New Zealand Lord of the Rings South Island Tour

Welcome to Middle-earth! Many people have dreamed about Middle Earth, and these Lord of the Rings tours can take you into the dream and it will become reality. Walk in the footsteps of Frodo and Sam from the lush green Shirelands into forests, across rivers and even to the twisted lava and ash fields of the Black Land itself.

Climb Magnificent Edoras, Breathtaking Mordor, Weta Workshop. Scenic Cruise, Fur Seals, Visit beautiful Rohan country, Kayaking Dwarves Barrel Run. Meet the People in the LOTR & Hobbit Trilogies!

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Welcome to Wellington New Zealand!

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand

Check in at the Amora Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington at any time from 2 p.m. onwards. and enjoy some free time in the city until the group meets together in the hotel lobby at 6-30 p.m. We gather informally this evening to meet each other and have a meal together at "The Green Parrot Restaurant" – said to be a favourite of Viggo’s.

Suggested outings around Wellington if you have time.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
Carter Observatory 

Accommodation Wellington - 3 nights


This morning is packed with visits to exciting film locations. We journey to the sites of Helms Deep, Minas Tirith and the stunning Gardens of Isengard. If the weather is good, we visit the location where Galadriel waved goodbye to the fellowship. This is also the place where Smeagol strangled Deago. On our way back to the city we stop for a relaxed lunch at Kaitoke Gardens before driving past Peter Jackson’s movie studios and on to Weta Workshop’s ‘Weta Cave’ – a fascinating insight into behind the scenes movie making. There is time to buy souvenirs, view a short DVD and, dependent on availability, an exciting optional extra. You may have the chance to visit the Weta Workshop Boardroom to view their display of figurines, their five Oscars and meet a Lord of the Rings artist. On the short drive back to our hotel we visit the site where the hobbits hid under the tree root in the ‘get off the road’ scene. Dining options tonight include Strawberry Fare, near the Embassy theatre, where two exciting Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie premieres have been held.

Meals: Breakfast


Presentation day with LOTR / Hobbit Calligrapher Daniel Reeve and special Hobbit guest Mark Atkin - Thorin's scale double. Later today we check out the "Get off the road!" location from FOTR, overlooking the city.The afternoon is yours to explore Te Papa Museum / see a movie at the special Embassy Theatre / or visit other Wellington places of interest.

Meals: Breakfast

Interisland Cruise | NELSON

Our North Island Adventure concludes and our South Island Adventure begins! We catch the InterIsland Ferry from Wellington, sail (under 4 hrs) to Picton in the South Island and head across to Nelson City. We will stop at Pelorous River, where the Dwarfs escaped from the Elves, in barrels! This is one of New Zealand's most beautiful rivers and here you have the opportunity for an easygoing, but very scenic, Kayaking Adventure down the river.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nelson - 1 night

maker of the "One Ring"

This morning, weather permitting, there is an ‘optional extra‘ helicopter ride to the LOTR sites of ‘South of Rivendell‘, ‘Dimrill Dale‘ and a new Hobbit film site – more than highly recommended! Later, we stop for lunch with the opportunity to taste Middle Earth wines and cheeses before heading back to Nelson City. Whilst in Nelson you will meet and chat with the makers of the "One Ring", and meet Jens Hansen's son, Halfdan Hansen to view further LOTR Hobbit jewellery.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Marlborough - 1 night

Kaikoura Fur Seals - Have we found Gollum!?

This morning as we leave Nelson, we stop at "The Store" which is a beautiful seaside cafe for our 2nd breakfast. There is time for photographs of the Fur Seals basking and playing along the rocky shoreline before driving further south to the seaside village of Kaikoura for our lunch. After lunch we carry on to Christchurch or possibly Ashburton for an early night before our big day tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

EDORAS and Mt Cook

It’s time to head for the site (remote magnificence) that is EDORAS! We trek to the top and fly our Rohan Banner on the site of the Golden Hall! Later we’ll view beautiful, mountain fed lakes – Tekapo and Pukaki and see New Zealand’s highest Mountain – Mt. Cook, over 12,000 ft high.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Twizel - 1 night

THE GREAT CHASE - Pelennor Fields

We depart at around 9-00a.m. for the Pelennor Fields ~ an area that once rang to the thunderous sound of 250 horses on the charge, as King Theoden’s battle speech roused men to battle. Moving on, we check out the site of The Great Chase and then head to scenic Lake Wanaka for lunch. After lunch we make time to try your archery skills - perhaps we have a budding Legolas or Tauriel amongst us?

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Cromwell - 1 night


We head out through Alexandra this morning to amazing Rohan country, where the Rohan village was burned and we walk through the canyon where the leaf brooch was dropped and 2 other sites. (Dwarves are "dangerous over short distances" here, or so Gimli tells us!) Lunch in Alexandra and then a very scenic drive to Queenstown, where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore this beautiful town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights


This morning we visit Arrowtown ~ a charming old settlement, historically significant in the gold rush days of the 1860s. It’s also the location where Isildur was attacked by Orcs at Gladden Fields. Buy a picnic lunch today to take to Mavora Lakes, where we visit 5 LOTR sites

  • The Silverlode bridge
  • The Orc funeral pyre
  • Fangorn Forest
  • The log which concealed Merry & Pippin before Frodo left the fellowship,
  • And where Sam and Frodo paddled away on the next stage of their journey. Stunning scenery!

We arrive back in Queenstown by mid-afternoon. Enjoy more free time in this picturesque paradise!

Meals: Breakfast


The last day of our “Fellowship”

Today you are free to pursue optional activities - you might like to . . . .

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail

The list ‘ goes ever on ‘......... Your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings. 

Farewell Dinner: Tonight we ride the Skyline Gondola up for our Farewell Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant 

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner