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8 day, Lord of the Rings tour 

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This tour is full of exciting activities, beautiful scenery and  incredible places you’ll visit. White sanded beaches, Hobbiton, volcanoes up close, geothermal wonders, rain-forests, vibrant cities, fur seals on the beach… the amazing diversity on New Zealand!  

Themed around Lord of the Rings movies.

1945 USD per person for 6 + people
2545 USD per person for 4-5 people
3885 USD per person for 2-3 people

Full professional tour photography. You not only enjoy all the benefits of a private tour across the country but you get your best travel photos ever on this holiday!

 

Vehicles for 6 people Toyota Hiace SBV Luxury 7 seater (Luggage limit 6 suitcases, 3 handbags)

+ USD 300 Chrysler Grand Voyager Limited; Luxury 7 seater (Luggage limit 6 suitcases, 3 handbags)

Vehicles for 4 or less people Toyota Camry 2,7 (Luggage limit 3 suitcases, 3 handbags)

+ USD 300 Mercedes Benz S Class 320 V6 (Luggage limit 3 suitcases, 3 handbags)

 

Tour Operator located in New Zealand.

Tour start in Auckland and finish in Wellington  Dates are personalised for each tour!

Itinerary:

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Day 1. Auckland

Breathtaking scenery, sparkling harbours.  Sightseeing tour!.. Climb a volcano, discover your favorite Auckland beach, shopping on Queen Street, dining out, visit one of the plenty bars and restaurants –  It’s all here for you… Auckland has more restaurants per capita than Manhattan, New York.

Optional Activities:

NZD 27 per person Sky Tower Travel up in glass fronted lifts to the spectacular viewing platforms of Sky Tower. At 328 metres (1076 ft), Sky Tower the tallest tower in New Zealand with breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

NZD 15 per person Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tamaki. Feel inspired and creative at the Auckland Art Gallery.

NZD 45 per person Auckland Museum is regarded as one of the finest museums in the Southern Hemisphere and is renowned for its unique collection of Maori and Pacific treasures. It is also a war memorial for the Auckland province.

Enjoy a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture including the world famous haka. Your Māori cultural performance includes the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos with our friendly performers

 

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price. Beach house at Mangawhai Heads beach very comfortable house. The beautiful beach is just walking distance!

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. Located opposite the Parnell Rose Gardens (4 star), Auckland Rose Park Hotel provides hotel-style accommodation, just 5 minutes’ drive from Auckland city centre. Overlooking the Auckland City skyline and Parnell village centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. 

Accommodation: 5 Star + NZD 105 per person. SKYCITY Grand Hotel 5 star, King Room. In the heart of Auckland city with world class services, bars, restaurants, casino, etc.

 

The beautiful North... , New Zealand

The beautiful North… , New Zealand

 

Day 2. Discover North!

Puhoi Bohemian Village. This small community gives visitors a taste of village life in rural New Zealand. Puhio retains much of it’s Bohemian atmosphere and culture from the 1860’s. At Puhoi Valley we lovingly turn ritch, flavoursome, delicious New Zealand milk into some of the finest quality cheese and yoghurts in the world. Cheese tasting at the famous Puhoi Chees Factory and try one of the best icecreams in the country!

Visit the world famous Honey Centre – located in the open country near Warkworth. Visitors enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of honey based offerings which include honey tasting, skincare products, kids toys, giftware, and an up-close view of a working hive in New Zealand’s largest live display of bees!

Kauri Park and Museum. Wonder on the 800 years old magnificent Kauri tree and take the 20 minutes easy walk through the native bush of Parry Kauri Park. Enjoy the entertaining commentatory by our guides of the native plans and animals.

 

Optional Activities:

NZD 20 per person Mangawhai scenic walk. Mangawhai Heads beach. This is an excellent beach and cliff-top walkway (1.5 – 2 hours) through farmland and bush areas. The high quality grading of the track has made it probably the most stunning walk in the area!. You will enjoy outstanding views of Bream Head, the hen and Chicken Islands, and all the way down to the Hauraki Gulf including the Mokohinau Islands and Great/Little Barrier. Gaps in the tree line reveal yet more views that are stunning. It pays to keep looking around as you progress along the track. One of the more interesting features is a natural formation called ‘the giant staircase’, a natural amphitheatre just below the track carved from the hillside. The views are tremendous, the exercise is healthy, and the shell collecting on the way back to the carpark is a bonus!

