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Lord of the Rings™ tour company

Ring10 Day Lord of the Rings Tour

Multi-Day TourWellington + South Island

Tour Overview

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

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

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-earthTM. These comprise of the following months, please email us for a copy of your chosen New Zealand season.

NZ Summer:  November through to and including March.   

NZ Autumn: April - May and Spring: October 

NZ Winter: June, July, August and September.                                                                                   

Itinerary - brief

  • Day One
    Check in at the Tour Hotel in Wellington & enjoy some free time before meeting your Tour Leader.
  • Day Two
    Meet LOTR/Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve. This afternoon a FOTR location.
  • Day Three
    Sail to Picton in the South Island, view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves!
  • Day Four
    Meet and chat with the makers of the "One Ring".
  • Day Five
    Scenic travel day via the central South Island. Opportunity for a swim in Hanmer Springs .
  • Day Six
    Head to the magnificent EDORAS! Survey the mountains and head to where the Golden Hall once stood.
  • Day Seven
    Visit Pelennor Fields where 250 horses charged as King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle.
  • Day Eight
    Gold panning in Arrowtown, with opportunities for wine tasting or Bungy jumping for the daring !
  • Day Nine
    This morning we visit our last 7 Lotr locations as a Fellowship.
  • Day Ten
    Devote today to optional activities and / or last minute shopping.
  • Day Eleven
    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. 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 ! Weta Workshop, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in 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. 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 south through the very scenic central South Island, stopping along the way for second breakfast and lunch. This afternoon we visit the beautiful Hanmer Springs for an optional swim in the hot pools. 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
    Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. We pan for Gold and enjoy second breakfast near the beautiful Arrow river. This afternoon there are opportunities for wine tasting or a visit to the Kawarau AJ Hacket Bungy bridge. Keen to jump above the river Anduin ? 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 -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 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.’"
  • 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:
  • 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 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. Must be pre booked, not always available.


10 Day LOTR Tour map

Tour Highlights

  • Direct bookings: Specially designed t-shirt 
  • Climb the magnificent Edoras.
  • Wellywood: Sir Peter Jackson’s Studio, Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop and Weta Cave.
  • 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
  • Laketown
  • Pelennor Fields
  • Beautiful Queenstown; Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand.
  • Visit beautiful Rohan country
  • Opportunity for Kayaking - Dwarves in Barrels
  • Meet people involved with the LOTR & Hobbit Trilogies!
  • Highlands Motor Park
  • Panning for Gold!


2017 Tour rates

Single NZ$5,645

Share Twin: NZ$4,570  per person (2 people sharing a room).

Share Triple: Price on asking.

2018 Tour dates are available for booking now.

2018 Tour rates

Single NZ$5,735

Share Twin: NZ$4,660 (2 people sharing a room).

Share Triple: Price on asking.


Included in the cost:
  • Coach transport
  • All guiding services
  • Weta Workshop activity day
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 9 full cooked Breakfasts, 1 lunch  , 2 Dinners, 1 morning tea
  • Entry Fees to private LOTR / Hobbit sites
  • Gold panning
  • Inter-Island Ferry ( 3.5 hour scenic cruise ) Wellington - Picton
  • Special movie guests and artists.

Booking Details

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