A Journey to Middle-earth

19 days,

20 nights |

from $7499 per person*

TOUR CODE: AJOURNEY

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. 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. 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 the amazing Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki. Join naturalist guides to explore ancient rainforest, kayak lakes and rivers, walk wild beaches, see penguins & other wildlife.

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 be sure to 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. 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.

  • 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, The Grand by SkyCity
  • 19-days Group C Car Hire including unlimited mileage and GPS
  • One-night Matamata, rural farm stay including breakfast and dinner
  • Guided tour Hobbiton Movie Set
  • 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
  • There and Back Again with ‘Thunderbirds are Go’ at the Weta Workshop
  • 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, Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki including select activities, lunch and dinner
  • Two-nights Queenstown, Hilton Queenstown
  • Safari of Scenes guided tour
  • Two-nights Te Anau, Cinema Suites Te Anau
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Two-nights Tekapo, Lake Tekapo Lodge
  • Two-nights Christchurch, Sudima Christchurch City Victoria Street
  • Full-day Lord of the Rings Edora tour
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security fee

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

August 31, 2022

Valid for travel between:

October 16 – December 5, 2022

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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