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 farm-stay 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 Auckland, M Social including breakfastly
  • One night Matamata Rural farmstay including dinner and breakfast
  • Two nights Rotorua, Millennium Rotorua
  • Two nights Wellington, Copthorne Oriental Bay
  • Two nights Christchurch, Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
  • Three nights Queenstown, Kamana Lakehouse, including breakfast
  • 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
  • Five day rental car Auckland to Wellington
  • Departure transfer in Queenstown
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11th Security Fee
Based on departures: Price per person from*
Based on Double Occupancy
February 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021 5339


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Group Size

Independent Vacation


February 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021


From $5339 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 valid for departures February 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021, and is valid for weekday departure (Mon - Thu). Weekend travel incurs a $55 surcharge per Transpacific Flight. Package can be tailored to suit individual requirements. Black-out dates apply. Prices are current at time of posting (6/2/2020) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. All pricing is strictly subject to availability at time of booking. Bookings must be made by August 31, 2020, but must be ticketed within 72 hours of booking. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to availability and change without notice. Please call for our current prices. NZETA Visa is required to travel to New Zealand. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

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