5-star Exploration of Middle Earth

A 11 day trip to New Zealand
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Explore fascinating Middle Earth in 5-star luxury at a special-value package. 11 days - starting from $2,645. Journey beneath southern skies and discover a land reminiscent of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world of lush lowlands, barren wastelands, deep hidden valleys, and remote mystical mountains.

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch & Queenstown

Departure Dates 

This trip to available for departure every day. It is custom trip that can be amended or changed to meet your exact travel needs.

Detailed Itinerary 

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND 

Welcome to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Auckland offers all of the things associated with a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, from beautiful scenery to adrenaline pumping adventure - and first-class food and wine. You’ll stay 2 nights at the Sofitel Auckland Harbour Auckland. New Zealand’s newest five star waterfront hotel overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

DAY 2 – EXPLORE AUCKLAND

Explore Auckland at your own pace! Auckland’s blend of Harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked among the best in the world.

DAY 3 - HOBBITON MOVIE SET & FARM TOUR

Today your day begins with a drive through picturesque working sheep farm with views across the Kaimai Ranges towards the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site of the Lord of the Rings movie set. Your guide will explain all about what was needed to create the Hobbiton set and tell stories about what went on during filming. Check out the Hobbit holes from the film set. After viewing the Bag End, you can pet and feed the hand reared sheep and hand bottle feed lambs. Continue your journey to Rotorua. You’ll stay here 2 nights at the Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel - a beautifully appointed 5 star hotel.

DAY 4 – ROTORUA

Explore Rotorua at your leisure.

DAY 5 – FLY TO CHRISTCHURCH (own flight arrangements)

Welcome to Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. The Southern Alps provide a fantastic backdrop to this awesome city. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains which spread westwards towards the mountains. On arrival in Christchurch pick up your rental car. The George, Christchurch’s famous, luxury boutique hotel, is home for the next 2 nights. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon you will find a peaceful retreat just steps from Christchurch's cultural precinct and key attractions.

DAY 6 - LORD OF THE RINGS EDORAS TOUR

ourney to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday; and see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoiled beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. This amazing day includes 4WD access onto Mt Sunday/Edoras itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, full running commentary from our friendly and knowledgeable kiwi tour guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget.

DAY 7 – DRIVE TO QUEENSTOWN

This morning take the scenic drive to Queenstown, the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round. The Sofitel Queenstown is where you’ll stay for the next 4 nights. The quintessential Sofitel "art de vivre" and lavish amenities complement the classic, yet distinctive design, in the heart of Queenstown.

DAY 8- SAFARI OF THE SCENES – GLENORCHY

For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the tour that really takes you there and back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable film locations and stunning natural scenery. You’ll travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the way. Beyond Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise to discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. This tour also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. All tours are subject to weather, road & river conditions.

DAY 9 - AT LEISURE

Explore this sophisticated resort town with hundreds of activities from bungy jumping to arts trails in a stunning alpine setting. Whatever you desire, Queenstown can inspire and pamper you in equal measure

DAY 10 - AT LEISURE

DAY 11 – FLY HOME (own flight arrangements)

Price

What's Included 

INCLUDED In This NEW ZEALAND VACATION PACKAGE For 2013:

• Accommodation for 10 nights in 5-star luxury hotels

• 2 nights at the new 5-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour with an upgrade to Marina View Room (on availability)

• Intermediate Automatic Rental Car for 9 days

• Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour

• 2 nights at 5-star Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, Rotorua including breakfast

• 2 nights at 5-star boutique hotel - The George Hotel, Christchurch in a Premium Executive Room

• Lord of the Rings Tour in Christchurch: Movie locations and stunning scenery

• 4 nights at 5-star Sofitel Queenstown with an upgrade to a Prestige Suite (on availability)

• Tour of stunning Glenorchy and see Tolkien movie locations

• Private airport transfers

• 24/7 local travel assistance and complimentary Travel Protection Plan

What's Not Included 

CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIONS:
Additional unique and special experiences are available as options. Please inquire with our specialist for a consultation. A sample of optional activities and tours: 
• Visit the Waitomo Caves – see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a guided boat tour.
• Experience Maori culture and performances
• Ride a helicopter for a walk in the crater of a live volcano
• See sheep shearing, a kiwi rescue center and trout farm
• Tour to Milford or Doubtful Sounds
• Plus many, many more options!

Price 

Priced from $2,645. A 5-star amazing value trip! This is a 40% discount off the regular price.