Embark on a journey of Middle Earth and New Zealand. Visit official sites used in the filming of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, whilst visiting some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions surrounding Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Queenstown.

Let Air New Zealand take you there to experience the stunning vistas and varied landscapes that motivated Sir Peter Jackson to film The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and his latest installment, The Hobbit in New Zealand.

On this 11-night vacation package, see a combination of major attractions with well-known scenes on this self-guided adventure.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • One way airfare from Rotorua to Wellington and Queenstown
  • Three nights SKYCITY Auckland
  • Two nights Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Two nights Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
  • Four nights Heritage Queenstown
  • Arrival transfer Auckland Airport to hotel
  • Half-day Auckland City Revealed tour
  • Full-day Discover the Bay with Cape Brett tour
  • Full-day Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves including lunch
  • Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • Full-day Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour, Rotorua
  • Departure transfer Rotorua hotel to Airport
  • Half-day Lord of the Rings Tour, Wellington
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers Wellington
  • Half-Day Safari of the Scenes, Queenstown
  • Full-day Milford Sound tour and cruise, Queenstown
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers Queenstown
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including Sep 11 Security Fee
  • Applicable Airline Fuel Surcharge

Air New Zealand flight crew

Let Air New Zealand take you there to experience the stunning vistas and varied landscapes that motivated Sir Peter Jackson to film The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and his latest installment, The Hobbit in New Zealand.

Discover Auckland, a city between two harbors and set on 52 dormant volcanic cones.  Enjoy a journey of discovery to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.  See the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby scattered with historic buildings, cross the Harbour Bridge to North Shore and stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in the historic suburb of Devonport, visit the Auckland Fish Market and see the stunning panoramic views of Auckland City from the summit of Mt Victoria.

Enjoy a full-day tour that takes you across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, north via the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands a haven for people who enjoy sea activities and the beauty of uncrowded sandy beaches and native forests. Arrive in Paihia and visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, join a cruise to Cape Brett, to travel through the famous Hole in the Rock (weather permitting). On completion of your cruise, rejoin your coach for your return journey to Auckland.

Leave Auckland on a full day tour to the small town of Waitomo for a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Enjoy a silent yet magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glow worms.

Depart Waitomo and enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch en-route to Rotorua where you will stay for two nights.

Experience the very best of Rotorua's geothermal wonders at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a half-day Geothermal Wonderland Tour.  With close up views of the spectacular geothermal activity, see the amazing diversity of geothermal features and the stunning volcanic landscapes.  See New Zealand's largest boiling mud lake, Lady Knox Geyser erupting daily at 10.15am, colorful volcanic craters of every tint and hue, hot streams, boiling hot springs, hissing fumaroles, vividly colored silica terraces, steaming cliffs, hot crater lakes, unique thermally adapted plants, native rainforest and birdlife. 

Your afternoon is free before joining a Maori Cultural Experience to learn about the history and traditions of the Maori people and dine on a traditional hangi dinner.

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where scenes from Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Learn how the farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth and let your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. Return to Rotorua

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington and spend some time exploring the city at your leisure.  On one day,e njoy a wonderful guided half-day tour of the film locations with an expert guide in a small group.  The tour takes you to the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the Anduin River where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs; the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman. Visit the Mount Victoria lookout and Hobbiton Woods where you can race to the Ferry and get off the road; Buckland Forest where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the road; Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry for the filming of Helms Deep and the fortified ravine in Rohan and Minas Tirith.

Continue by air to Queenstown, the alpine resort town located on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu near the stunning Fiordlands and surrounded by majestic mountains. Join a half-day tour that takes in recognizable film locations and stunning natural scenery taking you from Queenstown to Glenorchy with stops at breath-taking viewpoints. From Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard which offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw before heading to Paradise; the location for the Forest of Lothlorien.  On your return to Queenstown, stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.

A stay in Queenstown is not complete without a stop at the stunning Milford Sound. Enjoy an informative commentary en-route to the Sound and take a relaxing nature cruise with spectacular views of waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and wildlife.  There is free time to explore points of interest before returning to Queenstown by road late evening.

Transfer to Queenstown Airport and board your Air New Zealand return flight to Los Angeles.