Pegasus Travel Management

New Zealand - Lord of The Rings Experience

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Experience the Lord of the Rings filming locations that starred as Middle‑earth. The landscapes of Middle‑earth™ came alive after they were featured in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy from 2001-2003. Over 150 real New Zealand  locations were used from the rolling green hills of Matamata in the North Island; Hobbiton, to Queenstown’s snowy jagged mountain peaks; the Remarkables, featured as Dimrill Dale.

Day 1: Singapore – Christchurch (Meal on Board)

Check your overnight international flight to Christchurch.

Day 2: Christchurch

Make your own way from the airport to the hotel for check in.

Airport shuttle is available to accommodation at around NZD20.

The rest of the day is free at your own leisure to explore the vibrant city of Christchurch.

 

Overnight stay at The Classic Villa B&B near the city centre.

Day 3: Christchurch (Breakfast, Lunch)

Join the popular Lord of the Rings Journey to Edoras tour. Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday, this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the LOTR trilogy. This tour includes exciting 4WD adventure through several rivers, a champagne picnic lunch, informative and entertaining commentary from local Kiwi guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget!

 

Overnight stay at The Classic Villa B&B near the city centre.

Day 4: Christchurch – Wanaka (Breakfast)

Drive down the Inland Scenic Route.

Your journey will take you across the fertile, dry plains of Canterbury passing sheep and dairy farms on the way before starting a lazy climb into the arid interior of the island. It is in this semi desert environment that the Southern Alps of New Zealand rise from the alpine plateau and climb over 3000m (9000ft) - pretty much straight up, making them the steepest mountains in the world. It is amongst these multitudes of peaks that several of the snow shots were filmed for The Fellowship of the Ring.

Continue your drive south. One hour away is the Pelannor fields. Only a short drive from Twizel is the location for Gondor, the White Mountains and the Entwash, where 8 scenes from the Return of the King where filmed during 30 days of intensive filming in 2000. Here the largest battle scenes in Peter Jackson’s trilogy were filmed with up to

1500 people involved in the largest day of filming. This location is on private land and only Discovery Tours has daily access to this site by invitation from the land owners. Your knowledgeable and friendly guides will also give information about other fascinating facts about the area.

After your tour continue your drive south to the beautiful mountain lake resort of Wanaka. Here you will find Barliman’s - New Zealand’s only Hobbit style accommodation.

 

Minaret Lodge is a 5 star luxury lodge close to the lake set in 2 acres of parkland. Your hosts have converted one of their chalets into a fine Bree experience. After climbing out of your huge bed (maybe you’ll need a step ladder!), awaken your stomach with 1st breakfast before heading off to the main lodge for 2nd breakfast. Even get to taste Lembas bread for real!

 

Overnight stay at Barliamans Room at Minaret Lodge

Day 5: Wanaka (Breakfast)

Early breakfast in your room

Second breakfast in the lodge. Experience the braided and ever-changing Matukituki River. Fed by glaciers and surrounded by the peaks of Mount Aspiring

National Park, the Matukituki river is one of New Zealand’s most powerful and pristine jet boating rivers.

Wanaka River Journeys travel this fast flowing river through Lord of the Rings Hobbit locations, watched over by Avalanche Glacier and Tititea (Mount Aspiring). Along the way, your guide will share with you stories of the past, of how these ancient lands were carved by ice and of the first people to come here.

Depart from the lodge by shuttle and embark on the first leg of your trip, a 20 minute drive around the shores of Lake Wanaka to the Matukituki River.

The jet boat base is beneath the West Wanaka Bridge at the entrance to a spectacular gorge. Here you will meet your guide and board the jet boat for a safety briefing before beginning your River Journey. First you will head downstream to Lake Wanaka for spectacular views including Mou Tapu Island before re-entering the Matukituki River to jet boat upstream toward Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu, Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Shallow water jet boating at its best, your highly skilled driver will enable you to experience the exhilaration of speed in just centimeters of water and spinning turns in deep pools. During several photo stops you will learn of the early pioneers and hear stories of the natural forces that created this amazing landscape.