NZD 20 per person Visit Bennetts chocolate factory and cafe! The finest and yummiest treat… Complementary coffee or hot drink and a jammy bite of the handmade chocolate!

NZD 25 per person Dinner at The Smashed Pipi Café. We endeavour to offer you the best pizza in the region. Made in in our genuine wood-fired oven. By using a mixture of local hard woods for fuel we are able to achieve a unique but subtle flavour that enhances rather than overwhelms each ingredient’s natural taste. A pizza and a beer included.

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price. Beach house at Mangawhai Heads beach very comfortable house. The beautiful beach is just walking distance!

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. Located opposite the Parnell Rose Gardens (4 star), Auckland Rose Park Hotel provides hotel-style accommodation, just 5 minutes’ drive from Auckland city centre. Overlooking the Auckland City skyline and Parnell village centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. 

Accommodation: 5 Star + NZD 105 per person. SKYCITY Grand Hotel 5 star, King Room. In the heart of Auckland city with world class services, bars, restaurants, casino, etc.

 

Coromandel, New Zealand

Coromandel, New Zealand

Day 3. Coromandel

Take a plunge of the pristine beaches and experience Hot Water Beach where you can dig up your own personal spa pool in the sand and lay back with the water fills up and the steam warms the pool.

Cathedral Cove Walk: There are several scenic tracks adjacent to the reserve, including the Cathedral Cove track, which gives access to Gemstone Bay, Mares Leg and Cathedral Cove. This reserve boasts some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery. Offers snorkeling opportunity in marine reserve and beautiful sandy beaches. Cathedral Cove is one of the filming locations of Narnia movie.

 

Optional Activity:

NZD 75 per person, Magical Scenery CruiseExplore this volcanic coastline with its many caves, blowholes and golden beaches.Embarking from Whitianga wharf, journey below the towering Shakespeare’s cliffs and past the historic Cooks Beach.
Visit Cathedral Cove and the islands in the Marine Reserve, then explore the spectacular volcanic coastline with its huge sea caves & blowholes.We exclusively offer the opportunity to swim with the fish in the Marine Reserve with our on board snorkel gear.
Not into getting wet? That’s fine as we also have a built in 32″ LCD screen with an underwater camera for you to view from the comfort of the boat.

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price. BASE Rotorua, Hot Rock, Double/Twin Ensuite: A hotel style room with full linen, tea/coffee making amenities and ensuite bathroom, TV in room, Global Gossip High speed wireless internet access, Lava Bar- open 7 nights with great specials every night

 

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. Mercure Rotorua (4 star) features an outdoor heated swimming pool and a separate spa pool. Mercure Hotel Rotorua. This hotel is perfectly situated next to mystical Lake Rotorua (10-minute walk from Lake Rotorua) and the Polynesian Spa and offers rooms with views over Lake Rotorua, the city or the hotel’s garden courtyard.

 

Accommodation: 5 Star + NZD 105 per person. Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua 5 star, Luxurious Estate Room 

Hobbiton, Hobbit Hole, New Zealand

Hobbiton, Hobbit Hole, New Zealand

Day 4. Hobbiton

Not far from Rotorua, situated on the most picturesque private farmland, is the original film set for the LOTR trilogy and now again The Hobbit. It’s easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire. On this tour the Rings Scenic Tours’ guides will fill you in on all the main points of the production including the history of how the site was chosen, and if you’ve seen the movies as often as this chap has then it really does bring the tour to life. Feel free to dress up and be part of the Hobbiton! This day is really an Unforgettable Journie

Optional extras in Hobbiton: 

1. NZD 155 per person Private tour with “Hobbit feast” lunch in the Green Dragon.

Exclusive Tours of the Alexander Farm and Hobbiton Movie Set with privet guide (I’ll request the best guide as I know them…) for only for the family. Hobbit feast (!) after tour in Green Dragon! And more time for get the best pictures ever of all of you as I’m coming with you and take care of the memories for a lifetime…

2. NZD 165 per person Magical Dusk tour with smoke and lights. The same private tour with “Hobbit feast” dinner in the Green Dragon

 

Optional free activity in Rotorua: have a beautiful walk in Whakarewarewa Forest. Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods. The upper canopy of the towering Californian Redwoods, Larch and other species of trees provide shelter and shade to a kaleidoscope of ferns, shrubs, flowers and fungi. The mostly native plants not only add to the scenic value of your forest experience but are also and integral part of the forest eco-system.

