the 'One Ring'
  • Opportunity for Wine tasting (Winter)
  • Experience the magnificent Laketown
  • Charge on the Pelennor Fields
  • Beautiful Queenstown; The Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand
  • Visit beautiful Rohan country
  • Opportunity for Kayaking - Dwarves in Barrels scene from The Hobbit
  • Meet people involved with the LOTR & The Hobbit Trilogies!
  • Highlands Motor Park/ Wine tasting options in Winter months 



2020 Tour rates 

Single NZ$ 6,000. (USD approx $3,775) 

Double: NZ$5,000 per person (2 people sharing a room) (USD approx $3,145)

Triple: As per Double

Tour includes:
  • Coach (Bus) land transport  and unlimited free Wifi onboard 
  • All Hotel accommodation during Tour
  • All guiding services
  • Extended Weta Workshop Special activity day!
  • 9 full cooked Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 Dinners,
  • Department of Conservation fees
  • Entry Fees to private LOTR / Hobbiton movie sets
  • Inter-Island Ferry ( 3.5 hour scenic cruise ) Wellington - Picton
  • Special movie guests and artists.

2020 Tour rates -  due to increase in hotel prices

Single NZ$ 6,000

Share Twin: NZ$ 4,900 (2 people sharing a room)

Share Triple: As per Share Twin



For further enquiries, you may e-mail us at [email protected].


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