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 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
  • 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.

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

September 2021 Tour rates
Single: NZ$7,600 (USD $4,645  approximately)
Share Twin: NZ$6,100 per person (USD $3,730 approximately)

Deposit of NZ$500 per person required to reserve your place, balance due in full on or before 1st August 2021.

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

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Itinerary

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Arrival Day and Welcome Dinner in Queenstown. Meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a buffet dinner. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Queenstown.

(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: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queenstown.

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.

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 and maybe buy your very own cloak!

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! Weather permitting we will eat our lunch up here. You'll be reluctant to leave. Overnight: Christchurch, The Sudima Hotel.

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

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

Wellington - Mt Ruapehu - Tongariro Chateau. Travel day to Ohakune, RCT coach quiz and Gollums Fishing Pool movie location, staying in the Tongariro Chateau.

Ruapehu - Trollshaws - Rotorua. Weather dependent we may be able to visit Mordor and Emyn Muil, then travel to stunning Trollshaws 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? Overnight in Rotorua.

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 !

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.

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, 5 Lunches & 2 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 2021 Tour rates
Single: NZ$7,600 (USD $4,645  approximately)
Share Twin: NZ$6,100 per person (USD $3,730 approximately)

Deposit of NZ$500 per person required to reserve your place, balance due in full on or before 1st August 2021.

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

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Dates

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

September 2020 (NZ Spring)

September 12th - 24th
Saturday - Thursday

September 2021 (NZ Spring)

September 12th - 24th
Sunday - Friday

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

September 2021 Tour rates
Single: NZ$7,600 (USD $4,645  approximately)
Share Twin: NZ$6,100 per person (USD $3,730 approximately)

Deposit of NZ$500 per person required to reserve your place, balance due in full on or before 1st August 2021.

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

Book Now

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

September 2021 Tour rates
Single: NZ$7,600 (USD $4,645  approximately)
Share Twin: NZ$6,100 per person (USD $3,730 approximately)

Deposit of NZ$500 per person required to reserve your place, balance due in full on or before 1st August 2021.

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

Book Now

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