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.
Auckland – The Edge of (Middle) Earth
Your journey begins as all adventures do, with the first step away from home. Follow in the footsteps of Frodo Baggins by leaving your home behind for a magical experience through New Zealand. The plane soars through the sky. The clouds sit quietly beneath you. The beauty of New Zealand awaits you as a warrior’s adrenaline courses through you. The sound of clanking swords and grunting Orcs swirls in your ears. Gandalf’s voice rings in your head urging your adventure forward and you have happily accepted.
Land in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city at the edge of Middle Earth. Known as the City of Sails, boats decorate the harbors with colorful bows and tall masts. The water is calm along Auckland’s shores as the scent of evergreen from the city’s remarkably lush surroundings flows through the outlying streets. Soon you will make your way into the depths of Middle Earth but for now, you will be able to explore the wonderful diversity of Auckland. The city skyline, including the Sky Tower, stands tall above the harbors giving depth and diversity to the cityscape. Cafes are interspersed throughout the neighborhoods filling the streets with the scent of rich coffee and fresh bread. As the sun sets over the water you can almost hear the Hobbits calling you to join them at the Green Dragon Inn.
Rotorua – Step into the Shire at Hobbiton
Rotorua – From the Middle of Earth to the Middle of Culture
Tongariro National Park – The Gates of Mordor
Tongariro National Park – The Depths of Mordor
Wellington – From Sauron’s Capital to New Zealand’s Capital
Wellington – Capital to Castle
Nelson – South Across the Straight
Abel Tasman National Park – Beneath the Landscape of Middle Earth
Abel Tasman National Park – The Best of Land and Sea
Hokitika – The Adventure Continues
Fox Glacier – Near the Misty Mountains
Wanaka – The Golden Fields
Te Anau – Through the Pillars of Kings
Doubtful Sound – Almost Like Rivendell
Queenstown – The Outskirts of Lothlorien
Queenstown – An Adventurous Safari
Queenstown – Along the River’s Edge
Mount Cook – Mount Doom
Christchurch – Ice-Fall to Gardens
Christchurch – A Completed Journey
- 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
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.
$14,695 per person (excluding international flights)
- 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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