Lord Of The Rings Tour - From Auckland to Queenstown

13 Nights

Auckland

Uncover the true “”Middle Earth and experience the magic of breathtaking scenery and majestic vistas while taking in the sites where the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed.

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Highlights

  • Lush farmland of the Waikato, famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it’s easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire.
  • Lake Taupo is famous for its trout, year-round water sports and stunning views across the water towards those mystical Middle-earth volcanoes.
  • The Tongariro World Heritage National isn’t just legendary for its dramatic and eerie scenery. Thanks to a geologically turbulent past, the area provided The Lord of the Rings crew with the perfect raw materials to create vivid scenes of Mordor, Emyn Muil, Mount Doom and the Plains of Gorgoroth.
  • Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and film base for Lord of the Rings. The city is renowned for it’s arts, heritage, culture and natural beauty.
  • See Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, distinctive geological formations formed over tens of thousands of years of pummeling from the Tasman Sea.
  • Awe-inspiring coastal scenery to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier region. It is an area of mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, tranquil lakes, raging rivers and lush rainforest.
  • Queenstown is known for the wide range of adventure and outdoor activities that make the most of the scenery and the environment
  • Day 1 - Arrive in Auckland
  • Day 2 - Auckland To Rotorua via Matamata
  • Day 3 - Rotorua to Tongariro National Park/ Mt Ruapehu via Lake Taupo
  • Day 4 - Tongariro National Park
  • Day 5 - Mt Ruapehu / Tongariro National Park To Wellington
  • Day 6 - Wellington
  • Day 7 - Wellington To Nelson via Picton
  • Day 8 - Nelson
  • Day 9 - Nelson to Punakaiki
  • Day 10 - Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day 11 - Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
  • Day 12 - Queenstown
  • Day 13 - Queenstown
  • Day 14 - Depart Queenstown
  • Additional Information

Auckland, a city nicknamed “‘the City of Sails”. Sprawling across two large harbours, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is surrounded
by expansive parklands and water. The sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Auckland

Property Location With a stay at Scenic Hotel Auckland, you'll be centrally located in Auckland, steps from Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. This 4-star hotel is close to Sky Tower and University of Auckland.

Approximately 233km (145 Miles)


A couple of hours south of Auckland lies the lush farmland of the Waikato. Famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it’s easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire.

Daily tours are available to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing village created for the movies. Continue onto the heartland of Maori culture, to the centre of New Zealand’s spectacular geothermal wonderland and discover the spirits of Rotorua. This evening you could enjoy a traditional
Maori concert and hangi (at extra cost).

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Redwood Forest, Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel is a great base for both families and adventurers to explore. Relax and let us take care of everything while the kids stay and eat free.

Approximately 186kms (116 miles)

Today travel down past Lake Taupo and onto the volcanic central plateau to Mt Ruapehu, the largest mountain in the North Island in the heart of the Tongariro National Park. Lake Taupo is famous for its trout, year-round water sports and stunning views across the water towards those mystical Middle-earth volcanoes. Take a side road to a geothermal park, where you’ll discover geysers, silica terraces and craters of boiling mud.

Meals Included: Ro

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Welcome to the Chateau Tongariro 4 Star Hotel, New Zealand.

Today is at leisure for you to explore Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro World Heritage National isn’t just legendary for its dramatic and eerie scenery. Thanks to a geologically turbulent past, the area provided The Lord of the Rings crew with the perfect raw materials to create vivid scenes of
Mordor, Emyn Muil, Mount Doom and the Plains of Gorgoroth.

Meals Included: Ro

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Welcome to the Chateau Tongariro 4 Star Hotel, New Zealand.

Approximately 345km (214 Miles)


Just a short drive from Mt Ruapehu is Ohakune, home to Ithilien camp, which was filmed in the nearby bush; continue on towards Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and film base for Lord of the Rings. The city is renowned for it’s arts, heritage, culture and natural beauty. It is also home of Peter Jackson and production company Weta Studios, Wellington provided lots of scope for locations. Visit Weta Workshop where you can get a behind the scenes look at movie making magic.

Meals Included: Ro

Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington is centrally located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour and city outlooks. 

A day to relax in Wellington, although there is plenty to do. You could visit the Parliament Buildings, Te Papa - New Zealand’s new national museum or a ride up the cable car for great views over Wellington.

Meals Included: Ro

Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington is centrally located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour and city outlooks. 

Approximately 104kms (65 miles) Picton to Nelson

Board the Interislander Ferry for the scenic journey to Picton on the South Island. Continue west to the Nelson. The region is known for its year-round sunshine, golden beaches, three national parks, 300-plus working artists and craftspeople, boutique wineries, fresh local produce and seafood, historical
streetscapes, waterfront cafes and restaurants, and a thoroughly relaxed lifestyle.

Meals Included: Ro

Grand Mercure Monaco Apartments

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments is a handcrafted resort village surrounded by gardens. Featuring 83 rooms, the hotel boasts a charming one storey hotel plus elegant self contained one and two bedroom cottages and one bedroom studio apartments.

Today is at leisure for you to explore the wonderful beaches and national parks. Abel Tasman National Park is highly recommended for walking and kayaking.

Meals Included: Ro

Grand Mercure Monaco Apartments

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments is a handcrafted resort village surrounded by gardens. Featuring 83 rooms, the hotel boasts a charming one storey hotel plus elegant self contained one and two bedroom cottages and one bedroom studio apartments.

Approximately 265kms (165 miles)

Continue through the Victoria Forest Park and along the spectacular west coast to Punakaiki in Paparoa National Park. See Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks, distinctive geological formations formed over tens of thousands of years of pummeling from the Tasman Sea.

