Journey to Middle-earth

Journey to Middle-earth

Appealing to those Frodo and Gandalf fans, this vacation encompasses official sites used in the filming of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies as well as the stunning landscapes New Zealand is renowned for.

Journey to Middle-earth

New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Rotorua > Wellington & Martinborough > South Island > Christchurch & Canterbury > Queenstown & Wanaka 

15 Days, 12 Nights

Discover the real Middle-earth with this 12 night vacation taking in numerous filming locations and iconic scenery.

Start your journey in the harbor city of Auckland and spend two days exploring here before moving onto the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Take a guided tour of this remarkable film set, get lost among the Hobbit-holes, visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree and listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. Spend the night in the countryside at a farmstay including dinner and breakfast.

Travel onto Rotorua, New Zealand’s geothermal wonderland and Maori cultural center. Enjoy a Maori cultural experience with a hangi dinner and dancing while you are here. Make your way to Wellington and discover the Weta Workshop.

Board a flight bound for Christchurch and explore the many filming locations found here. See Mt Sunday, the peaceful mountain that was transformed into Edoras and immerse yourself the natural unspoiled beauty of the high country’s sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air. Head towards Queenstown with a bus tour taking you through the ruggedly beautiful landscape surrounding Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. Stop for lunch (own expense) and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery.

While in Queenstown you can enjoy more film locations including Isengard and Ithilien Camp, plus beech forests near those used for Lothlorien and Fangorn. Glenorchy, Dart River Valley, Paradise and Chinamans Bluff. Take a scenic cruise to the spectacular Milford Sound and allow the beauty of this area to sweep over you.


  • Hobbiton
  • Weta Workshop
  • Locations of Edoras, Rohan, Misty Mountains and Helms Deep
  • Filming location for Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp


  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland; Wellington to Christchurch and return Queenstown
  • Two nights M Social,Auckland
  • One night rural farmstay, Matamata
  • Two nights Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
  • Two nights Museum Art Hotel
  • Two nights Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
  • Three nights Heritage Queenstown
  • Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour, Matamata
  • Maori Cultural Experience & Hangi Dinner, Rotorua
  • There and Back Again + Thunderbirds are Go, Wellington
  • Lord of the Rings Edora Tour, Christchurch
  • Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook
  • Safari of the Scenes Glenorchy, Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise – Coach/Fly, Queenstown
  • Arrival transfer in Auckland and Christchurch
  • 5 day rental car Auckland to Wellington
  • Departure transfer in Queenstown
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee
Based on departures September 1, 2017 - September 17, 2017
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 5099


Based on departures September 18, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 5629


Based on departures November 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 6099


Based on departures December 1, 2017 - December 10, 2017
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 5769


Based on departures December 11, 2017 - January 31, 2018
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 6499


Based on departures February 1, 2018 - March 15, 2018
  Price per person from*
     Double occupancy 5479


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Group Size

Independent Vacation


September 1, 2017 - September 17, 2017


From $5099 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns September 1, 2017 - September 17, 2017. Weekend surcharges of US$50 apply one way, US$100 return,  for flights Fri-Sun. Advertised price reflects low season travel dates. Seasonal supplements apply outside low season. Must be booked by September 6, 2017. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (8/29/2017) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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