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Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

This 14 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Queenstown.


Explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. See Hobbiton Village. Drive through the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday, also known as Edoras. Driving through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies. And in Queenstown you’ll experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.  


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Matamata

Hairy Feet Hobbit Scenic Film Location Tour, Tongariro

LOTR Film Locations Tour, Wellington

Weta Cave Workshop Tour, Wellington

Hobbit Barrel Run Kayak Trip, Marlborough

Lord of the Rings Edoras full day tour, Christchurch

Dart River Wilderness Safari, Glenorchy

Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin tour, Queenstown


Itinerary summary for: Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland City, transfer to your accommodation then spend the rest of the day at your leisure
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Collect your rental car then explore Auckland and its surrounding suburbs
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Matamata - take a tour of Hobbiton before continuing on to Waitomo
Accommodation: Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge

Day 4: Continue south, stopping at Piopio for a tour of several Hobbit film locations
Accommodation: Skotel Alpine Resort

Day 5: Today drive from Tongariro to Wellington before spending the afternoon visiting the Weta Cave
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 6: This morning explore Wellington's Lord of the Rings locations then take the afternoon to enjoy the city sights
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 7: Take the Interislander ferry to Picton, then kayak the Pelorus River where the Hobbit Barrel Run scene was shot
Accommodation: Harbour View Motel

Day 8: Drive from Picton to Christchurch today
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments

Day 9: Explore the Canterbury High Country on a full day Lord of the Rings Edoras tour
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments

Day 10: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 11: Journey to ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown, perhaps take a scenic flight to Middle-earth filming locations
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 12: This morning enjoy a Nomad ‘Safari of the Scenes’ four wheel drive tour, then the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 13: Take a day tour to Paradise, located Mt Aspiring National Park, home to Beorn's house
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 14: Depart Queenstown today