Woman walking on path through tall trees of Fiordland National Park in Te Anau, New Zealand

Unique & Boutique New Zealand Tour

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch...

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Suggested Duration

21 Days

From the depths of Helms Deep to the towering trees of the Fangorn Forest, watch Middle Earth come to life before your eyes as you venture across an unimaginable world on your 20-day New Zealand tour. The All-Seeing Eye watches the land from atop Mount Doom. Nazguls traipse across Middle Earth in search of the ring, which hides in the hills of the Shire on your journey of a lifetime.

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Trip Highlights

  • Uncover hard to reach beauty of Fox Glacier, with an optional walk along the frozen river
  • Venture through the fabulous landscape of Morder in Tongariro National Park
  • Venture through the incredible landscapes on a Lord of the Rings Tour of Queenstown
  • See Mount Doom’s Peak with a visit to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak
  • Learn how the creatures, weapons, and props for the films were created from an insider during the tour of Weta Workshop
  • Visit the hobbits’ favorite haunts on a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Hobbiton set
  • Experience the majesty of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise
  • Customize your trip with a variety of optional excursions that showcase the best of New Zealand

Detailed Description

Follow Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring through the breathtaking and unrestrained beauty of the real Middle Earth on this 23-day tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The plains are always vivacious, while the mountains seem to extend across the landscape. Whether a dedicated fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or someone interested in the majesty of New Zealand, the magic of the North and South Islands is apparent in the ineffable beauty of the landscape. The world situated within New Zealand’s borders is more than where the Lord of the Rings was filmed; it is the true embodiment of Middle Earth and is ready for you to explore.

Begin your adventure by crossing the International Date Line and landing in the beautiful city of Auckland that sits along the edges of Middle Earth. The City of Sails welcomes you with luxury and kindness before you make your way down to Hobbiton for a fantastic tour of the Shire. Explore the Mill, Frodo’s home, and the Green Dragon Inn as you enter the heart of Middle Earth. From Hobbiton you will continue on to Rotorua where the myths and legends of Tolkien’s imagination merge with the exceptional myths and legends of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Experience the traditional food and culture before departing Rotorua for the tumultuous landscape of Mordor, located within Tongariro National Park. Follow Frodo’s footsteps down to Wellington where you can wander through the unique Weta Workshop, home to the stunning city models, fantastic creatures, and pristine weapons of Middle Earth, designed and made for the movies, and now decorating the workshop.

Your journey follows Frodo to the South Island where you will take the Cook Straight ferry and eventually arrive in the scenic destination of Nelson where you can find the One Ring, and its designers, at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith. Traverse through ghostly trees and around dramatic holes in the earth on your way to Collingwood where the embodiment of the South Island’s untouched beauty lies in Abel Tasman National Park. The crashing water of Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the thundering crash of the famous blowhole are highlighted in Hokitika. Venture to Fox Glacier where the colorful blue and white frozen water glistens in the sunlight and stretches through the base of multiple mountains. From Wanaka to Te Anau you will explore the trail to Rohan to the River Anduin, and venture under the Pillars of the Argonath.

Your journey through the South Island and Middle Earth continues as you cruise in and around the breathtaking Doubtful Sound, where mountains surround the clear water and the cool breeze blows from the mountaintops before making your way to Queenstown. The city’s surroundings are brimming with stunning landscapes that highlight the best of the Lord of the Rings, ready for you to scour on a unique four-wheel-drive tour over the mountains, through the plains, and into the depths of Middle Earth. Embark on a jet boat tour through the opulent Dart River also known as Ford of Bruinen. Mount Cook looms over the landscape, better known as Mount Doom, where you will settle into the alpine village and, if you feel adventurous, soar over the ineffable landscape on a guided flight around Mount Doom, throughout Middle Earth, and touch-down along the open plains where the Misty Mountains stretch before you. Make your way to Christchurch were the journey through Middle Earth comes to an end. The adventure that followed Frodo Baggins’s footsteps may finish but the breathtaking beauty of Middle Earth and New Zealand will continue, ready to be explored again.

Starting Price

$19,105 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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