Lord of the Rings, New Zealand
Thrifty Tours

13 day North to South Lord of the Rings Explorer

Explore New Zealand highlights on this wonderful Lord of the Rings themed tour. Superb scenery and fantastic inclusions

This Independent daily departures features

Independent daily departures

This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,705 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

13 days/12 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Customisable? YES

 Viewed 46 times in the last 7 days

This tour departs every day and also includes

All coach tour transport as specified in this tour package

All breakfasts

1 highlight dinner

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Air New Zealand Airfare Wellington to Christchurch

Air New Zealand Airfare Rotorua to Wellington

Tour map
Fly you fools, to Glenorchy, home to countless LOTR set locations
View Mordors main attraction, Mount Doom aka, Mt Ngauruhoe
Detailed itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Private transfer Auckland airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Auckland City Sights Afternoon Tour with GreatSights

Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live, with a half-day tour of its scenic highlights. Travel through the city centre, cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Silo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing over to the Auckland Domain, developed around an extinct volcano, it is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The tour then continues through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village, where you'll stop for a short afternoon tea break and along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive.
Your Auckland city tour ends with a trip back along the waterfront, finishing in downtown Auckland.

Your accommodation: Heritage Hotel Auckland

The Heritage Auckland Hotel commands an elevated position in the centre of the city. With two distinctive accommodation wings - The Hotel reflects the traditional style of the building's famous past, while The Tower is a contemporary design.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 2 - Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Rotorua Experience with GreatSights

Departing early, this full-day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Includes a visit to the glowworm caves, a Māori cultural performance, a visit to the Agrodome and bubbling mud pools and geysers.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Millennium Hotel is Rotorua's largest 4-star deluxe hotel. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Back to top

Day 3 - Hobbiton day tour from Rotorua, Maori Village tour and dinner this evening

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua

Discover the real Middle-earth when you take this two hour guided tour of Hobbiton. Beginning with a drive through a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm, you'll experience stunning views over the Kaimai Ranges. You'll then be escorted through the 12 acre movie set learning memorable anecdotes about the shooting of the films. Visit Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree, as well as learning how this piece of Waikato farmland was turned into the Shire.

Mitai Maori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and see warriors in traditional dress who paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance that tells the story of the Maori people, their past, carvings, and ta Moko -Tattoo art. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat and be amazed by the spine tingling Haka finale. Truly an experience to remember.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Millennium Hotel is Rotorua's largest 4-star deluxe hotel. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Back to top

Day 4 - Fly Rotorua to Wellington, afternoon Lord of the Rings Tours

Rotorua Accommodation to Rotorua Airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to Rotorua Airport.

Air New Zealand flight Rotorua to Wellington

Fly from Rotorua airport to Wellington airport.

Private transfer Wellington airport to hotel

You will be met on arrival into Wellington airport and transferred to your hotel.

Middle Earth Film Locations Half Day Tour

In a small group, you will head out to the Valley to explore the very best filming locations Wellington has to offer. See Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack, the River Anduin where the Fellowship voyaged to Amon Hen, the Gardens of Isengard where Gandalf rode to see Saruman and the site of the orcs felling the trees, the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan and Minas Tirith in Gondor. Then back to the city to visit the Mount Victoria lookout and Buckland Forest where you can find the "shortcut to mushrooms" then "get off the road" and hide where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders before taking a run to the Buckleberry Ferry and discovering Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment along the way.

Your accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel is located in the heart of Wellington's CBD, close to shopping, restaurants and key attractions such as Te Papa Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 5 - Wellington to Christchurch via Air New Zealand flight

Private transfer Wellington hotel to Airport

You will be collected from your Wellington hotel and transferred to the airport.

Air New Zealand flight Wellington to Christchurch

Fly from Wellington Airport to Christchurch Airport.

Private transfer Christchurch Airport to your accommodation

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

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just a few minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and Hagley Park. The distinctive architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 6 - Lord of the rings Edoras full day tour

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: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just a few minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and Hagley Park. The distinctive architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Back to top

Day 7 - Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park

Christchurch to Mount Cook with GreatSights

Depart Christchurch in the morning and travel through the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, where you can see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd as it stands in solitude next to the vibrant blue waters. Leaving Tekapo, continue into the Southern Alps towards Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain.
The tour concludes on arrival at Mount Cook Village, where you can explore and soak up the views of Aoraki / Mount Cook.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook

Experience 500 year old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand - and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs from the safety of a specially designed boat.  These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand's largest glacier - The Tasman.

