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Thrifty ToursLand of the Rings

A tour appealing to those Frodo and Gandalf fans, with visits to official sites used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Motels
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Hobbiton, Matamata
Milford Sound, New Zealand

At a glance - Land of the Rings

Day 1: Travel to Waitomo Caves and then onto Hobbiton before arriving in Rotorua. Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 2: This morning explore Rotorua on the famous Duck, then fly to Christchurch (own arrangements). Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

Day 3: Today explore the Canterbury countryside brought to life in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

Day 4: Traverse Mackenzie Country into the Southern Lakes via Mt. Cook National Park. Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 5: A full day Trails of Middle Earth Tour. Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 6: Free time to explore Queenstown and a Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour. Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 7: Travel to Te Anau and then explore 'River Anduin' by Jet boat. Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 8: Head into Milford Sound today, take a cruise and then return to Queenstown. Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 9: Final day - depart Queenstown today.

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Land of the Rings - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Travel to Waitomo Caves and then onto Hobbiton before arriving in Rotorua

Land of the Rings - Day 1

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Hobbiton Experience with GreatSights

Take a journey into the heart of the Central North Island, taking in the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour. Setting off from Auckland, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Take a guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located inside a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm near Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. During your guided tour of this amazing location you’ll see sights like Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead. After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Bella Vista Rotorua offers Qualmark 4 star motel accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and close to the lake front. Modern well equipped units provide a comfortable stay.

Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 2: This morning explore Rotorua on the famous Duck, then fly to Christchurch (own arrangements)

Land of the Rings - Day 2

Rotorua Duck Tours - City & Lakes Tour

You haven't seen Rotorua until you've seen it from a Duck. Discover Rotorua in the most unique way possible with the City and Lakes Tour. This unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure takes place on land and water, on-board a WWII amphibious Duck. Unlike any other tour in Rotorua, the duck tour is the best way to see the city and experience the beauty of the surrounding lake district all at once.

Your tour begins right in the heart of the city where you will discover the sights and sounds, and learn all about the rich history and diversity that makes Rotorua such a unique destination. With your conDUCKtor you will venture out of town to the spectacular lakes district where you will see magnificent views of Mt Tarawera and splashdown into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka.

Air New Zealand flight Rotorua to Christchurch

Private transfer Christchurch airport to your accommodation

On arrival you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Christchurch accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

As one of the newest motels in Riccarton, Christchurch, no detail has been overlooked. The modern, well-appointed studio suites and spacious 2-bedroom apartments provide the ultimate in comfort and are fully self-contained.

Amore Motor Lodge

Day 3: Today explore the Canterbury countryside brought to life in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Land of the Rings - Day 3

Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this spectacular mountain was transformed into Edoras - the capital city of the Rohan people from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Marvel at its rugged unspoiled beauty and breathe in the clear mountain air, while you indulge in a gourmet sparkling wine picnic.

Your Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

As one of the newest motels in Riccarton, Christchurch, no detail has been overlooked. The modern, well-appointed studio suites and spacious 2-bedroom apartments provide the ultimate in comfort and are fully self-contained.

Meals included: Dinner

Amore Motor Lodge

Day 4: Traverse Mackenzie Country into the Southern Lakes via Mt. Cook National Park

Land of the Rings - Day 4

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook with GreatSights

Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. Then continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,754 metres high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Māori can be translated as 'cloud piercer'.
You'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Omarama. Your tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Bella Vista Motel Queenstown is just a 3 minute flat walk to Queenstown centre offering mountain views and great facilities for visitors to the alpine resort town.

Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 5: A full day Trails of Middle Earth Tour

Land of the Rings - Day 5

Trails of Middle Earth

This full day guided tour will take you deep into Lord of the Rings country to explore the sights and scenes at a number of key filming locations. Along the way you'll enjoy some of the finest scenery in the world and have fun acting out your favourite scenes from the movies. Your guide will share their passion for the Lord of the Rings as well as the spectacular landscape you pass through. You'll also get to examine a range of fascinating weapons and costumes from the movies.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Bella Vista Motel Queenstown is just a 3 minute flat walk to Queenstown centre offering mountain views and great facilities for visitors to the alpine resort town.

Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 6: Free time to explore Queenstown and a Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour

Land of the Rings - Day 6

Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour

For those keen on the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings films, come with us for an unexpectedly delightful journey. In safari-equipped 4WD vehicles, you will be taken on a true off-road adventure. Experienced guides will take you on a breathtaking excursion through diverse scenery around the Wakatipu Basin. See historic Arrowtown and go over the Arrow River, as well as experiencing the truly remarkable views of the lake and mountain surround from the Skippers Canyon Saddle.

Free day in Queenstown

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting.
 

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Bella Vista Motel Queenstown is just a 3 minute flat walk to Queenstown centre offering mountain views and great facilities for visitors to the alpine resort town.

Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 7: Travel to Te Anau and then explore 'River Anduin' by Jet boat

Land of the Rings - Day 7

Queenstown to Te Anau with GreatSights

Following the shores of Lake Wakatipu south the Remarkable mountain range towers over you as you approach township of Kingston. Then into Southland and rolling fertile farm country. Crossing the rolling tussock lands you pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand and into Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Pure Wilderness Jet Boat

Jet boat down the Waiau river, across Lake Manapouri, to the ancient forest of the Fiordland National Park. Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout-filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri. Step foot into the Fiordland National Park and go for a short walk while learning about the ancient beech forest and ferns. Your jet boat ride includes a number of stops at the exact locations of the filming the "Fellowship of the Ring" on the Waiau or Anduin River, where the driver will tell you the inside story of the filming the Lord of the Rings on this river. The trip will also include some thrilling 360 degree turns and spins as well as some interesting interpretation about the flora and fauna and the local European and Maori history.

Your Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Stylish self contained motel units less than one minute walk from Te Anau Lakefront. Close to shops, cafes and restaurants.

Lakefront Lodge

Day 8: Head into Milford Sound today, take a cruise and then return to Queenstown

Land of the Rings - Day 8

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Te Anau, and onto Queenstown

From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. Photo stops are made on the way into Milford, with additional photo stops and a short walk on the return journey. Real Journeys experienced drivers enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A nature guide provides fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Queenstown

Bella Vista Motel Queenstown is just a 3 minute flat walk to Queenstown centre offering mountain views and great facilities for visitors to the alpine resort town.

Meals included: Lunch

Bella Vista Queenstown

Day 9: Final day - depart Queenstown today

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