14 Day Lord of the Rings Tour

This 14 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is our most popular tour. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via many exciting LOTR filming locations, movie studios, and adventures.

Overview & highlights

This 14 day Lord of the Rings New Zealand adventure is our most popular tour. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Middle-earth, traveling from Auckland to Queenstown via many exciting LOTR filming locations, movie studios, and adventures.

You will also meet those involved in the making of the movies, and get off the beaten track into the breath-taking landscapes and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer.

Along the way, there are opportunities to helicopter over and land on mountains used in the films , kayak in stunning film locations, visit wineries, tramp, skydive or 4 wheel drive into amazing locations. All within a small fellowship of like-minded travelers, led by our passionate  Lord Of The Rings guides.

 

Highlights

  • Climb the magnificent Edoras
  • Visit the makers of the 'One Ring'
  • Explore Bilbo's Shire!
  • Experience breathtaking Mordor
  • Behind the scenes Weta Workshop tour and exclusive discounts for Red Carpet Tours passengers!
  • Movie guest presentations
  • Highlands Motorsports park / Wine tasting options during Winter months

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

2020 Tour rates - all direct bookings receive a welcome package 

Single: NZ$ 7,500  (USD approx $4,585) 

Double: NZ$ 6,000 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,670)

Triple: As per Double

March, September and December 2021 includes the evening Hobbiton Tour and banquet dinner in the Green Dragon.
(September Tour can be booked through the 12 day tour page.) 

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

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Itinerary

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

Be ready to depart at 08.00 ~ Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton. (A full cooked Breakfast is included from Day 2 to 14.) Prepare to be enchanted by Hobbiton - a very special site to visit. Have your camera batteries charged for photos of the tranquil Shire, Bag End, Sam & Rosie’s cottage, the Party Tree. Enjoy a cool drink at The Green Dragon followed by lunch in a Marquee beside The Green Dragon (included in tour cost). In Rotorua later today you will have the option of the beautiful Polynesian Spa and / or a fantastic Maori Cultural evening, dinner and show ( cost additional). Overnight Rotorua.

Rotorua to Trollshaw Forest and a wonderful guided tour of this Hobbit location - stunning scenery. We will enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on our way to Mt. Ruapehu and the sites of Mordor, Emyn Muil and Mt Doom. Overnight - Where the Stars stayed!

This morning a Hobbit location of the Secret Entrance to Erebor and Lotr location of Gollum’s fishing pool, where Andy Serkis was careful not to plunge over the waterfall! Then, it's on to Wellywood ~ Wellington City. Tonight you may like to dine at “The Green Parrot Restaurant” (Optional) - said to be a favourite of Viggo’s. Accommodation: Wellington, for the next 3 nights.

Wellywood Day, Miramar - New Zealand's movie capital! Weta Workshop extended tour, Weta Cave, The beautiful Roxy Theatre for lunch ~ included in the tour. Later today we check out the 'Get off the road!' location from Fellowship Of The Ring, overlooking the city. Dinner tonight? So many choices, your Guide will help you. Visit the Embassy Theatre, where the ROTK and The Hobbit World Premiere were held.

Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher and Cartographer Daniel Reeve. This is your opportunity to purchase some very special souvenirs. In Winter months we add a special movie guest presentation. Later today is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins! We catch the Inter-Island ferry from Wellington, sail to Picton in the South Island (approx. 3.5 hrs). After lunch, on our way to Nelson, stopping along the way to view the famous river, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves, in barrels! How about a fantastic 1 hour easy kayak down this amazing river and movie location with experienced local guides!! (optional extra) Accommodation tonight: Nelson.

Nelson day: This morning we meet and chat with the makers of the "One Ring". There, we meet Jens Hansen's son, Halfdan Hansen and see the wonderful range Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit jewellery. From lunchtime, weather permitting, there is a two hour ‘optional extra’ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of 'South of Rivendell' and 'Dimrill Dale'. More than highly recommended! Accommodation tonight: Nelson

An early start south through the very scenic South Island, stopping along the way for second breakfast, viewing of the Fur Seal colony and lunch via the beautiful wild Kaikoura Coast. Time for our coach quiz! We then travel south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Accommodation: Christchurch.

