Welcome to Middle-earth!
Mae govannen! (Elvish) Greetings!
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||Carter Observatory|
Accommodation Wellington - 3 nights (or somewhere similar)
Elven Cloak, Gardens of Isengard & the Movie Studios
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.
(Day 1 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
Wellington - Presentation Day
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.
(Day 2 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
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.
(Day 3 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
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.
(Day 4 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
Accommodation Marlborough - 1 night
Have We Found Gollum!?
An early start via the scenic central South Island. We stop for breakfast and lunch. If we have time we will stop on the Kaikoura coastal route for a look at a New Zealand Fur Seal colony. An opportunity this afternoon for wine tasting at the award winning Waipara Hills Winery, before we travel south to Christchurch. An early night tonight for a big day tomorrow. Buffet dinner included.
(Day 5 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
(Day 6 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
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?
(Day 7 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
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.
(Day 8 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights (or somewhere similar)
Orc Funeral Pyre, Fangorn Forest
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!
(Day 9 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)
Queenstown at leisure & Farewell Dinner
The last day of our “Fellowship”
Today you are free to pursue optional activities - you might like to . . . .
|Routeburn Day Walk||Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
The list ‘ goes ever on ‘......... Your Guide will discuss the many options available and assist with bookings.
(Day 10 of the Red Carpet Tours itinerary with the tour ending tomorrow morning)
Farewell Dinner: Tonight we ride the Skyline Gondola up for our Farewell Dinner at the Skyline Restaurant
Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner
Red Carpet's 10 day Lord of the Rings tour will take you from the capital Wellington to New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown. On the way you’ll discover captivating scenery, visit unique film locations, meet characters involved in the making of the films, and experience a whirlwind adventure through Middle-earth.
- Climb the magnificent Edoras.
- Wellywood: Sir Peter Jackson’s Studio, Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop and Weta Cave.
- Relax and enjoy a scenic cruise ( 3.5 hours ) between the North and South Islands.
- Meet the makers of the 'One Ring'.
- Opportunity for Wine tasting
- Pelennor Fields
- Beautiful Queenstown; Lord of the Rings, fun and adventure capital of New Zealand.
- Visit beautiful Rohan country
- Opportunity for Kayaking - Dwarves in Barrels
- Meet people involved with the LOTR & Hobbit Trilogies!
Included in the cost:
- Coach transport
- All guiding services
- Weta Workshop activity day
- Hotel Accommodation
- 9 full cooked Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
- Entry Fees to private LOTR / Hobbit sites
- Inter-Island Ferry ( 3.5 hour scenic cruise ) Wellington - Picton