At the top of the River disembark the jet boat for a 40 min wilderness walk through native forest alongside a mountain stream to a waterfall.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. We suggest a visit to Puzzling World, visit their illusion room - feel the size of a hobbit! You could also visit the Fighter Pilots Museum whose curator is Ian Brodiie who wrote the Lord of the Rings Location guide books.

Overnight stay at Barliamans Room at Minaret Lodge

Day 6: Wanaka – Te Anau (Breakfast)

Further south still for another hours drive and Queenstown will spread beneath you as you descend from New Zealand highest alpine pass. Keep heading south and drive for two hours to Te Anau. In a quiet part of this lovely little lakeside town, you will find Von House B&B. Enjoy real southern hospitality while you visit Milford and/or Doubtful Sounds. The owner of this lovely establishment also worked on the LOTR filming and offers guiding services to seldom visited and beautiful LOTR locations in the area.

Overnight stay at Von House B&B

Day 7: Te Anau (Breakfast)

There’s an opportunity today to visit the majestic Doubtful or Milford Sounds at your own expense. (If you wish to visit both an extra night in Te Anau is recommended)

Overnight stay at Von House B&B

Day 8: Te Anau – Queenstown (Breakfast)

Your B&B host will accompany you to the Fangorn Forest and Nen Hithoel (Mavora Lakes). Continue by car to Queenstown and sample its adventurous nature, good food and wine.

 

Overnight stay at Queenstown House Boutique Hotel

Day 9: Queenstown (Breakfast, Lunch)

During the day we will whisk you away for a total Middle-earth experience.

As one of the first LOTR companies in New Zealand, we have amassed a wonderful selection of locations, site and scenes to bring the fantasy movies to life. No other tour can offer you what you will find on this tour.

Some tour highlights: -

Some of the finest scenery in the world NZ$15,000 worth of weapons and costume items for you to handle and photograph.

A marvellous lunch served in a restaurant with views over the stunning Remarkable mountain range that featured heavily in the trilogy.

View and handle some “top secret” items from the making of the movies.

Entertaining and knowledgeable guides who have a passion for the books and movies and can dis- cuss as much detail as you like.

Traveling in small groups for a personal and interactive experience.

A full commentary on the areas travelled through as well as all the LOTR and Hobbit gossip and stories you want to hear.

Take that one small step on a great adventure and let your fantasies take flight as you experience the reality of Middle-earth right here in Godzone - God’s own.

 

Overnight stay at Queenstown House Boutique Hotel

Day 10: Queenstown – Auckland (Breakfast)

This morning,  we take the Glenorchy Tour. A half day 4WD tour up into the spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park, an area of great natural beauty. Amongst these towering peaks and bush clad slopes lie several locations from the LOTR trilogy and also Narnia in the Spring. Your guides love this area and can tell you about its history and involvement in the film industry.

You can fly out of Queenstown to Auckland. Make your own airport transport.

Overnight stay at Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 11: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua (Breakfast)

Depart Auckland and travel south through lush Waikato farmland to the small town of Waitomo. This morning explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a magical underground boat ride and see the magical glowworms. Waitomo Caves are known for their world famous limestone formations including 'The Cathedral' - an underground cavern complete with concert hall acoustics.

Arrive in Rotorua with free time for a quick look around and then board an Amphibious Vehicle Tour for your journey into the lakes of Rotorua. This evening you will experience the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua at a traditional Maori hangi & concert. Watch an amazing Maori cultural performance with storytelling, interaction and traditional feasting and relive significant portions of New Zealand's pre-European history and real events! 

** Overnight at Rotorua hotel **

Day 12: Rotorua – Te Puia – Hobbiton – Auckland (Breakfast)

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna including the New Zealand kiwi. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and dog trials at the Agrodome.

Following the show you will transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set tour and enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where the scenes from the famous movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. You return to Auckland early evening where your tour ends.

Overnight stay at Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 13: Auckland (Breakfast)

Free day on your own to explore the exciting city of Auckland.

Make your own way to the airport in the evening.

Day 14: Auckland – Singapore (Breakfast)

Catch your overnight flight back to Singapore.

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