Meals Included: Ro

Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki Resort is a Williams Hotel Group property. Other Williams Hotel Group properties include: The Ashley Hotel Greymouth, The Ashley Hotel Christchurch, Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Wanaka and the Towers on the Park Christchurch.

Approximately 217km (135 miles)

Travel onwards with awe-inspiring coastal scenery to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier region. It is an area of mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, tranquil lakes, raging rivers and lush rainforest.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is close to the edge of one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, welcoming you to this enticing and dramatic region.

Approximately 391kms (243 miles) via Cromwell
Approximately 350kms (217 miles) via Cardrona & Crown Range Road

Experience the scenic wilderness of Haast Pass, stopping along the way to take advantage of many short nature walks and picnic spots, pass crystal clear Lake Wanaka before continuing to Queenstown. Queenstown is snuggled into a picturesque valley beside Lake Wakatipu and with the Remarkables Ranges towering alongside. Known for the wide range of adventure and outdoor activities that make the most of the scenery and the environment, Queenstown also offers a wide range of shopping and dining options in and around the township.

Meals Included: Ro

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Property Location With a stay at Heartland Hotel Queenstown, you'll be centrally located in Queenstown, steps from St Josephs Parish and Arrow River. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Church of St Peters and Queenstown Arts Centre.

A day at leisure for you to explore Queenstown and surroundings. You may want to consider an optional excursion - Lord of the Rings Tour or a cruise on magnificent Milford or Doubtful Sound.

Meals Included: Ro

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Property Location With a stay at Heartland Hotel Queenstown, you'll be centrally located in Queenstown, steps from St Josephs Parish and Arrow River. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Church of St Peters and Queenstown Arts Centre.

A day at leisure for you to explore Queenstown and surroundings. You may want to consider an optional excursion - Lord of the Rings Tour or a cruise on magnificent Milford or Doubtful Sound.

Meals Included: Ro

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Property Location With a stay at Heartland Hotel Queenstown, you'll be centrally located in Queenstown, steps from St Josephs Parish and Arrow River. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Church of St Peters and Queenstown Arts Centre.

Depart Queenstown.

Meals Included: Ro

Price includes:
Deluxe Documentation Pack
13 nights accommodation
14 days Hertz Group D car rental

Hotel Accommodation:

Motel:

Auckland Scenic Hotel or similar
Rotorua Holiday Inn Rotorua or similar
Tongariro NP Skotel Alpine Resort or similar
Wellington
Nelson Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco or similar
Punakaiki Punakaiki Resort or similar
Franz Josef Glacier Punga Grove or similar
Queenstown Heartland Hotel or similar

Hotel:

Auckland The Heritage Auckland or similar
Rotorua Distinction Rotorua Hotel or similar
Tongariro NP Chateau Tongariro Hotel or similar
Wellington Rydges Wellington or similar
Nelson Rutherford Hotel or similar
Punakaiki Punakaiki Resort or similar
Franz Josef Glacier Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar
Queenstown The Heritage Queenstown or similar

Boutique:

Auckland Hotel DeBrett or similar
Rotorua The Springs Fine Accommodation or similar
Tongariro NP Chateau Tongariro or similar
Wellington Harbour Lodge Wellington or similar
Nelson Cambria House or similar
Punakaiki Ti Kouka House or similar
Fox Glacier Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Queenstown Browns Boutique Hotel or similar

Blockout dates:
Please note additional blockout dates are subject to change. Additional block out dates may apply during special event and public holiday periods.

Motel:
Holiday Inn Rotorua: 10-13 Apr 19, 21 Dec 20 - 06 Jan 21, 10-20 Feb 21
The Thorndon Hotel
: 03-04 Jul 20, 10-11 Jul 20, 17-18 Jul 20, 24-25 Jul 20, 29-30 Jul 20, 31 Jul -02 Aug 20, 07-08 Aug 20, 14-15 Aug 20, 21-22 Aug 20, 28-29 Aug 20, 24 Sep - 11 Oct 20, 08-13 Dec 20, 20 Feb - 09 Mar 20
Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco: 02-10 Jan 21
Heartland Hotel Queenstown: 
21 Dec 20 - 13 Jan 21

Hotel:

Chateau Tongariro Hotel: 25-26 Dec 20, 31 Dec 20 - 01 Jan 21. Surcharge will apply for stays over Thursday to Saturday nights
Rydges Wellington: 03-04 Jul 20, 10-11 Jul 20, 17-18 Jul 20, 24-25 Jul 20, 29-30 Jul 20, 02 Aug 20, 07-08 Aug 20, 14-15 Aug 20, 21-22 Aug 20, 28-29 Aug 20, 01 Sep - 31 Oct 20. Rutherford Hotel Nelson: 14 May 20, 23-25 Jul 20, 30 Jul - 01 Aug 20, 01 Nov 20, 01 Jan 21, 07 Feb 21
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier : 26 Dec 20 - 10 Jan 21
Heritage Queenstown: 
24 Dec 20 - 02 Jan 21

Boutique:

Hotel DeBrett: 2-night minimum stay applies during 01 Jan – 28 Feb 21
The Springs Rotorua: Property Closed: 01 Jul - 31 Aug 20. This property does not cater for children under 14 years.
Chateau Tongariro: 25-26 Dec 20, 31 Dec 20 - 01 Jan 21. Surcharge will apply for stays over Thursday to Saturday nights
Harbour Lodge Wellington: 2-night minimum stay applies during 01 Oct 20 - 31 Mar 21
Browns Boutique Hotel: This property does not cater for children under 12 years.