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 > Ruapehu > Wellington & Martinborough > South Island > Christchurch & Canterbury > Abel Tasman National Park > Glaciers & West Coast > Mt Cook/Mt Aoraki > Queenstown & Wanaka > Te Anau 

23 Days, 20 Nights

Journey beneath southern skies and discover a land reminiscent of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy world of lush lowlands barren wastelands, deep hidden valleys and remote mystical mountains. Experiencing New Zealand’s wide variety of landscapes from the green, rolling farmlands, enchanting woods and rivers, dramatic gorges and soaring mountains is a delight, as they are all within such easy reach of one another.

Discover the real Middle-earth with this extended 20-night vacation taking in numerous filming locations and iconic scenery.

Start your journey in the harbor city of Auckland before traveling south to 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.

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. Discover Tongariro and the stunning scenery that surrounds this very special part of the North Island. Make your way to Wellington and discover the Weta Workshop.

Travel by ferry across Marlborough Sounds and spend two nights in Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy a guided walk and kayak to appreciate the beauty of the region. Continue down the West Coast of the South Island, stopping at Hokitika and the Glaciers before spending two-nights at Franz Josef.

Continue to Queenstown where 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.

View the Church of Good Shepherd in Tekapo and take in the dazzling night sky at the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve - the perfect spot for stargazing.

Your final stop is Christchurch where you can explore the many filming locations found here. Travel around the city center by tram and enjoy a ride on the Gondola


  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Middle Earth Filming Locations Tour, Wellington
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour, Queenstown
  •  Franz Josef
  • Abel Tasman National Park


  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Christchurch
  • Auckland private arrival transfer from airport to hotel
  • One-night Auckland, Movenpick Auckland in a Deluxe King Ocean Room
    • Weta Workshop Unleashed experience
  • 19-days Group P Car Hire including unlimited mileage and GPS
  • One-night Matamata, Matamata Lodge including Continental Breakfast
    • Guided tour Hobbiton Movie Set including lunch
  • Two-nights Rotorua, Pullman Rotorua
    • Maori cultural experience including traditional hangi dinner
  • One-night Tongariro, Tongariro Crossing Lodge
    • Sunset guided walk, Tongariro
  • Two-nights Wellington, Bolton Hotel
    • Weta Workshop Experience
  • InterIslander ferry transfer from Wellington to Picton
  • Two-nights Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri Reserve Apartments
    • Full-day kayak and walk, Abel Tasman National Park
  • One-night Hokitika, Rimu Lodge including continental breakfast
    • Grand Traverse flight from Franz Josef
  • Two-nights West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat including breakfast and dinner
  • Two-nights Queenstown, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown by MGallery
    • Safari of Scenes guided tour
  • Two-nights Te Anau, Cinema Suites Te Anau
    • Milford Sound Nature Cruise including transfers from Te Anau
  • Two-nights Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
    • Summit Experience at Dark Sky Project
  • Two-nights Christchurch,The Mayfair
    • Tram and Gondola Combo
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security fee



Based on departures

Price per person from*

Based on double occupancy

May 1 - June 28, 2023 7999
June 29 - July 23, 2023 8389
July 24 - September 17, 2023 8199
September 18 - October 15, 2023 9389
October 16 - December 5, 2023 9059
December 6 - December 12, 2023 9399
December 13 - January 17, 2024 Call for Pricing & Availability
January 18 - February 14, 2024 9599


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Group Size

Independent Vacation


July 24 - September 17, 2023


From $8199 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. Advertised price is based on departures July 24 - September 17, 2023. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (2/19/2023) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Hotel rooms are subject to availability at time of booking. Packages must be booked and paid in full by May 31, 2023. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. NZETA Visa is required to travel to New Zealand. Visas are required to travel to Australia. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

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