5-Star Journey to Middle Earth - 10 days from $2,395

Posted on Friday, 7 Dec 2012 05:12 AM

Journey beneath southern skies and discover a land reminiscent of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world of lush lowlands barren wastelands, deep hidden valleys and remote mystical mountains. Experiencing New Zealand's wide variety of landscapes from the green, rolling farmlands, enchanting woods and rivers, dramatic gorges and soaring mountains is a delight, as they are all within such easy reach of one another.

Highlights

  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 5-star luxury hotels
  • Stay 2 nights at the new Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour with a FREE upgrade to Marina View Room
  • Intermediate Automatic Rental Car for 9 days
  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
  • Stay 2 nights at Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, Rotorua including breakfast
  • Visit Te Puia to learn about Maori arts and crafts on a guided tour, receive a complimentary greenstone or bone carving.
  • Mitai Maori Cultural Experience and Hangi Feast Dinner
  • Stay 2 nights at the boutique hotel - The George Hotel, Christchurch
  • Enjoy a Lord of the Rings Tour in Christchurch to movie locations and stunning scenery
  • Stay 3 nights at the 5-star Sofitel Queenstown with a FREE upgrade to Luxury Room
  • Take a private tour of stunning Glenorchy and see Tolkien movie locations
  • Private airport transfers

Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.  Auckland offers all of the things associated with a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, from beautiful scenery to adrenaline pumping adventure - and first-class food and wine. You’ll stay 2 nights at the Sofitel Auckland Harbour Auckland. New Zealand’s newest five star waterfront hotel overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

DAY 2 – EXPLORE AUCKLAND

This morning pick up your rental car and explore Auckland at your own pace! Auckland’s blend of Harbour, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked among the best in the world.

DAY 3 - HOBBITON MOVIE SET & FARM TOUR

Today your day begins with a drive through picturesque working sheep farm with views across the Kaimai Ranges towards the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site of where the Lord of the Rings movie set used to be. Your guide will explain all about what was needed to create the Hobbiton set and tell stories about what went on during filming. Check out the Hobbit holes from the film set. After viewing the Bag End, you can pet and feed the hand reared sheep and hand bottle feed lambs.

Continue your journey to Rotorua. Rotorua's striking gardens, cobbled streets and fascinating mix of Maori and English Tudor architecture give the city a significant point of difference. You’ll stay here 2 nights at the Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel - a beautifully appointed 5 star hotel.

DAY 4 – MAORI CULTURE AND HANGI FEAST

Visit The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where masters and students share their art and their stories about our carving and weaving schools. Step into our ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years at Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

This evening gain an authentic introduction to Maori culture that will leave you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream. Enjoy your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground.

DAY 5 – FLY TO CHRISTCHURCH (own flight arrangements)

Welcome to Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. The Southern Alps provide a fantastic backdrop to this awesome city. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains which spread westwards towards the mountains.

On arrival in Christchurch pick up your rental car. The George, Christchurch’s famous, luxury boutique hotel, is home for the next 2 nights. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon you will find a peaceful retreat just steps from Christchurch's cultural precinct and key attractions.

DAY 6 - LORD OF THE RINGS EDORAS TOUR

Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday; and see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoiled beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. This amazing day includes 4WD access onto Mt Sunday/Edoras itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, full running commentary from our friendly and knowledgeable kiwi tour guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget. 

DAY 7 – DRIVE TO QUEENSTOWN

This morning take the scenic drive to Queenstown, the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.

The Sofitel Queenstown is where you’ll stay for the next 3 nights. The quintessential Sofitel "art de vivre" and lavish amenities complement the classic, yet distinctive design, in the heart of Queenstown.

DAY 8- SAFARI OF THE SCENES – GLENORCHY

For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the tour really does take you there and back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable film locations and stunning natural scenery. You’ll travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the way. Beyond Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise to discover the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. This tour also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  All tours are subject to weather, road & river conditions.

DAY 9 - AT LEISURE

Explore this sophisticated resort town with hundreds of activities from bungy jumping to arts trails in a stunning alpine setting. Whatever you desire, Queenstown can inspire and pamper you in equal measure

DAY 10 – FLY HOME (own flight arrangements)

Prices

Prices are per person  
01 January - 31 March 2013 $2845 per person
01 April - 09 June 2013 $2595 per person
09 June - 30 June 2013 $2395 per person
01 July - 30 September 2013 $2695 per person

 

 

Conditions

Booking Code : ATJME

Validity: Valid for booking now until 15 January 2013, Valid for travel 01 January 2013 – 30 September 2013.

Departs daily

Price is per person and based on twin share/2 adults traveling together

Departs from Auckland ends in Queenstown.

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's exchange rate

Land Only - Does not include airfares