 

+ Secret place!… At night plunge into the natural hot springs in the Manuka bush where a cold and a hot river flows together… you choose your water  temperature as you move around!… Fun-fun-fun!

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price. BASE Rotorua, Hot Rock, Double/Twin Ensuite: A hotel style room with full linen, tea/coffee making amenities and ensuite bathroom, TV in room, Global Gossip High speed wireless internet access, Lava Bar- open 7 nights with great specials every night

 

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. Mercure Rotorua (4 star) features an outdoor heated swimming pool and a separate spa pool. Mercure Hotel Rotorua. This hotel is perfectly situated next to mystical Lake Rotorua (10-minute walk from Lake Rotorua) and the Polynesian Spa and offers rooms with views over Lake Rotorua, the city or the hotel’s garden courtyard.

 

Accommodation: 5 Star + NZD 105 per person. Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua 5 star, Luxurious Estate Room 

Rotorua, Champaign pool, New Zealand

Rotorua, Champaign pool, New Zealand

Day 5 Rotorua

the place of skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without stopping here.This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. World class attractions offering geothermal wonders, and uniquely New Zealand Maori cultural experiences.

Sightseeing, Rotorua Lakefront  and Visit Wai O’Tapu thermal wonderland, New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal experience! (The World Famous Champagne pool, etc).

 

Optional Activities:

NZD 75 Maori experience: join a guided tour through Whakarewarewa Thermal Village and see how the Geothermal Activity is utilised for everyday use and hear the history of the unique village. Enjoy a Corn on the Cob cooked in the mineral pool, Parekohuru, served with butter, salt and pepper. Explore the Village and Walking tracks at your own leisure. Complimentary Maori “Hangi” lunch included!

 

NZD 95 per person KAITUNA WHITE WATER RAFTING (This is my highest rated activity by all my clients! Safe and so much fun!)

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – 7m Tutea Falls. Pass through steep, bush clay canyons and over 13 awesome drops.
Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all, for both rafting enthusiasts and first time users. With the best gear and guides coupled with our amazing river experiences ….. It’s a must.
A unique mix of history, culture, and adrenaline overload.

 

Scenic drive to the highest peaks of North Island: Mt Ruapehu to your accommodation at National Park.

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price.The Park Travellers’ Lodge

Private Double Ensuite, Large courtyard with barbeque area and heated spa pool, Relax with a drink in the new Spiral Bar & Lounge, Satisfy your hunger with contemporary cuisine from the Spiral Kitchen – dinner and breakfast (weekends) available, Large lounge area with open fireplaces and large screen television with Sky and DVD Player, Fully equipped kitchen for self catering, wireless internet. Stunning mountain views

 

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. The highest hotel in New Zealand, Skotel Alpine Resort  is situated in the heart of Tongariro National Park. Offers restaurant, hot tub and a terrace bar with stunning views of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe and  a  fireplace. Most rooms boasts stunning mountain or region views. 

 

Accommodation: +4 Star + NZD 85 per person. Chateau Tongariro Hotel The historical Bayview Chateau impresses with its grand architecture and interiors, its location in the Tongariro National Park and facilities, which include a 9-hole golf course and a cinema. 

Bayview Chateau Tongariro features a games room with billiards, sauna, indoor plunge pool and a fitness centre. The in-house cinema shows a range of films daily.

The Bayview Chateau offers 2 restaurants and a bar. Room service is also available.

Tongariro Crossing, Emerald Lakes, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing, Emerald Lakes, New Zealand

Day 6. Tongariro National Park 

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes – Tongariro has them all. Thanks to a geologically turbulent past, the area provided The Lord of the Rings crew with the perfect raw materials to create vivid scenes of Mordor, Emyn Muil, Mount Doom and the Plains of Gorgoroth.

