12 Day Winter Lord of the Rings Tour
This 12 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is designed for a Middle earth Winter. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via LOTR filming locations, movie studios, and movie guests.
This is our New Zealand Winter 12 day Lord of the Rings Tour. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Middle-earth, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via LOTR filming locations, movie studios, and special Movie Guest presentations. This Tour is the ultimate adventure for an avid Tolkien fan!
You will also meet those involved in the making of the movies, and travel off the beaten track into the breath-taking landscapes and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.
Along the way, there are opportunities for helicopter flights and landings on iconic mountains used in the films, extended Wellington (Wellywood) movie behind the scenes experiences with special film guests, Bungy jumping or 4 wheel drive tours to amazing and remote film locations. All within a small fellowship of like-minded travelers, led by our passionate Lord Of The Rings guides.
- Explore The Shire and enjoy a feast fit for any Hobbit!
- Have a pint in The Green Dragon Pub
- Meet artists involved with both the Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Trilogies!
- Auckland Weta Workshop Unleashed experience
- Wellington Behind the scenes Weta Workshop tour and exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers!
- Domestic flight between the North and South Islands
- Explore Trollshaw Forest
- Tour the famous Waitomo native Glow Worm Caves
- Experience the beautiful Queenstown - the fun and adventure capital of New Zealand
- Step inside Fangorn Forest
- Experience the 'Calling up of Shadowfax"
What people have said!
"Exceptional! Marvellous! Outstanding! Just a few of the words I could use to describe how fabulous the Red Carpet Tours winter Lord of the Rings tour was. The organisation from beginning to end couldn’t be faulted. Hotels were carefully selected for location and quality. The days were carefully balanced to ensure interesting content, no dull bits, but not over tiring. There were some silly times too which could be enjoyed as a participant or observer. We joined the tour purely to see the amazing New Zealand landscape but we were quickly drawn into the fascinating business of making the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. The locations were amazing including some that aren’t available on all tours. The tour guides had so much background knowledge about the filming and those involved it added a wonderful richness to the tour. This is a tour for any fan of the films, or anyone who wants a wonderful New Zealand holiday." - Judith, UK (June 2023 fellowship)
- Private bus transportation
- Welcome pack for direct bookings
- All guiding services
- Special Movie Guest presentations in Wellington
- Hotel Accommodation
- 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 2 buffet Dinners
- Entry Fees to private Lord Of The Rings New Zealand sites
- Department of Conservation fees
- Auckland Weta Workshop Unleashed experience
- Entry fees for Hobbiton and festive feast lunch
- Weta Workshop extended Tour and workshop
- Domestic Airfare Wellington - Queenstown
- Special presentation guest from the films
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.
2024 Winter Tour months
2025 Winter Tour months
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...
Amazing and so well worth it! Days in a row of just being excited for something alone was something special to me but also meeting like-minded people who were so accepting and fun was fantastic! Julie James is a treasure - handles everything with grace and was just everything you want in a tour...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This tour changed my life, Julie and Josh were amazing tour guides, everywhere we went was stunning. I could not have asked for anything more from them. Even where there were some hiccups outside of anyone’s control Julie and the team worked tirelessly to ensure we had the best experience...
Just returned as part of the February 2023 Fellowship with Red Carpet Tours and it was one of the best trips of my life. I've been wanting to do this for years and was worried my expectations might be too high, but it was amazing and I wish it didn't have to end! Love the family...
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...
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