Ring12 Day September International Hobbit Tour


Multi-Day TourNorth + South Islands

Tour Overview

Our special 12 day Lord Of The Rings tour will take you on a Middle-earth adventure from Queenstown through to Auckland. This particular tour includes the special International Hobbit's Day celebration in Hobbiton that only happens once a year!

This tour is unlike any of our other LOTR tours because it begins in the stunning adventure capital of Queenstown, and finishes in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

Along the way you will meet those involved in the making of the movies, such as artists from Weta Workshop on our special extended behind the scenes Weta Workshop tour! Enjoy an amazing half day presentation by Daniel Reeve who was the LOTR and The Hobbit Calligrapher and map maker. Travel off the beaten track into the breath-taking landscapes and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.

Along the way, there are also many opportunities to experience unique New Zealand activities such as: flying over The Remarkables and Skippers Canyon, experience our native Maori culture, pan for gold, visit wineries, adventure through Rohan and climb the magnificent Edoras, skydive or raft down a white water river. All within a fellowship of like-minded travellers, led by our passionate LOTR guide.

Costumes are encouraged and always lots of fun. We will be having special Weta Workshop prizes for the best costumes as well!

This  Lord of the Rings tour is perfect if you have traveled with us before – bringing you new and exciting LOTR experiences and other New Zealand activities. Newcomers are also completely welcome and we promise you will love this tour!

A hard copy of your itinerary will be given to you on arrival in Queenstown. Please note that itineraries can be subject to occasional late changes should new exciting opportunities arise or unexpected events occur. We strive to make each month’s itinerary as good as it can be. This Tour stats in Queenstown, finishes in Auckland and includes special Hobbit Celebrations. 

Itinerary - brief

  • Day 1
    Arrival day and welcome dinner in Queenstown.
  • Day 2
    Mavora Lakes and 7 big locations day !
  • Day 3
    Queenstown Optional activity day.
  • Day 4
    Historic Arrowtown, The Pelennor Fields charge (Lotr) and Laketown (Hobbit)! Full on action today.
  • Day 5
    Edoras day! We will climb to the top and fly the Rohan Flag. Earlier we visit 2 mountain fed lakes!
  • Day 6
    Fly from Christchurch to Wellington and the "Get off the Road" scene from FOTR.
  • Day 7
    This morning we drive past Stone Street studios and spend quality time with Weta Workshop !
  • Day 8
    Today we meet with the very talented Daniel Reeve, Calligrapher and Cartographer for LOTR & Hobbit!
  • Day 9
    Today we visit Gollum's fishing pool and the secret entrance to Erebor before heading to Mordor !
  • Day 10
    Climb Mordor & Eymn Muil, then onto beautiful Trollshaw Forest and finally Rotorua.
  • Day 11
    Rotorua to Hobbiton for a very special Hobbit Day Celebrations, costume competition and Dinner.
  • Day 12
    Rotorua to Auckland and our Farewell dinner with special Hobbit guest!
  • Departure Day
    Alas ~ your journey through Middle-earth with Red Carpet Tours, is at an end.