Mount Doom, Orodruin or Amon Amarth (Mount Ngauruhoe) was a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged in Sammath Naur, the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm within the mountain. It was the ultimate destination for Frodo’s quest of the ring.
The park also offers many hiking options from shorter walks to waterfalls and fascinating volcanic features

Options for the highly recommended day walk* or short walks, relaxing day in the village, shopping or relax in the hot tub…

 

Optional activities:

NZD 45 per person *The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as ‘the best one day trek in New Zealand’ and listed as one of the ‘top 10 day treks in the world’. In route Emyn Muil, Mordor and Plains of Gorgoroth.

 

NZD 115 White water rafting. This half-day Tongariro River journey is one of the best rafting adventures in New Zealand. The rapids are Grade Three, which makes this an ideal adventure for expert or first-time rafters alike.

In 2 1/2 hours you navigate over 60 roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. A large part the top section of this trip can only be accessed by raft or kayak so you’ll see plenty of spectacular unspoilt wilderness.

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price.The Park Travellers’ Lodge

Private Double Ensuite, Large courtyard with barbeque area and heated spa pool, Relax with a drink in the new Spiral Bar & Lounge, Satisfy your hunger with contemporary cuisine from the Spiral Kitchen – dinner and breakfast (weekends) available, Large lounge area with open fireplaces and large screen television with Sky and DVD Player, Fully equipped kitchen for self catering, wireless internet. Stunning mountain views

 

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. The highest hotel in New Zealand, Skotel Alpine Resort  is situated in the heart of Tongariro National Park. Offers restaurant, hot tub and a terrace bar with stunning views of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe and  a  fireplace. Most rooms boasts stunning mountain or region views. 

 

Accommodation: +4 Star + NZD 85 per person. Chateau Tongariro Hotel The historical Bayview Chateau impresses with its grand architecture and interiors, its location in the Tongariro National Park and facilities, which include a 9-hole golf course and a cinema. 

Bayview Chateau Tongariro features a games room with billiards, sauna, indoor plunge pool and a fitness centre. The in-house cinema shows a range of films daily.

The Bayview Chateau offers 2 restaurants and a bar. Room service is also available.

 

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Day 7 Wellington

Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst the good stuff. Besides being New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is also known as the cultural capital of New Zealand.

Visit Weta Cave in Miramar, Wellington. (Lord of the Rings studio) The Weta Cave screens a first-ever behind-the scenes look at Weta and interviews with Weta co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk. We give you exclusive insight into the creativity and imagination that goes into crafting the art of Weta. Join our hosts for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop with a guided tour within our newly opened exhibition space.

Free activities:

The most accessible filming location in Wellington is Mount Victoria, which is within walking distance of the central city. The forested areas of the mountain were used to depict Hobbiton Woods, where the hobbits hid from the black riders.

On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

 

Cuba Street. Wellington’s famous inner city slice of bohemia, Cuba Street, is a place with culinary and creative soul. It’s where people meet, busk, shop, dine and the best place in town to soak up the capital of cool’s culture. Cuba Street is a creative and culinary melting pot of buskers, art galleries, graffiti-filled alleyways, quirky cafes, nationally acclaimed restaurants and community exhibition spaces. One of the capital’s icons, Cuba Street is a meeting of minds, menus and market culture enjoyed by everyone from young to old, hipsters to suits, locals to visitors. Tucked down a quiet corridor at number 106, Matterhorn is Cuba Street’s most famous and most awarded bar. It also has a Cuisine Restaurant of the Year string to its culinary bow.

 

Optional Activities:

NZD 7 Wellington Cable Car. A favourite of locals and visitors alike, the cable car allows easy access from its terminal on Lambton Quay in the CBD to the top entrance of the Botanic Garden and the Kelburn lookout. Three intermediate stops allow for easy access to local residential and business addresses and at Salamanca access to the Kelburn campus of Victoria University.

The terminus at Kelburn is adjacent to the Cable Car Museum (free) which houses two of the original cable cars. A level two minute walk in the gardens takes you to the Carter Observatory and Planetarium and a free shuttle operates regularly from outside the cable car museum to Zealandia. The Kelburn Village is only five minutes walk away and the Botanic Garden has a number of interesting downhill walks which take you back to the city centre in 40 minutes

NZD 18 per person Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience Set around a picturesque reservoir, Zealandia is home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife – all thriving wild in a world-first protected sanctuary valley. Venture into The Sanctuary Valley to wander a selection of outdoor walks that take you through beautiful native bush. Keep an eye out for species such as kākā (the playful forest parrot), tuatara (a relic from the time of the dinosaurs), takahē (only around 250 left today), saddleback, hihi, geckos and many more.

