Middle Earth Discovered Independent Coach Tour

8 Days / 7 Nights
From NZ$3,420 per person Per Person, Twin Share
Per Person, Twin Share

Immerse yourself in the world of Frodo and Gandalf. Visit some of the sites used in the filming of Lord of Rings and Hobbit movies as well as some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, geysers, dramatic mountain and deep fiords.

Starts:     Auckland
Finishes:  Christchurch

Highlights

  • Maori cultural experience
  • Visit many LOTR film locations
  • Boiling mud pools and geysers
  • Views of Mt Cook National Park
  • Fiordland National Park

Departure Dates

Daily departures

Day 1:  Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the coach as you continue on to the thermal activity in Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy an evening of powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi feasting at Tamaki Maori Village.

Day 2:  At Rotorua
See roaring geysers, boiling mud pools plus Maori arts and crafts.   Get up close with kiwi and feed the tame trout.   Visit the Agrodome to see sheep shearing and watch dogs at work.  This afternoon you will be taken to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, with Hobbit Holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn.

Day 3:  Rotorua - Wellington
Journey south to Wairakei, wreathed in steam.  Skirt Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.  Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington.  

Day 4:  At Wellington
Enjoy a full day Lord of the Rings tour to Rivendell, Minas Tirith, Helms Deep and much more.  Visit the Weta Cave and find out about New Zealand's five time Oscar winning digital production company.  Lunch included.

Day 5:  Wellington - Queenstown
Be transferred to Wellington Airport for your flight to Queenstown.  The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 6:  Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, in Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, while enjoying lunch onboard a cruise on the Sound.

Day 7:  At Queenstown
Travel by 4WD to many sites used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy including Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains and Pillars of the Kings.  Your afternoon is at leisure, or add an afternoon tour including Lothlorien, Isengard and Ithillien Camp.

Day 8:  Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch
Travel north through country used to portray the Pelennor Fields, Misty Mountains the the foothills of the Whie Mountains.  Lunch is included at Mt Cook.  Continue north to Christchurch where your tour ends that evening.

  • Transport and Accommodation
  • Wellington/Queenstown Flight
  • Maori Cultural Experience 
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs & Kiwi Wildlife Park
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • WETA Cave 
  • Milford Sound Cruise including Lunch
  • Safari of the Scenes tour at Queenstown
  • Tour at Queenstown to visit Lothlorien, Isengard and Ithillien Camp
  • Shotover Jet Boat 
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise & High Country Farm Tour
  • Breakfasts, extra nights and airport transfers

Description & Highlights

Immerse yourself in the world of Frodo and Gandalf. Visit some of the sites used in the filming of Lord of Rings and Hobbit movies as well as some of New Zealand's most stunning attractions including glowworm caves, geysers, dramatic mountain and deep fiords.

Starts:     Auckland
Finishes:  Christchurch

Itinerary

Day 1:  Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the coach as you continue on to the thermal activity in Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy an evening of powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi feasting at Tamaki Maori Village.

Day 2:  At Rotorua
See roaring geysers, boiling mud pools plus Maori arts and crafts.   Get up close with kiwi and feed the tame trout.   Visit the Agrodome to see sheep shearing and watch dogs at work.  This afternoon you will be taken to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, with Hobbit Holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn.

Day 3:  Rotorua - Wellington
Journey south to Wairakei, wreathed in steam.  Skirt Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.  Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington.  

Day 4:  At Wellington
Enjoy a full day Lord of the Rings tour to Rivendell, Minas Tirith, Helms Deep and much more.  Visit the Weta Cave and find out about New Zealand's five time Oscar winning digital production company.  Lunch included.

Day 5:  Wellington - Queenstown
Be transferred to Wellington Airport for your flight to Queenstown.  The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 6:  Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, in Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, while enjoying lunch onboard a cruise on the Sound.

Day 7:  At Queenstown
Travel by 4WD to many sites used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy including Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains and Pillars of the Kings.  Your afternoon is at leisure, or add an afternoon tour including Lothlorien, Isengard and Ithillien Camp.

Day 8:  Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch
Travel north through country used to portray the Pelennor Fields, Misty Mountains the the foothills of the Whie Mountains.  Lunch is included at Mt Cook.  Continue north to Christchurch where your tour ends that evening.

Included In Package

  • Transport and Accommodation
  • Wellington/Queenstown Flight
  • Maori Cultural Experience 
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs & Kiwi Wildlife Park
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • WETA Cave 
  • Milford Sound Cruise including Lunch
  • Safari of the Scenes tour at Queenstown

Optional Extras

  • Tour at Queenstown to visit Lothlorien, Isengard and Ithillien Camp
  • Shotover Jet Boat 
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise & High Country Farm Tour
  • Breakfasts, extra nights and airport transfers
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