Arrive in Auckland and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day relaxing and wondering the “City of Sails” and unwind from your flight
DAY 2: AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – HOBBITON – ROTORUA
Travel south to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms. Enjoy lunch onboard the coach before driving to the farm where the Hobbiton movie set takes you into Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree. Then head south to Rotorua where you will stay this evening.
Stay 1 night in Rotorua.
DAY 3: ROTORUA – CHRISTCHURCH
Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle. Then head out to the airport for your flight to the South Island.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
DAY 4: EDORAS
Journey to the LOTR filming locations including remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Champagne picnic included.
DAY 5: CHRISTCHURCH – MOUNT COOK – QUEENSTOWN
Depart Christchurch and travel to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and view the spectacular Misty Mountains. Continue to New Zealand’s tallest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Then travel south through the tawny tussocks of the Mackenzie Country to world famous Queenstown.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
DAY 6: TRAILS OF MIDDLE EARTH – FULL DAY TOUR
Embark on the “Trails of Middle Earth” full day’s guided Middle-earth experience, visiting over 20 locations, sights and scenes. View and handle some “top secret” items from the making of the movies and hear all the gossip and stories from the set. Lunch included.
DAY 7: SAFARI OF THE SCENES – HALF DAY TOUR
Travel by 4WD vehicle on Nomad’s “Safari of the Scenes” tour to the Ford of Bruinen, Misty Mountains, Pillars of the Kings and Road to Mordor. This afternoon you’re free to explore on your own or you can add on a tour including Lothlorien, Isengard, Ithilien Camp and Amon Hen.
DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU
Journey to Te Anau and take a Jetboat ride up the River Anduin (Waiau River). During the one hour jetboating experience your driver tells you about the history and geography of the area including a visit to the 3 different film locations on the River Anduin.
Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
DAY 9: TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN
Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls on board a scenic cruise on Milford Sound. Sit back and relax as you journey back around Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown.