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North / South Island: 10D / 9N (Auckland to Queenstown)

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland and uplift your rental car before driving to your hotel for one night in the city. There is lots to do in The City of Sails, from harbour cruises to driving up volcanic cones to view some of the most spectacular views of Auckland. Spend the evening soaking up the great nightlight or one of the great restaurants on offer.

Day 2: Auckland – Matamata - Rotorua

This morning, travel to Rotorua on Route 27 via the town of Matamata where you will start your first Lord of the Rings quest with a tour of Hobbiton. Your tour starts with a guided tour through the picturesque working sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges towards the Hobbiton Movie Set. You will be escorted through the ten-acre site of where the LOTR movie set used to be. This tour will take 2 hours. Then its off south to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Enjoy the evening with a tour of Rainbow Springs under night lights which looks amazing.

Day 3: Rotorua – Tongariro National Park

Visit the most famous geothermal area and Maori cultural centre in Rotorua, Te Puia. Then it is off for a leisurely drive through to Lake Taupo and onto Mt Reuapehu (Mordor in the movie) in the Tongariro National Park. Tonight you will be sleeping on one of New Zealand’s only two active volcanoes

Day 4: Tongariro National Park – Wellington

Today you will drive South on State Highway 1 through to Wellington. You will travel on the desert road the through the green beauty of heartland New Zealand , Manawatu. Once settled into your Wellington hotel stroll the streets of Wellington, visit Te Papa Museum or indulge in the great café and culture scene.

Day 5: Wellington

You will continue your Lord of the Rings quest today with a half day Lord of the Rings location tour which brings the best 7 locations in both the North and South of Wellington. You will visit and spend time in movie locations including: Outskirts of the Shire (get off the road) / Race to the Ferry / Rivendell / Fords of Isen / Gardens of Isengard / River Anduin / Minas Tirith / Helms Deep. The tour takes 4 hours and you will be picked up and dropped off from your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore Wellington.

Day 6: Wellington – Picton – Nelson

Drop you car off in the morning at the depot at the ferry terminal before boarding the Inter Islander Ferry for a scenic trip across Cook Straight into Queen Charlotte Sound and onto Picton. Once arriving in the South Island you will uplift your rental car from the depot and drive onto New Zealand’s sunshine capital, Nelson. Be sure to visit the jeweller where the original ring was designed and made.

Day 7: Nelson – Franz Josef Glacier

After exploring Nelson, it is through to the West Coast on State Highway 6 to head down this rugged coastline to the famous rocks and blow holes of Punakaiki. Then you will continue south down to Franz Josef Glacier, where you will be staying for the night.

Day 8: Franz Josef – Queenstown

After view the spectacular glacier, an incredibly scenic drive awaits you as you travel down through the Haast Pass onto into Wanaka where you could stop for lunch of afternoon tea, then it is off to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown.

Day 9: Queenstown

Your options are limitless today, so why not take in a bungy jump, jet boat up the Shotover river or just enjoy the great shopping and eateries before your next LOTR tour in the afternoon. You will be uplifted from town for a half day tour which includes a scenic tour offering goldpanning, 4WD river crossings in the Arrow Gorge and a great overview of the area. The tour offers you a view of the film locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur's fall, and the Ford of Bruinen. You will also overlook Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed. In the evening, take in a Gondola ride up to Bobs Peak for dinner and spectacular views of Queentown.

Day 10: Queentown

You may have time before your departure to visit Deer Park Safaris, another location set for Lord of the Ring. See where Gandalf rode towards Gondor, where the refugees escaped from Rohan, where the attack of the Wargs (wolves) occurred and where Eowyn provided Aragorn with his stew. Allow 2 hours for this tour. After checking out from the hotel, your tour arrangements conclude with the return of your rental car to the airport.
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Inclusions

  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • 9 nights Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Inter Island Ferry
  • Entrance into Te Puia
  • Entrance into Rainbow Springs
  • 3 Lord of the Rings tours in Matamata/Wellington and Queenstown
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Long Total Km: 1600 Estimated driving time: 22 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.

Booking info

Standard - From: NZ $1,710.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Mercure AucklandAuckland1Day 1
Sudima Hotel Lake RotoruaRotorua1Day 2
Bayview Chateau TongariroTongariro1Day 3
Mercure Wellington Wellington2Day 4
Rutherford HotelNelson1Day 6
Rain Forest RetreatFranz Josef 1Day 7
Sherwood ManorQueenstown2Day 8

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Intermediate Car with GPS - 10 days            

Inclusions

Lord of the Roads
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • 9 nights Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Inter Island Ferry
  • Entrance into Te Puia
  • Entrance into Rainbow Springs
  • 3 Lord of the Rings tours in Matamata/Wellington and Queenstown
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Long Total Km: 1600 Estimated driving time: 22 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.