 

 

Accommodation: 3 Star – included in price. The Cambridge Hotel

The boutique experience has amazed guests with its luxury feel. Warm duvets are provided with every comfortable bunk bed, and both gas and electric heating keep the worst of the winter at bay. Steaming hot showers soothe the spirit in a fully tiled bathroom that has become a talking point for its opulence. Superior Double (Private bathroom)

 

Accommodation: 4 Star + NZD 45 per person. Abel Tasman Hotel is ideally located between The Terrace, Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place, in the centre of Wellington’s business and entertainment district. Few minutes walk to Te Papa Museum and Wellington waterfront.

Fur seal, New Zealand

Fur seal, New Zealand

Day 8. Kaitoke Regional Park and Cape palliser 

On the way on our jurney today will visit the Hutt River between Moonshine and Totara Park, which played the part of the River Anduin; and Harcourt Park, which was transformed into the Gardens of Isengard.

Visit Kaitoke Regional Park including short walks through natural areas and lunch at “Rivendell”. Pristine rainforest and crystal clear rivers create the magical elvish tranquility of this Lord of the Rings filming location for Rivendell and the Fords of Isen in the The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The whole area is distinctly elvish, with light filtering through ancient trees and clear babbling brooks. You’ll soon feel the magical tranquillity that surrounded the house of Elrond.

The road to Cape Palliser is dramatically scenic. This area of New Zealand has a rich history of early Maori occupation and heritage sites are part of the fascinating landscape. For the final part of the journey, the road clings to the edge of the coast, providing unstoppable views of Palliser Bay.

See the New Zealand fur seals up close right on the beach at Cape Pallise lighthouse! The fur seal colony at the cape is the North Island’s largest. New Zealand fur seals have pointy noses, long whiskers, visible external ears and bodies covered with two layers of fur.

Scenic travel back to Wellington.

 

Optional Activity:

NZD 135 Ultimate movie tour! This tour give you the ultimate movie experience.

Head north through the Hutt Valley to beautiful parks and rivers where many famous The Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed.

Enjoy seeing the sights around the bays of Wellington, more filming locations and where the production studios are.

You’ll visit up to 25 famous scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies including:

Helms Deep

Minas Tirith

Gardens of Isengard

Hinged Trees of Isengard

Aragorn Washed Ashore

Departure of Boromir

Rivendell

Orc Chant

Frodo Tree

Shortcut to Mushrooms

Get off the Road

Race to the Ferry

To help you visualise the scenes, you will be played exclusive movie clips on location.

Your guide will also share behind-the-scenes stories and explain how many of these difficult filming shots were achieved.

Props are provided so you can take a picture at the ‘Legolas Tree’ to show all of your friends back home.

At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll enjoy lunch at Rivendell in the beautiful Kaitoke Regional Park.

Walk through the Hobbiton Woods and see the ‘Frodo Tree’, ‘Shortcut to the Mushrooms’, ‘Get off the Road’ and ‘Race to the Ferry’ scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

A one hour visit to the Weta Cave allows you to see many props and miniatures from the films and have the chance to watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Weta Workshop.

Enjoy lunch at Rivendell in the beautiful Kaitoke Regional Park.

Tour departs at 10.00am and returns by 6.30pm.

 

 

 

 

8 day Hobbiton Tour Package Includes:

Full professional tour photography plus an additional 200 pictures of all of the highlights of New Zealand!

Host/Guide/Driver/Professional photographer

7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels as shown in itinerary (If there is no availability of the offered accommodation we will supply same or better quality accommodation for the same price.)

Single Travelers: If  travelling alone on a group tour you have the choice of paying the normal rate and then we link you up with another single traveler (of the same sex), or pay the single supplement to guarantee yourself a single room. Please ask the single room at the time of booking.

Breakfast

Transport/fuel/parking

Vehicle as shown in itinerary (If there is no availability of the offered vehicle we will supply same or better quality vehicle for the same price.)

 

All airport transfers

 

Package Excludes:

Lunch, dinner and beverages

Any activities not in itinerary

Minibar expenses

Special or private transfers

Airline tickets

Personal items

Telephone calls

 

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