10 Day Lord of the Rings Tour

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

Overview & highlights

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.

Along the way, there are opportunities for helicopter flights and landings on iconic mountains used in the films, blacksmithing workshops, kayaking down rivers in stunning lord-of-the-rings movie locations, bungee jumping, skydiving or 4 wheel drive tours to amazing and romote film locations. All within a small fellowship of like-minded travelers, led by our passionate Lord Of The Rings guides.

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 Tour and 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'
  • Experience the magnificent Laketown
  • Charge across the Pelennor Fields
  • Experience the beautiful Queenstown - the fun and adventure capital of New Zealand
  • Visit beautiful Rohan country
  • Kayak down the same river from the Dwarves in Barrels scene from The Hobbit
  • Meet people involved with both the Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Trilogies!

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth.

2021 Tour Prices

Single NZ$ 6,150. (USD approx $4,100) 

Double: NZ$5,150 per person (2 people sharing a room) (USD approx $3,440)

Triple: As per Double

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Itinerary

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Wellington New Zealand

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.

Weta Workshop

Wellywood Day in New Zealand's movie capital! Extended Weta Workshop Tour, Weta Cave shopping and Weta Workshop hands on activities, 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. A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 1 to 9.

lord of the rings maps

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve, purchase custom souvenirs . 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.

the hobbit dwarves in barrels location

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, on our way to Nelson, 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 with experienced local guides!! (optional extra) Accommodation tonight: Nelson.

helicopter lord of the rings sites

Nelson day: This morning we meet and chat with the makers of the "One Ring". There, we meet Jens Hansen's son, Halfdan Hansen and see the wonderful range Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit jewellery. From lunchtime, weather permitting, there is a two hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of 'South of Rivendell' and 'Dimrill Dale'. More than highly recommended! Accommodation tonight: Nelson

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

edoras lord of the rings location

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 - Aoraki / Mt. Cook, over 12,500 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.

pellenor fields lord of the rings tours

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? Afternoon tea at Mrs Jones's orchard, with amazing ice creams. Overnight - Cromwell.

bungy jumping New Zealand

Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. We visit our Jeweller to collect our pre ordered Lotr Jewellery. Enjoy second breakfast near the beautiful Arrow river. This afternoon there are opportunities to Bungy at the famous Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy bridge. Keen to jump above the river Anduin? Back to Queenstown to enjoy this beautiful location. Our last 3 nights are in beautiful Queenstown, many great restaurants to explore.

fellowship of the ring filming locations

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several Lord of The Rings NZ 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! Tonight is our farewell dinner at our Hotel, feast like Hobbits ! Tomorrow is our Optional activity day in Queenstown.

Queenstown activities

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.

Inclusions & Add ons
  • Private Bus  transportation with 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 locations
  • Inter-Island Ferry ( 3.5 hour scenic cruise ) Wellington - Picton
  • Special movie guests and artists.

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth.

2021 Tour Prices

Single NZ$ 6,150. (USD approx $4,100) 

Double: NZ$5,150 per person (2 people sharing a room) (USD approx $3,440)

Triple: As per Double

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Dates

Being in the Southern Hemisphere, our seasons here in New Zealand may be at different times of the year to yours (depending on where you live). Therefore, 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 itinerary. 

December - March 2021 (NZ Summer Tour)

December 10th - 21st
Starts Thursday
January 7th - 18th
Starts Thursday
March 11th - 22nd
Starts Thursday

April - July 2021 (NZ Autumn Tour)

April 15th - 26th
Starts Thursday
June 10th - 21st
Starts Thursday
July 15th - 26th
Starts Thursday

August 2021 (NZ Winter Tour)

August 12th - 23rd
Starts Thursday

October - November 2021 (NZ Spring Tour)

October 14th - 25th
Starts Thursday
November 11th - 22nd
Starts Thursday

December 2021 (NZ Summer Tour)

December 9th - 20th
Starts Thursday

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth.

2021 Tour Prices

Single NZ$ 6,150. (USD approx $4,100) 

Double: NZ$5,150 per person (2 people sharing a room) (USD approx $3,440)

Triple: As per Double

Book Now

Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth.

2021 Tour Prices

Single NZ$ 6,150. (USD approx $4,100) 

Double: NZ$5,150 per person (2 people sharing a room) (USD approx $3,440)

Triple: As per Double

Book Now

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