<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Middle Earth New Zealand Itineray with Kiwi Talk

Journey Through Middle Earth, New Zealand

21 Day Itinerary

Enjoy this fabulous trail throughout New Zealand taking in magnificent views of Middle Earth. This exclusive journey allows you to see all that New Zealand has to offer, with one week on North Island and two weeks travelling around the South Island.

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Day 1 : Auckland
Arrive Auckland. On arrival you will be transferred by private car to your hotel.

Stay: Aachen House

Day 2 : Auckland – Matamata – Rotorua
Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel. Depart Auckalnd and drive south to Matamata in the Waikato region (approx 200km). On arrival in Matamata, visit the original Hobbiton village set from Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. The remnants of the movie set are on picturesque private farmland. Enjoy a guided tourthrough the ten acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. After your tour continue your journey south to Rotorua (approx 80km). On arrival, make your way to your hotel.

Stay: The Springs

Day 3 : Rotorua
Full Day at your leisure for optional sightseeing. You may like to visit the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, the native garden setting of the Rainbow Trout Springs and Kiwi House or the entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show.

Stay: The Springs

Day 4 : Rotorua – Tongariro National Park
Depart Rotorua and drive south via Lake Taupo to the Tongariro national Park (approx 200km). On arrival make your way to your hotel. Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s first National Park and a world heritage area.

Stay: The Grand Chateau

Day 5 : Tongariro National Park
Full Day at your leisure for optional sightseeing. Visit the area used to portray the battle marking the end of the Second Age of Middle-Earth. With blasted volcanic rock, steep bluffs and ash, little imagination is required to envisage Mordor!

Stay: The Grand Chateau

Day 6 : Tongariro National Park – Wellington
Depart Tongariro National Park and drive further south to Wellington – the capital city of New Zealand (approx 315km). On arrival make your way to your hotel.

Stay: Ruby House

Day 7 : Wellington
Full Day at your leisure for optional sightseeing. You may like to visit Mt Victoria – the summit in the centre of the city that was turned into Outer Shire. Or the Embassy Theatre – location of the Australasian premiere of the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Or you may like to visit the site of the film sets for Bree and Helm’s Deep (note the sets have been removed).

Stay: Ruby House

Day 8 : Wellington – Picton – Nelson
This morning drop off yor rental car and take the InterIslander Ferry Terminal across the Cook Strait to Picton. Collect another rental car in Picton and drive to Nelson (approx 110km). On arrival make your way to your hotel.

The afternoon is at your leisure for optional sightseeing. You may like to visit Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith – designers of the One Ring. One of the original rings is on display here.

Stay: Cambria House

Day 9 : Nelson – Collingwood
Depart Nelson and drive to Collingwood via Takaka Hill (approx 131km). Travel via the unspoilt beaches, striking mountain landscapes and dramatic holes in the earth. Climing to the 972m summit of the Takaka Hill, a number of rocky marble outcrops can be seen, the only place outside of Italy where such formations exist. Take a walk through the ghostly trees to the general location of filming. After your journey, continue to Collingwood and on arrival make your way to your hotel.

Stay: Collingwood Homestead

Day 10 : Collingwood
Full Day at your leisure. You may like to explore the nearby Abel Tasman national Park or perhaps journey out to Farewell Spit.

Stay: Collingwood Homestead

Day 11 : Collingwood – Hokitika
Depart Collingwood and drive via Motueka and Murchison to Hokitika. You can either drive via Westport (approx 416km) or via Reefton (approx 382km). If you drive via Westport you may like to stop at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowhole. Make your way to your accommodation.

Stay: Kapitea Ridge

Day 12 : Hokitika – Fox Glacier
Drive down the west coast to Fox Josef (approx 208km). You have the option to tour the glaciers toDay whilst passing through the glacier townships.

Stay: Te Weheka Inn

 

Day 13 : Fox Glacier – Wanaka
Drive Haast Paa to Wanaka (approx 287km). Loooking towards the Alps from the Wanaka waterfront, at the end of the lake you can see the backdrop used when Gandalf flew to Rohan with Gwaihir, after his rescue from Orthanc.

