LoTR's South Island Itinerary


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     

 Wellington Cable Car    

Carter Observatory 

Accommodation Wellington - 3 nights (or somewhere similar)


Amora Hotel Wellington is a superbly located 4.5 star hotel in the heart of Wellington. Facing Wellington’s waterfront, with magnificent views of Wellington’s CBD and harbour and easy access to Lambton Quay, Te Papa and the Cable Car, Wellington’s best attractions are right on the door step. 

Amora Hotel - Wellington


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)

Meals: Breakfast


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)

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.

(Day 3 by Red Carpet Tours itinerary)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nelson - 1 night


Welcome to Trailways Hotel, one of Nelson’s most stylish and contemporary venues. Centrally located within a few minutes walk of Nelson’s central shopping precinct, theaters, cultural and sporting attractions, restaurants and cafés and close to the scenic waterfront.

Trailways Hotel - Nelson



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)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Marlborough - 1 night

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a Qualmark-rated 4.5-star modern and stylish property located in the heart of Marlborough Wine Country and is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Blenheim. It is friendly and has a relaxed atmosphere here. Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a contemporary and stylish property located in the heart of sunny Marlborough. The result of a multi-million dollar upgrade, Scenic Hotel Marlborough offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service.
scenic Hotel Marlborough


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

Located just two minutes from Christchurch International Airport this hotel offers the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool or relax with your favourite drink in the Lobby Bar.All rooms offer en suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial phone, high speed internet access, Flat screen TV, including Sky TV and CNN, safety deposit boxes, refrigerator, 24 hour reception and room service.

Sudima Hotel Christchurch


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)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Twizel - 1 night

The MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel, is located very in the heart of the historic MacKenzie Basin. The hotel offers 108 spacious guestrooms including 80 standard rooms and 28 deluxe rooms; all offer shower over bath ensuites with surrounding views of the spectacular Ben Ohau Ranges and Mount Cook. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant or bar by choosing from the hearty menus revealing local cuisine accompanied by a range of New Zealand wines.
MacKenzie Country Hotel


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)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Cromwell - 1 night

The Golden Gate Lodge, offers you a outstanding mountain and rural view. The excellent onsite facilities include, estaurant, cafe, public bar, pizzeria, gymnasium. The surrounding district  is ideal for skiing holidays, four wheel driving, self-drive touring, mountain-biking, cycling, walking, river activities, gold mining heritage and scenic diversity.

Golden Gate



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)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights (or somewhere similar)

Sitting on the crystal-clear shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Gardens is centrally located - only a five-minute walk to town on level ground - home to prime restaurants and boutique shopping. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with views from private balconies over manicured landscapes, with the property being adjacent to the beautiful Queenstown Gardens.

Novotel Queenstown


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)

Meals: Breakfast


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

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
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. 

(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


Tour Overview

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.

Tour Highlights

  • 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
  • Laketown
  • 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

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Any LOTR's fan can see by this itinerary that it's one not to be missed. There are so many highlights as you pass through multiple South Island film locations. Your 11 day journey into Middle Earth allows you to follow Frodo and Sam's footsteps. Great fun!
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