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.

lord of the rings 12 day tour
Overview & highlights

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.

 

Highlights

  • Explore Bilbo's Shire and enjoy food fit for any Hobbit!
  • Meet people involved with both the Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit Trilogies!
  • Auckland Weta Workshop Unleashed experience
  • Have a drink in The Green Dragon Pub
  • Wellington Behind the scenes Weta Workshop tour and exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers!
  • Movie guest presentations
  • Domestic flight between the North and South Islands
  • Explore Trollshaw Forest and native glow worm caves
  • Meet artists of film
  • Experience the beautiful Queenstown - the fun and adventure capital of New Zealand
  • Queenstown Big locations day!

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

2022 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)

Triple: Upon asking.

2023 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.


(September Tour can be booked through our Hobbits Celebration Tour page).

Includes the Hobbiton Day Tour and Festive Feast Lunch in the Green Dragon Marquee.

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Itinerary

Red Carpet Tours - 2022 Winter Itinerary

 

Arrival Day: Auckland

We meet as a group at 5pm at the Tour hotel for a welcome dinner and special movie guest presentation this evening. Ready for new adventures to begin tomorrow

 

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

Guided Tour of the new Auckland Weta Workshop ‘Unleashed’ experience, plus opportunities to explore the All Blacks experience and our Sky Tower. This afternoon we travel to Rotorua to our overnight accommodation, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic evening of Maori culture. This can be booked through your guide and is highly recommended

 

Day 3: Rotorua to Matamata

This morning we will travel to the rolling green hills of the shire! Enjoy a fully guided Tour of the Hobbiton movie set and a large festive feast in the Green Dragon marquee for lunch. You will also receive a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon pub! Later this afternoon there will be optional activities in Rotorua such as Luge riding, a treetop canopy tour or just simply relax in the hot Polynesian Spa Pools.

 

Day 4: Rotorua, Waitomo, PioPio and New Plymouth

From the region of Maori culture and geysers to the forests and limestone cliffs of Trollshaw Forest film location from The Hobbit. Today we enjoy a scenic country drive as we head for Trollshaw Forest, stopping on the way to explore the world famous Glow Worm caves in Waitomo! You will then be guided through the breath-taking Trollshaw Forest location and have a picnic lunch included on our journey. Later this afternoon we will head South via farmland and coast to our overnight accommodation in New Plymouth.

 

Day 5: New Plymouth to Wellington

Today we travel South to the movie making city of Wellington (a.k.a Wellywood ) the capital of New Zealand. Test your knowledge and compete in our fun LOTR/Hobbit movie Quiz! This afternoon as we make our way into Wellington we will explore the famous ‘Get off the road’ location from The Fellowship of the Ring. Our next 4 nights are spent in Wellington.

 

Day 6: Weta Workshop Day!

This morning we will head to Weta Workshop and spend time with the incredibly talented team here. We will enjoy a fantastic behind the scenes Tour of Weta Workshop, followed by a fun activity led by the Weta artists. Then it's time for some retail therapy at the world famous Weta Cave, with exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers. To finish off our incredible fan filled fun morning we will have lunch together at the beautiful Roxy Theatre, the home of many Middle-earth events

 

Day 7: Wellington Daniel Reeve Presentation Day

Today we will meet with the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Cartographer and Calligrapher, Daniel Reeve. His talents and volume of work for all the films will blow you away. You will also get the opportunity to purchase very exclusive and custom souvenirs
Lunch is included during the presentation.

 

Day 8: Wellington Movie Guest Presentation Day

Today we will have a special movie guest presentation day with autographs and photographs allowed. Get to meet one of our beloved film stars and enjoy their behind the scenes stories and adventures. The afternoon is free for you to explore Wellington.

 

Day 9: Wellington to Queenstown

This morning we fly from the North Island in Wellington to the far South Island and jewel in the crown, Queenstown
We will take an idyllic drive to the beautiful little gold mining village of Arrowtown. This is where we will collect any pre-ordered LOTR authorised jewellery you want. There are also some LOTR locations here you can self guide to. On our way back to Queenstown we will visit the famous A J Hackett Bungy Bridge where anyone brave enough can take the dive over the River Anduin! Your evening is free to explore beautiful Queenstown.

 

Day 10: Queenstown and Mavora Lakes

Today we will explore 7 big LOTR locations including:
The breaking of the Fellowship Fangorn Forest, the Orc Funeral Pyre, Calling up of Shadowfax, the Silverlode river, Nen Hithoel: Frodo and Sam head to the eastern shore alone, the tree Frodo hides as the Uruk-hai storm down the hill in chase of the halflings and finally the Log where Merry and Pippin hid, before they bravely distract the Uruk-hai so Frodo can escape. Once we are back into Queenstown late this afternoon we will gather together for a delicious farewell dinner, befitting of any Hobbit.

 

Day 11: Queenstown Optional Activity Day

This day has been designed to complete your Middle-earth experience. Activities and providers have been carefully chosen by us to make the most of your last day in New Zealand. Your Tour Guide will have shown you a book of activities to choose from and booked this for you during our journey. Tonight feel free to try some of the fabulous eating places recommended to you or join your group for a fun night out.

 

Day 12: Departure Day From Queenstown

Thank you for journeying ‘there and back again’ with Red Carpet Tours. We wish you safe travels home and hope you have enjoyed your time in Middle-earth

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red carpet tours welcome day

We gather this evening for our Welcome Dinner, to meet each other, prepare for our early start tomorrow and special movie guest presentation. Accommodation: Auckland hotel.

lord of the rings 12 day tour
Inclusions & Add ons
  • Private bus  transportation with unlimited free Wifi onboard
  • Welcome pack  for direct bookings
  • All guiding services
  • Special Movie Guests presentations in Auckland and Wellington
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 9 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

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

2022 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)

Triple: Upon asking.

2023 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.


(September Tour can be booked through our Hobbits Celebration Tour page).

Includes the Hobbiton Day Tour and Festive Feast Lunch in the Green Dragon Marquee.

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Dates

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. 

2022 Winter Tour months

June 6th - 17th
Monday - Friday
July 4th - 15th
Monday - Friday
August 1st - 12th
Monday - Friday

2023 Winter Tour months

June 5th - 16th
Monday - Friday
July 3rd - 14th
Monday - Friday
August 7th - 18th
Monday - Friday

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

2022 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)

Triple: Upon asking.

2023 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.


(September Tour can be booked through our Hobbits Celebration Tour page).

Includes the Hobbiton Day Tour and Festive Feast Lunch in the Green Dragon Marquee.

Book Now

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

2022 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)

Triple: Upon asking.

2023 Tour Prices  

Single: NZ$ 6,250  (USD approx $4,454) 

Double: NZ$ 4,750 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,385)You can use a currency exchange website to check the cost in your currency.


(September Tour can be booked through our Hobbits Celebration Tour page).

Includes the Hobbiton Day Tour and Festive Feast Lunch in the Green Dragon Marquee.

Book Now

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