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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
April - July 2021 (NZ Autumn Tour)
August 2021 (NZ Winter Tour)
October - November 2021 (NZ Spring Tour)
December 2021 (14 Day Tour only)
January - March 2022 (NZ Summer Tour)
April - June 2022 (NZ Autumn Tour)
July - September 2022 (NZ Winter Tour)
October - December 2022 (NZ Spring Tour)
This was a trip of a lifetime. I honestly couldn’t imagine seeing Middle Earth any other way. Julie is amazing and truly cultivated an experience that I will treasure forever. If you’re thinking about booking this trip—just do it. I promise that you will have the time of your life.
Red Carpet Tours is a fabulous company - been with them 3 times. I agree with others posted here that it is the BEST way to see New Zealand, especially if you are a "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" fan - and even if you're not! From all the Magnificent New Zealand...
With Julie James as our guide (Feb. 2018) on the 14 day tour... it was excellent! She always took every effort and opportunity to see to everyone's requests. The hotels we stayed in were wonderful. The meals were delicious. But the tour itself??? Awesome!!! We had big LOTR and the Hobbit...
Everything about this tour was amazing! Our tour guide Julie is a true LOTR fan, and made sure everybody was looked after. The locations were well researched and meaningful. Even after the tour ended, Julie has kept in touch as we all went our separate ways and travelled home to various parts of...
My second tour through Middle Earth (New Zealand) was just as wonderful as the first, the locations you are taken to are just amazing. Best suited for people with interest in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, you make so many friends throughout your journey that you become your own...
This is the best and ONLY way for a LOtR/Hobbit fan to experience New Zealand. Julie and her team are fantastic, knowledgeable people who, you can tell, put so much time and effort into making sure your experience with them is an amazing one! You will not regret choosing them as your guides...
I don’t have enough good things to say about this incredible experience. Our guide Julie is so knowledgeable and fun about everything LOTR AND New Zealand in general! My husband and I went for our belated honeymoon and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. You’re fed like Hobbits...
Taylor & Nick L
I went solo and am a bit of an introvert, but Julie and the rest of the tour members made this an unforgettable experience and made me feel right at home. This was number one on my bucket list and it exceeded my expectations across the board. If you're contemplating booking this tour, just...
From first contact with the James family, and the Lord of the Rings-Red Carpet Tours, you are in the best of hands. You expect so much on the tour but you receive so much more. I came back from my first tour believing I'd never have a better, truly satisfying experience, and they could...
Traveling New Zealand with RCT and Julie was amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime (but I hope to do it again!). It was very well put together and we got to see such amazing sites and do so many awesome things. I can't even name what my favorite part of the whole tour was because it was...