Hobbiton from the movie Lord of the Rings, filmed in New Zealand.  Photo © New Zealand Tourism/Ian Brodie

Scenic Lord of the Rings Exploration of New Zealand

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown

Suggested Duration

18 Days

After the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films, New Zealand has become a land of myth and legend. This 18-day tour of both the North and South Islands will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the characters and immerse yourself in the settings of the films' most memorable scenes. By the end of the tour, you will have an entirely new appreciation for this unparalleled landscape and the films that helped popularize it.

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Trip Highlights

  • Stroll along the scenic boulevards and lanes of Auckland, where you can partake in outstanding adventures
  • Enjoy a food and wine excursion on the nearby island of Waiheke to productive vineyards and olive orchards that add their texture to the lush and fertile landscape
  • Plunge into the hallowed footpaths of the Shire on a trip to Matamata and the film set of Hobbiton
  • Witness the volcanic legacy of New Zealand, which has been left by millions of years of geologic activity 
  • Immerse yourself in the depths of the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave and search out these incandescent inhabitants of the deep
  • Soar through the skies over New Zealand's oldest national park on an aerial tour of Mt. Tongariro, the site of the famous troll and campfire scene in Lord of the Rings
  • Bask in the ambient calm and serenity of Wellington, where beautiful vistas of the gulf and a variety of filming artifacts will be yours to discover
  • Paddle your way along the Pelorus River during a kayaking expedition that will allow you to recreate the thrilling barrel scene from the Hobbit
  • Set off in search of the Riders of Rohan on a day trip from Christchurch to the Mt. Potts high country, which was the setting for the fictional Edoras
  • Take to the waves on a jet boat ride along the picturesque Dart River, where the rugged mountains and crystal-clear water never fail to impress

Starting Price

$4,945 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.

Reviews of this Travel Agency

4.64 stars based on 36 reviews.

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