12 Day September International Hobbit Tour

This particular tour includes the special International Hobbit's Day celebration in Hobbiton that only happens once a year!

Overview & highlights

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 country 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 starts in Queenstown, finishes in Auckland and includes special Hobbit Celebrations. 

 

Highlights
  • Mavora Lakes, Fangorn Forest and 6 other Lord of the Rings movie locations in Queenstown
  • Explore the stunning Pelennor Fields and Laketown locations
  • Climb to the top of the magnificent Edoras & fly the Rohan Flag
  • ​Flight from Christchurch to Wellington
  • ​Weta Workshop extended behind the scenes Tour and and visit with Weta artists
  • Exclusive Red Carpet Tours discount at Weta Cave!
  • Roxy Theater costume themed lunch
  • Daniel Reeve calligrapher and map maker for both the LOTR & Hobbit trilogies
  • Iconic "Get Off the Road" movie location from Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gollums Fishing Pool
  • Explore Bilbo's Shire and the Green Dragon
  • ​Trollshaw Forest experience
  • 'International Hobbits Day Celebration' with costume competition and banquet dinner at Hobbiton
  • Auckland farewell dinner and special Hobbit guest presentation

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

September 2024 Tour rates

Single NZ$8,100 (approx US$5,000)
Double: NZ$ 7,000 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)
Triple: NZ$ 7,000 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)

 

2025 Tour prices

Single NZ$8,450 (approx US$5,185) - Book here
Double: NZ$ 7,350 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here
Triple: NZ$ 7,350 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here

You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.

 

Please book direct through our website for this special tour - agent bookings will be waitlisted.

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Itinerary

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red carpet tours welcome day

Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner in Queenstown. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy a buffet dinner. Accommodation:Queenstown.

mavora lakes lord of the rings location

(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: Queenstown.

Queenstown activities

Devote today to optional activities! A guided walk on the Routeburn Track? -A Nomad Safari 4 Wheel drive half day tour ! - A relaxing Wine and Food Tour. Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. -A parasail over the lake. -A coach & cruise trip to Milford Sound. --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.

lord of the rings pellenor fields

Queenstown - Laketown - Pelennor - Twizel. 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).

Edoras lord of the rings

Twizel - Edoras - Christchurch This morning we drive north 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! You'll be reluctant to leave. Overnight: Christchurch, The Sudima Hotel.

fellowship of the ring get off the road

Christchurch - Wellington. Domestic flight from Christchurch to Wellington (included) . In Wellington we visit the FOTR "Get off the road" location. Afternoon free time, we suggest you visit the amazing Te Papa Museum and or Zealandia wildlife park.

Weta Workshop New Zealand

Weta Workshop extended Tour and costume competition with great prizes. Lunch at the beautiful Roxy Theatre's CoCo restaurant , feast like Hobbits!

lord of the rings calligraphy

Presentation by the very talented Callighrapher and Cartographer for all six films, Daniel Reeve. Opportunity to purchase some of his work, amazing custom souvenirs!

Gollum's fishing pool

Wellington - Mt Ruapehu - Taupo. Travel day, RCT coach quiz, Gollums Fishing Pool and Secret Entrance to Erebor movie locations, staying in the geothermal capital of New Zealand; Taupo.

Trollshaw location The Hobbit

Taupo - Trollshaws - Rotorua. We travel to the stunning Trollshaws film location from the Hobbit. Guided Tour in Trollshaws by the enthusiastic land owners. This afternoon making our way to Rotorua. Fancy a soak in the hot mineral pools tonight? Opportunity this evening to experience our Maori Culture with a dinner and show (additional). Overnight in Rotorua.

Hobbiton

Rotorua - Matamata - Rotorua. Optional Activities available or relaxing 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 !

Auckland New Zealand

Rotorua - Auckland. Half day optional activities in Rotorua this morning, leaving early afternoon for Auckland. Farewell Dinner and special movie guest at our hotel. Overnight in Auckland.

red carpet tours

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.

Inclusions & Add ons
  • Private bus  transportation with unlimited free Wifi onboard
  • Welcome pack  for direct bookings
  • All guiding services
  • Special Movie Guest
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 4 buffet Dinners
  • Entry Fees to private Lord Of The Rings New Zealand sites
  • Department of Conservation fees
  • Entry fees for Hobbiton International Hobbits day celebrations event and food
  • Weta Workshop extended Tour, workshop and Costume Competition
  • Domestic flight Christchurch -   Wellington
  • Special presentation guest from the films

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

September 2024 Tour rates

Single NZ$8,100 (approx US$5,000)
Double: NZ$ 7,000 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)
Triple: NZ$ 7,000 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)

 

2025 Tour prices

Single NZ$8,450 (approx US$5,185) - Book here
Double: NZ$ 7,350 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here
Triple: NZ$ 7,350 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here

You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.

 

Please book direct through our website for this special tour - agent bookings will be waitlisted.

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Dates

September 2023 (NZ Spring)

September 12th - 24th
Fully Booked - Join waitlist

September 2024 (NZ Spring)

September 12th - 24th
Fully Booked - Join waitlist

September 2025 (NZ Spring)

September 12th - 24th
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Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth!

September 2024 Tour rates

Single NZ$8,100 (approx US$5,000)
Double: NZ$ 7,000 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)
Triple: NZ$ 7,000 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)

 

2025 Tour prices

Single NZ$8,450 (approx US$5,185) - Book here
Double: NZ$ 7,350 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here
Triple: NZ$ 7,350 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here

You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.

 

Please book direct through our website for this special tour - agent bookings will be waitlisted.

Book Now

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

September 2024 Tour rates

Single NZ$8,100 (approx US$5,000)
Double: NZ$ 7,000 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)
Triple: NZ$ 7,000 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,300)

 

2025 Tour prices

Single NZ$8,450 (approx US$5,185) - Book here
Double: NZ$ 7,350 per person (2 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here
Triple: NZ$ 7,350 per person (3 people sharing a room) (approx US$4,515) - Book here

You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.

 

Please book direct through our website for this special tour - agent bookings will be waitlisted.

Book Now

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