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Wellington Hobbit Movie Set and Location Tours

Wellington Hobbit tours take you on a tour of the filming locations of the Hobbit Movie, written by J.R.R. Tolkien and filmed by Peter Jackson. Explore the stunning and unforgettable landscapes of Middle Earth on a Hobbit film tour in Wellington. more

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Live the Hobbit Life with a Lord of the Rings Tour in Wellington, New Zealand!

Ready to see where it all started? This Lord of the Rings tour in Wellington takes you to some of the finest hobbit holes in New Zealand. From filming locations to behind-the-scenes knowledge, our guides will make sure you’re immersed in the Middle-earth world of your favorite fantasy. Book your tour online today!

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See your favourite movies in a whole new way!

➜ We will make our way up to the Mount Victoria Lookout to see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!

➜ On the way we drive up Courtenay Place, past the Embassy Picture Theatre which held two world premieres; The last LOTR instalment The Return of the King (2003), and the first Hobbit movie An Unexpected Journey (2012).

➜ From the Lookout we make our way down Mount Victoria to the Hobbiton Woods where the filming of his epic trilogy began. This is the home of the Shortcut to Mushrooms scene; Sam & Frodo’s Second Breakfast; the location where the Hobbits hid from the Black Rider (“Get off the Road!”); the Race to the Buckleberry Ferry scene; and King Théoden’s Dunharrow Encampment.

➜ Now we are off to the Weta Workshop in Miramar. Here you have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour (entry included in your tour price) where you see how props plus weaponry are made and probably meet artists at work making props.(*)

➜ At the Weta Cave you will be given the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and have photos with Gollum, Lurtz the Uruk-hai, Bilbo’s three Trolls, and characters from other movies that Weta has been involved in. We will arrange for you to act and pose (photo shoot) with the trolls and other props. This is fun and enjoyed by everyone.

➜ The tour concludes with a drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre the home of two Premieres – “Return of the King” and the first Hobbit movie “The Unexpected Journey”.

(*) Subject to Weta Workshop’s format. Weta Workshop may change details without notice, but will be approximately the same as described here.

✅ Drive past the Embassay Theatre, which was restored by Peter Jackson, and hosted two LOTR series world premieres. ✅ Check out the fantastic views and get some photos from the Mount Victoria lookout. ✅ Visit some of the filming loactions on Mount Victoria. ✅ Head to Weta Workshop in Mirimar, watch a short documentary and do a behind the scenes tour (entry included in tour price). ✅ Stop in at the Weta Cave, buy some souvenirs and pose for photos with characters and props. ✅ Finish the tour with a drive around the bays and have a ‘Rivendell Ripple’ (ice cream).

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Embark on an epic journey through Middle-earth in Wellington!

➜ This tour is more than just visiting the filming sites! On this informative tour, your guide will share fascinating little-known gems relating to the filming at each site, that will make you want to watch the films all over again!

➜ From your hotel or i-Site pickup we make our way to the Hutt Valley. The first stop is the Dry Creek Quarry where you see the filming site of Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith.

➜ A short drive will see us stop at the River Anduin (Hutt River) where the Fellowship travelled to Amon Hen.

➜ Then it is on to the site of Gardens of Isengard Harcourt Park) where Gandalf met Saruman the White to discuss the Ring, and it is also where Saruman’s Orc army destroy the gardens.

➜ Next stop is Rivendell (Kaitoke Regional Park) the home of the Elves. Enjoy a walk through Rivendell and see the nearby river used for the scene where Éomer recovers the dying Théodred, son of King Théoden. More adventurous travellers may also cross the swing bridge over the Hutt River.

➜ Now we are off to the Weta Workshop in Miramar. Here you have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour (entry included in your tour price) where you will see how props plus weaponry are made and possibly meet artists at work making props.(*)

➜ Your guide will discuss with you any lunch preference, Café, takeaway, pub (all depending on time).

➜ After lunch you will head to Mount Victoria to the Hobbiton Woods where the filming of the epic trilogy began. This is the home of the Shortcut to Mushrooms scene; Sam and Frodo’s Second Breakfast; the location where the Hobbits hid from the Black Rider (“Get off the Road!”); the Race to the Buckleberry Ferry scene; and King Théoden’s Dunharrow Encampment. (This part of the tour has some limited wheelchair accessibility)

➜ A little further on is the Mount Victoria Lookout and here you will see spectacular views of Wellington’s city and harbour. Have your cameras ready!

➜ The tour concludes with a drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre the home of two Premieres “Return of the King” and the first Hobbit movie “The Unexpected Journey”.

➜ Please be aware that the tour may alter in format as it is based around the availability of the Weta Workshop Tour

✅ Visit four of the key LOTR filming locations in the Hutt Valley ✅ Go to Weta Workshop in Mirimar and do a behind-the-scenes tour of the Workshop (entry include in tour price). ✅ End the tour at the Weta Cave where you can purchase souvenirs and pose for photos with some of the Weta characters and props. ✅ Time permitting have lunch at your choice of a café, takeaway or pub (discuss this with your guide – lunch cost not included in tour price). ✅ Visit some of the locations on Mount Victoria where LTOR scenes where filmed. ✅ Enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington from Mount Victoria lookout. ✅ Finish the day with a drive past the Embassy Picture Theatre the home of two Premieres “Return of the King” and the first Hobbit movie “The Unexpected Journey”.

Tour timings & pick-ups

Non-Cruise Ship Passenger bookings: Pick up times are as per the tour starting time. However they may be altered if there are multiple guest pick-up locations. We will contact you in advance of your tour if an amended pick-up time is required. All tours include a pick-up either from a central city hotel or from the Wellington iSite.

