Not too long after you announced your vows to each other, follow Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions through the breathtaking and tumultuous beauty of the real Middle Earth on this 10-day honeymoon adventure of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. From the lush valleys and emerald rivers, to the monstrous mountaintops, join the famous hobbit adventure through the real Middle Earth, found in indelible New Zealand.
Auckland – The City of Sails
Today you arrive in Auckland ready for an unforgettable adventure through New Zealand’s, rightfully, famous terrain. As you walk along the city’s edge the opulent water is calm from the sand’s edge to the horizon. The various harbors decorate the shoreline giving Auckland its nickname the “City of Sails.” Boats fill the vast ocean, their sails raised tall in the open sky catching the wind, gliding along the water, the welcoming scent of the cold sea rising in the air. The water splashes around the speeding boats, including some yachts used in the America’s Cup races. As the sun sets over the western shore you will settle in to a dining experience that everyone, including a hobbit, can enjoy.
Hobbiton – In a Hole in the Ground there Lived a Hobbit
Tongariro – Must Have the Precious
Wellington – Far Over the Misty Mountains
Wellington – My Armor Is Like Tenfold Shields
Dunedin – The Journey Continues
Queenstown – Other-Worldly Middle Earth
Queenstown – Adventurous Spirit
Twizel – Over the Edge of the Wild Now
Christchurch – Even Dragons Have Their Endings
- Wander the same path as Bilbo Baggins on his greatest adventure
- Visit the incredible Weta Workshop and the Miramar District
- Enjoy a tour with an actor who played one of the dwarves in The Hobbit film
- Traverse the Waitomo Caves where Gollum could be hiding
- See the stunning volcanic plateaus of Mount Ruapehu and Mount Nguaruhoe
- Travel through the red-earth region of Otago
- Experience the incredible scenery of Twizel
- Visit the location of the actual shire at Hobbiton
Now that the wedding is over and as you take your first steps as husband and wife, follow Bilbo Baggins’s trail through Middle Earth, from Hobbiton to the Misty Mountains, over the River Andouin to Erebor. The tasty scent of second breakfast fills the shire. The boisterous laughs of the Green Dragon Inn spill through the doors. The lush hills of Hobbiton roll over the hobbit-holes and the smoke from Smaug is far, far away.
The mountains always seem to be capped with snow and the valleys are a lively green all year round. Whether a dedicated fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or someone who vaguely recalls the movies, the magic of the North and South Islands is showcased in the ineffable beauty of New Zealand, a country so naturally stunning it is not just a locale for film shoots, it has become the fantastical Middle Earth of JRR Tolkien’s and Peter Jackson’s imaginations.
New Zealand tours journey through Middle Earth in Auckland. The City of Sails resembles a seaside town of Tolkien’s imagination as boats decorate the harbors. The journey begins as you head south towards Rotorua and enter the famous shire of Hobbiton, exploring the hobbits’ lifestyle and neighborhood. Continue on to the volcanic plateau of Mt. Ruapeha and Mt. Nguaruhoe where many of the nefarious landscapes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed. While in Wellington you will visit the various studios that helped make The Hobbit film a stunning reality, beyond the magical landscapes of New Zealand.
The journey continues on the South Island as you land in Dunedin, filled with Edwardian Architecture, including New Zealand’s only castle. Travel through the wild of the Otago region as you make your way to the sensational alpine city of Queenstown. From the city’s interior to its surroundings, there are always activities to experience and landscapes to explore. Continue your Hobbit road trip to Twizel where the opulent lakes of Pukaki and Tekapo glow beneath the clear sky as Mount Cook looms in the background. The North and South Islands of New Zealand are not separately magical landscapes but are enchanting in their connection, as you will find out in your adventure, not through the country of New Zealand, but through the true Middle Earth.
$2,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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