Stay: Wanaka Springs Lodge

Day 14 : Wanaka – Te Anau
Depart Wanaka and drive via Queenstown to Te Anau (approx 273km). You may like to drive via the Crown Range. Expansive views from up here – to the left is the River Anduin and the Pillars of the Argonath and high in the hills is the Dimrill Dale. Once at the bottom of the Crown Range, travel over the Kawarau River which doubled as the Anduin River. Continue onto Te Anau.

En route you may like to visit the Mavora Lakes – a special forested area containing two serene lakes. Continue your journey to Fangorn Forest. Arrive at Te Anau.

Stay: Fiordland Lodge Cabins

Day 15 : Te Anau – Manapouri – Doubtful Sound
This morning depart Te Anau, make your way to Manapouri (approx 15km) and check in for your Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Please note that this cruise does not operate during the period 01 June – 31 August – during this time, the tour will spend an extra night in Te Anau with a full Day Doubtful Sound cruise ex Manapouri including a picnic lunch on board.

Criuse across Lake Manapouri. On your journey cast your eyes upwards to the high mountaintops on your right, by Freeman Burn. Situated far up in these alpine peaks are the Norwest Lakes – locations used to show the Fellowship heading south from Rivendell. Disembark at West Arm and travel by coach over Wilmot Pass. At Deep Cove, board the overnight cruise vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtless Sound. The vessel then anchors overnight in one of Doubtless Sound’s hidden arms. Dinner this evening is included on board.

Stay: Fiordland Navigator

Day 16 : Doubtful Sound – Manapouri – Queenstown
Breakfast this morning is include on board. Time to explore before returning to Deep Cove and disembarking. Return to Manapouri Wharf. Make your way to Queenstown (approx 185km).

Stay: Brown’s Boutique Hotel

Day 17 : Queenstown
ToDay enjoy a full Day 4WD Safari of the Rings Tour. A 4WD tour into the heart of New Zealand’s high country – the embodiment of the middle earth of Tolkien’s imagination. Enjoy a spectacular look at the diversity of of the scenery in this area. Based around several of the specific sites where filming took place (Road to Mordor, Ford of Bruinen, Amon Hen summit and more).

Stay: Brown’s Boutique Hotel

Day 18 : Queenstown
This morning enjoy a scenic drive to the hamlet of Glenorchy where you will board the specially designed Dart River Jet. This journey into Middle Earth combines a 1.5 hour jetboating amidst the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps, a gentle walk in the ancient forests and a backroad journey through the high country farmland and forests – around Paradise – film location for Lord of the Rings.

This afternoon is at your leisure for optional sightseeing. You may like to drive to Arrowtown – home to the Ford of Bruinen. The ford is only minutes from the centre of the village on the Arrow River.

Stay: Brown’s Boutique Hotel

Day 19 : Queenstown – Mount Cook
This morning time is available for an optional ‘Trilogy Trail’ helicopter tour. Glenorchy Air were employed by Peter Jackson’s production company to fly cast, crew, costumes and film equipment to and from various places around the southern half of the South island. By air see the lush locations for the River Anduin, the Ford of Bruinen, Lothlorien. Amon Hen, Isengard, Field of Cormallen, Lawn of Parth Galen, Lake of Nen Hithoel and Amon Lhaw. Included is at least one landing at an isolated location (tour is approx 2.5hrs in duration). Depart Queenstown and drive to the alpine village of Mount Cook (approx 263km)

Stay: Hermitage Hotel

Day 20 : Mount Cook – Christchurch
Time is available this morning the explore Mount Cook. Mount Cook, at 3764 metres is New Zealand’s highest peak and is located in the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular mountain region, the Southern Alps. One of the most striking features of this area is the Tasman Glaciers which are 30km long and more than 3km across at the widest point.

Also well worth seeing is the Hochstetter Ice-Fall. There is a wide variety of walking trips available where mountain and glacier scenery are at their best. Depart Mount Cook and drive over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch (approx 331km).

Stay: The Charlotte Jane

Day 21 : Christchurch
The tour concludes with returning your vehicle to the city or airport depot.

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