Your accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 8 - Mt. Cook National Park to Queenstown

Mount Cook to Queenstown with GreatSights

Depart Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in the afternoon and head south through the Mackenzie Country. You pass the Mackenzie Basin and head into Central Otago before approaching Queenstown, where the impressive Remarkables mountain range and beautiful Lake Wakatipu come into view.
Tour concludes this evening on arrival into Queenstown.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstown's main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 9 - Full day tour to Milford Sound including a nature cruise

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended two hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the onboard nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstown's main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Back to top

Day 10 - Nomad Safari of the Scenes morning tour, free time to explore this afternoon

Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy Tour

For those keen on Lord Of The Rings - this is the tour for you. Go on a scenic adventure through some of the iconic locations used in the filming. Although none of the sets are left behind, the landscapes will be instantly recognisable. Follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the small town of Glenorchy and enjoy the spectacular views of the Remarkables Range as you drive. From Glenorchy you'll head into the beech forests of Paradise - located on the outskirts of Mount Aspiring National Park - before heading up the dart valley and back. Film locations you'll see include Isengard, Lothlorien, Ithilien Camp and the Seat of Seeing.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstown's main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 11 - Queenstown to Fox Glacier

Queenstown to Fox Glacier with GreatSights

See the majestic Southern Alps, picturesque lakes and rivers and the wild beauty of the West Coast on this journey from Queenstown to Fox Glacier. Pass man-made Lake Dunstan outside Cromwell, beautiful Lake Wanaka and its neighbouring Lake Hawea. Journey through the Haast Pass, the southernmost pass between the South Island's two coasts, enjoying views of native beech forest, waterfalls and glacier-fed rivers. Arriving on the West Coast, you enter an awe-inspiring landscape of vast rainforests, crystal clear waterfalls and rugged mountain tops.
Your journey concludes as you reach the small village of Fox Glacier.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

The Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is nestled at the base of the majestic Southern Alps, in the Westland World Heritage Park. Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished to retain its charming atmosphere.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 12 - Fox Glacier to Greymouth, then take the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch

Fox Glacier to Greymouth Train Station with GreatSights

This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Pass through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields. On arrival into Hokitika there is a 35-minute break in your journey. This allows time to purchase lunch, explore the town centre and relax. Your coach concludes at the Greymouth Train Station.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur's Pass National Park. From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

Private Transfer Christchurch Train Station to your accommodation

On arrival at the Christchurch train station, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just a few minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and Hagley Park. The distinctive architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.

Meals included: Breakfast

Back to top

Day 13 - Depart Christchurch today

Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight.

Back to top

INSTANT QUOTE or BOOK - 13 day North to South Lord of the Rings Explorer
Step 1: Select start date for this tour here
Step 2: Select number of passengers and room configuration
Select number of adult per room type
Single occupancy (based on 1 adult in one room)
Double room (based on 2 adults sharing one room, one bed)
Twin room (based on 2 adults sharing one room with two beds)
Select number of child per room type
Child (5-14yrs inclusive) Child cost when sharing with at least one adult
Child (0-4yrs inclusive) Child cost when sharing with at least one adult
Your quote for this tour:
Start date:
End date:
Guests:
Rooms:
Total cost for this tour package is:
0
This quote is based on vehicles to accommodate your party in the vehicle type. We suggest changing the car type or contacting us for the best options.
Save and send a copy of this quote to
or

NOTE: Quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and is subject to change. Terms and Conditions apply.
Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Just contact us here.

See all departures and prices (per person)
This tour has 464 departure dates.
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Starts Status Twin/Double (2 people sharing) Single occupancy  
Jan 23, 2020
(Thursday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 24, 2020
(Friday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 25, 2020
(Saturday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 26, 2020
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 27, 2020
(Monday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 28, 2020
(Tuesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 29, 2020
(Wednesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 30, 2020
(Thursday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Jan 31, 2020
(Friday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 1, 2020
(Saturday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 2, 2020
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 3, 2020
(Monday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 4, 2020
(Tuesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 5, 2020
(Wednesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 6, 2020
(Thursday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 7, 2020
(Friday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 8, 2020
(Saturday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 9, 2020
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 10, 2020
(Monday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 11, 2020
(Tuesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 12, 2020
(Wednesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 13, 2020
(Thursday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 14, 2020
(Friday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 15, 2020
(Saturday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 16, 2020
(Sunday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 17, 2020
(Monday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 18, 2020
(Tuesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 19, 2020
(Wednesday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 20, 2020
(Thursday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 21, 2020
(Friday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
Feb 22, 2020
(Saturday)
Guaranteed
departure date
NZD$6,251
NZD$8,565
Enquire Book
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Send us an enquiry about this tour here
Your contact information

See our privacy policy here