It's time to head for the magnificence that is EDORAS - a very spiritual experience! It’s a 35-minute trek to reach the summit. 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 will be reluctant to leave. Refreshment awaits us in the township of Geraldine, before we drive south past the stunning Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Keep a lookout for our highest mountain; Aoraki, Mt Cook – the Cloud Piercer of 12,500 feet. Overnight; Twizel. (Buffet Dinner included tonight.) This is a great place to study the night sky - and see the Southern Cross. Special Guest a local Hobbit inspired seamstress - you may like to buy your own cloak.

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. Moving on, we visit the stunning location of Laketown and enjoy a guided tour there. Time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Bard or Tauriel amongst us? Then head to Omarama for lunch. This afternoon a special visit to Mrs Jones's orchard. Overnight - Cromwell. The Harvest Hotel.

Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. We visit our Jeweller to collect our pre ordered Lotr Jewellery. Enjoy second breakfast near the beautiful Arrow river. This afternoon there are opportunities to Bungy at the famous Kawarau AJ Hackett Bungy bridge. Keen to jump above the river Anduin? Back to Queenstown to enjoy this beautiful location. Our last 3 nights are in picturesque Queenstown, many great restaurants to explore.

The breaking of the Fellowship. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit several Lord of The Rings NZ sites - The calling up of Shadowfax - The Silverlode bridge - The Orc funeral pyre - Fangorn Forest - Nen Hithoel - 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! Tonight is our farewell dinner at our Hotel, feast like Hobbits ! Tomorrow is our Optional activity day in Queenstown.

Devote today to optional activities! -A Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari past LOTR & Hobbit sites. -Take a helicopter flight to the Ford of Bruinen. -Perhaps a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. -A parasail over the lake. -A coach & cruise trip to Milford Sound. -A guided walk on the Routeburn Track? -A Nomad Safari 4 Wheel drive half day tour -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.

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 ~ Good-bye from us all at Red Carpet Tours. "Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya: May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky." On departure day you will need a domestic airfare from Queenstown to Auckland and then your international flight home from Auckland. We can recommend Air New Zealand for this domestic flight: www.airnewzealand.co.nz

Inclusions & Add ons
  • Private bus  transportation with unlimited free Wifi onboard
  • Welcome pack  for direct bookings
  • All guiding services
  • Special Movie Guests in our NZ Winter months
  • 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 and festive feast lunch
  • Weta Workshop extended Tour and workshop
  • Inter-Island Ferry (3.5-hour cruise)  Wellington - Picton
  • Special presentation guest from the films

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

2020 Tour rates - all direct bookings receive a welcome package 

Single: NZ$ 7,500  (USD approx $4,585) 

Double: NZ$ 6,000 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,670)

Triple: As per Double

March, September and December 2021 includes the evening Hobbiton Tour and banquet dinner in the Green Dragon.
(September Tour can be booked through the 12 day tour page.) 

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

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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. 

August to September 2020 (NZ Winter Tour)

August 10th - 24th
Monday - Monday
September 12th - 24th
Saturday - Thursday

October - November 2020 (NZ Spring Tour)

October 12th - 26th
Monday - Monday
November 9th - 23rd
Monday - Monday

December - March 2021 (NZ Summer Tour)

December 7th - 21st
Monday - Monday
January 4th -18th
Monday - Monday
February 8th -22nd
Monday - Monday
March 8th - 22nd
Monday - Monday

April - July 2021 (NZ Autumn Tour)

April 12th - 26th
Monday - Monday
June 7th - 21st
Monday - Monday
July 12th - 26th
Monday - Monday

August to September 2021 (NZ Winter Tour)

August 9th - 23rd
Monday - Monday
September 12th - 24th
Sunday - Friday

October - November 2021 (NZ Spring Tour)

October 11th - 25th
Monday Monday
November 8th - 22nd
Monday - Monday

December 2021 (NZ Summer Tour)

December 6th - 20th
Monday - Monday

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

2020 Tour rates - all direct bookings receive a welcome package 

Single: NZ$ 7,500  (USD approx $4,585) 

Double: NZ$ 6,000 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,670)

Triple: As per Double

March, September and December 2021 includes the evening Hobbiton Tour and banquet dinner in the Green Dragon.
(September Tour can be booked through the 12 day tour page.) 

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

Book Now

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

2020 Tour rates - all direct bookings receive a welcome package 

Single: NZ$ 7,500  (USD approx $4,585) 

Double: NZ$ 6,000 per person (2 people sharing a room)  (USD approx $3,670)

Triple: As per Double

March, September and December 2021 includes the evening Hobbiton Tour and banquet dinner in the Green Dragon.
(September Tour can be booked through the 12 day tour page.) 

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars

Book Now

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