Immerse yourself in the world of Frodo and Gandalf in a New Zealand self-drive vacation. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, whilst also visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, active geysers, dramatic mountains and deep fiords.

Experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand and visit the many located that featured in a number of films made in the country.  Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and see the rolling green hills full of brightly covered hobbit holes and gardens.  View the sinister landscapes for Mordor and Mount Doom at Tongariro.  In Wellington, take a half-day tour to the film sites like the forests of Rivendell or the quarry used as Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith Gondor.  In Queenstown, take a Safari of the Scenes to the forest realm of Lothlorein and Isendgard.


  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • One night Auckland City Hotel
  • One night farmstay, near Matamata, including a hosted 3-course dinner and breakfast
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Two nights Sudima Lake Rotorua
  • One night Chateau Tongariro Hotel
  • One night Kapiti Gateway Motel
  • Two nights Mercure Wellington
  • Two nights Ocean View Chalets Marahau, Moteuka
  • One night Punakaiki  Resort
  • Two nights Bella Vista Motel Fox Glacier
  • Three nights Scenic Suites Queenstown
  • One night Distinction Hotel
  • 17 days Intermediate Car Hire, pick-up Auckland, drop-off Queenstown*
  • Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • Rotoura Diamond Pass
  • Full-day Lord of the Rings Tour, Wellington
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing from Wellington to Picton, 2 passengers
  • Half-day Safari of the Scenes, Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including Sep 11 Security Fee

Air New Zealand flight crew

Collect your rental vehicle in Auckland and make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Make your way from Auckland to Matamata, the home of The Hobbiton Movie Set.  Start with a "Kiwi" barbecue lunch at the Shire's Rest Cafe then enjoy a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of The Rings film trilogy. Complete your Kiwi style experience this evening with a Farm Stay. Enjoy a three-course hosted dinner featuring fresh New Zealand produce and complimentary wine or beer. A continental or cooked breakfast is also included.

After breakfast take a short drive to Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland that abounds with culture and history.  This evening enjoy a cultural Maori experience and a hangi meal, a Maori tradition where meals are cooked beneath the surface of the earth. Learn about the Maori culture and enjoy a night’s entertainment of local singing and dancing.

Included in your vacation is a Diamond Pass which gives you entry to Te Puia, Skyline Rotorua Gondola, the Agrodome Sheep Show, Polynesian Spa and a choice of either Paradise Valley Springs or Rainbow Springs,

From Rotorua, travel to Tongariro National Park and see the looming and foreboding volcanic landscapes that supplied the background for Mordor and Mount Doom.  Have your own go at a Frodo-esque journey by trekking past the steaming vents and scorched lava-flow terrain on what's widely considered New Zealand's best one-day hike: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (own expense).

Located just 40 minutes from Wellington lies an area of spectacular vistas, glorious sunsets, untouched forest and dramatic hillscapes, the Kapiti coast.  Visit the Lord of the Rings potter and the LOTR Horses in Otaki  or perhaps just relax on the beach and enjoy the scenery.

In Wellington, enjoy a half-day LOTR tour that takes you in to some of the locations used in the film,  In your own time, make sure you visit the Weta Cave and make sure you allow time to visit Te Papa, the National Museum.

Leave your vehicle at Wellington Ferry terminal and take the scenic ferry across the Marlborough Sound.  Upon arrival in Picton, collect your South Island vehicle and travel to Motueka, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park.

Continue down to the West Coast and stop in Punakaiki, best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.  Watch the spectacular West Coast sunset and explore one of the many unspoilt deserted beaches.

Further south is the Glacier country, where you have time to explore both Fox and Franz Glaciers before continuing to the adventure capital, Queenstown. Join a half-day tour that takes in recognizable film locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the way. Follow the Dart River from Glenorchy to the spectacular filming location for Isengard offering stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Travel to Paradise and discover the area used for the Forest of Lothlorien.  On your return to Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

Discover Milford Sound, a world-renowned natural wonder. Nowhere else in Fiordland do the mountains stand so tall, straight out of the sea.  Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble thousands of feet to the sea below.  Enjoy a cruise on the Sound before returning to Queenstown.

Return to rental vehicle to Queenstown Airport for your return flight to Los Angeles.