Itinerary - detailed

  • Day One
    Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner in Queenstown. Meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a buffet dinner. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown.
  • Day Two
    (Cooked / Buffet Breakfasts included.) Be ready to depart at 08.00 ~Queenstown - Mavora Lakes - Queenstown. Big Locations day! A picnic lunch is required today. We take a picnic lunch to the Mavora Lakes today and several LOTR sites *the Orc funeral pyre, *Silverlode Bridge, *Fangorn Forest, *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! This afternoon we travel back to beautiful Queenstown. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown.
  • Day Three
    Queenstown Optional Activity Day: Devote today to optional activities, the list ‘goes ever on ‘......... Your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings. • A helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen? • Horse trekking • Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu? • A parasail over the lake? • A guided walk on the Routeburn Track? • Zip Trek? Luge? • A Nomad Safari LOTR 4 Wheel drive half day tour? • Dart River Wilderness Jet Safari? • 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. Your Guide will have a full list of recommended Tours to maximise your time and enjoyment.
  • Day Four
    Queenstown - Arrowtown - Laketown - Pelennor - Twizel First up beautiful historic Arrowtown and a chance to purchase authorised quality Lotr and Hobbit Jewellery at a discounted price. (Pre orders available) This morning we head through the very scenic Lindis Pass to our morning activity, time to try your archery skills! Perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us! First stop is Laketown, a stunning location from the Hobbit set on the shores of Lake Pukaki. Breathtaking scenery and original props abound. Before you leave you and Alfrid will be checked to see if you have any stolen any gold (wink). Then follow on with 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. Overnight: Twizel, The Mackenzie Country Inn (Buffet Dinner included). Meet the cloak seamstress!
  • Day Five
    Twizel - Edoras - Christchurch This morning we drive south past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Look for our highest mountain ~ Aoraki, Mt Cook the Cloud Piercer. 12,300 feet. stop for second breakfast and to purchase a picnic lunch on our way out of Twizel this morning. It's time to head for the site and magnificence that is EDORAS - a very spiritual experience! It's a 30 minute trek to reach the summit of Mt Sunday. The 360 degree views are breathtaking ! You will stand where the Golden Hall once stood and survey the mountain panorama all around you as you fly the Rohan flag! Weather permitting we will eat our lunch up here. You'll be reluctant to leave. Overnight: Christchurch, The Sudima Hotel.
  • Day Six
    Christchurch - Wellington Domestic flight from Christchurch to Wellington (included) . FOTR "Get off the road" location. Afternoon free time, we suggest you visit the amazing Te Papa Museum and or Zealandia wildlife park.
  • Day Seven
    Weta Workshop extended Tour and costume competition. Lunch at the beautiful Roxy Theatre's CoCo restaurant , shared platters.
  • Day Eight
    Presentation by the very talented Callighrapher and Cartographer for all six films, Daniel Reeve. Opportunity to purchase some of his work, amazing souvenirs!
  • Day Nine
    Wellington - Mt Ruapehu - Tongariro Chateau Travel day to Ohakune and Gollums Fishing Pool, staying in the Tongariro Chateau.
  • Day Ten
    Ruapehu - Trollshaws - Rotorua. Weather dependent we may be able to visit Mordor and Emyn Muil, then travel to stunning Trollshaws from the Hobbit. This afternoon making our way to Rotorua. Fancy a soak in the hot mineral pools tonight? Overnight in Rotorua.
  • Day Eleven
    Rotorua - Matamata - Rotorua Optional Activities available in Rotorua this morning , leaving for Hobbiton in the early afternoon for International Hobbits Day Celebrations in Hobbiton; including entertainment, Costume Competition and dinner in the Green Dragon marketplace !
  • Day Twelve
    Rotorua - Auckland Half day optional activities in Rotorua this morning, leaving mid afternoon for Auckland. Farewell Dinner and special movie guest at our hotel. Overnight in Auckland.
  • Day Thirteen
    Departure Day Alas ~ your journey through Middle-earth with Red Carpet Tours, is at an end. Thank you for traveling with us... there and back again... Haere ra ~ Goodbye from us all at Red Carpet Tours.

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • September 2020 12th - 24th Saturday - Thursday

Tour Highlights

  • Welcome evening in Queenstown
  • Mavora Lakes and 7 Lotr locations
  • Queenstown Optional Activity Day
  • Explore the stunning Pelennor Fields and Laketown locations
  • Climb Edoras & fly the Rohan Flag
  • ​Flight from Christchurch to Wellington
  • ​Wellington: Sir Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop extended Tour and and visit with freelance artists.
  • Roxy Theater Themed lunch
  • Daniel Reeve calligrapher and map maker for LOTR & Hobbit trilogies
  • "Get Off the Road" from Fotr
  • Mordor & Emyn Muil
  • Gollums Fishing Pool
  • ​Trollshaw forest experience
  • 'International Hobbits Day Celebrations', costume competition and Dinner at Hobbiton
  • Auckland farewell dinner and special Hobbit guest presentation.


September 2020 Tour rates
Single: NZ$7,500 (USD $4,810  approximately)
Share Twin: NZ$6,000 per person (USD $3,850 approximately)

Deposit of NZ$500 per person required to reserve your place, balance due in full on or before 1st August 2020.

Please book direct through our website for this special tour- agent bookings will be wait-listed. All prices are in New Zealand Dollars.


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