Cruise Ship Passenger bookings: Your pick-up will be from the Port and is 45 minutes after the ship has docked (even if your ship has been delayed or arrives early) with 8.45am being the earliest pick-up time.

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Do you dream of traversing the lands of Middle Earth ? Well, then join the elves, dwarves, hobbits and men of the Fellowship on a Lord of the Rings tour.

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See where the story begins in humble Hobbiton , or journey through the forests, hills and lakes that feature throughout the Fellowship’s quest. These tours offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience that a Lord of the Rings fan can’t afford to miss!

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About | Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Fall in love with Hobbiton, a movie set and filming location for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Be taken on a journey through the green and lush hillside, passing the most adorable hobbit holes along the way. Each has its own little personality, charm and intricate details. Some have even left their washing out to dry. It actually feels like you’re stepping into a tiny little village.

Make your way to The Shire’s Rest to start your tour. Here you can browse the gift shop and grab your tickets. There are lots of Lord of the Rings souvenirs. As you wait for the tour bus to arrive, take a seat at one of the picnic tables and feast your eyes on the rolling hills you’re about to explore. If you’ve got lots of time, head on up to The Shire’s Rest Cafe to grab a coffee or a meal.

When the bus arrives, get in line and be ready to be whisked away to a magical land. The buses are nice and comfy and the tours guides are the best, most friendly bunch you’ll come across. They know everything about Lord of the Rings so while you’re on your tour make sure you start up a conversation to rack their minds.

The bus ride is short and sweet, the location is just across the road but you’ll slowly wind your way down to it as the tour guide welcomes you and briefs you on what is to come. They’ll also share a short behind the scenes movie clip with you to make sure you’re excited and ready when you step back out of the bus and onto hobbit land.

Explore the hobbit gardens, walk past 44 hobbit holes and grab a photo to show your family and friends back home. The permanent set is made out of wood, concrete and bricks. Peter Jackson wanted the place to look like it had all been here for a while so everything was artificially aged and weathered. Stop and have a look at the fences and gates with lichen and moss growing on them – this was all fake and put on by hand. Imagine how much time all of this would have taken. There were over 70 set builders to complete the movie set.

The most popular hobbit-hole, sitting right at the top of the hill, is Bag End which is Bilbo Baggins house. The large oak tree which sits on top, although you would never have thought, is actually fake. It was made specifically for the movie and made of fibreglass. Its leaves, made from silk and imported from Taiwan, were individually painted and attached by hand, one by one. The work done for this place just blows your mind. Oh, and whenever they fade in the sun, they all need to be repainted by hand.

As you’re guided through the hobbit village, you’ll make several stops to take it all in so don’t worry about being rushed – though it’s easy to get lost in its splendour. As you stop, the tour guide will point out spots that made it to the film and explain how all of the movie magic was made. They’ll give you lots of facts and share their knowledge and passion for the place so that you, too, can be amazed and wowed by it all.

See the mill, walk over the stone bridge and step inside the Green Dragon Inn where you can grab a complimentary beverage of your choice. They offer apple cider, ginger beer and two ales which are brewed at the Good George Brewery in Hamilton. When you’re finished, take a moment to take the place in, inside and out. Have a seat in the cosy armchairs and warm up by the fire, find yummy treats on display and see what’s going on in hobbit land by reading the signs on the bulletin board. You’ll even find some hobbit clothes hanging up that you can try on.

After coming for a visit to Hobbiton, you really get a feel of what it would be like to have lived in a hobbit village. It seems like such a happy place to be and it is such a pleasure to be able to go there and witness it for yourself. And you definitely don’t have to be a LOTR’s fan to appreciate what’s gone on here to make this happen.

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How it all came to be

In 1998, Peter Jackson’s location scouts were searching for the ‘Party Tree’, a large tree by a lake for a filming spot. An aerial search led them to the Alexander family farm – a 1,250-acre working sheep farm in Matamata. Here, they found not only a huge tree by a nearby lake but also the rolling hills and lush green pastures that JRR Tolkien had described in his books. Overseeing the place by helicopter they saw no buildings and roads in sight and a huge similarity to Hobbiton – it was the perfect place for what would later become the fantasyland Middle-earth. They landed the helicopter to seek permission to use the land, but after knocking on the door, they found that the owner was too busy watching telly, and was told, “The rugby’s on – can you come back later?”

They did come back and in March 1999 they started a massive nine-month mission to bring Hobbiton to life. A large crew was needed and also the help from the New Zealand Army to create a little hobbit village with 39 temporary hobbit holes made using untreated timber, plywood and polystyrene foam.

Filming started in December later that year and went on for three months before it was completed and everything needed to come down again. Time to restore the land back to its natural state. They had taken almost everything down except for a few remaining hobbit holes but because of bad weather, they had to delay the heavy machinery so it stayed there for some time.

Word soon got out that this was the location of Hobbiton and neighbours and friends of the family all wanted to have a look at what was left. Soon tourists came swarming in and the Alexander family turned it into a business with tours starting in 2002.

Peter Jackson came back in 2010 to rebuild everything up for the filming of The Hobbit . This time though, the Alexander family wondered if it could be done in a more permanent way, so that others could enjoy it for years to come. Negotiations were made and the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is now available for everyone to see.

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Need to know

The Shire’s Rest Cafe opening hours : Open seven days a week, 9am – 3:30pm.

Do I need to book in advance? Yes, tours can book out fast especially over summer so you’ll want to secure your place early. You’ll especially want to do this for the Evening Banquet Tours – they only offer this four times??? a week!

Do I need to go on a tour? Can I just visit by myself? You can only visit Hobbiton on a guided tour. They pick you up from The Shire’s Rest and take you on their big tour bus down a drive across the road where the hobbit village lives.

What should I bring? In summer, bring sunscreen as you’ll be out in the sun a lot. And in winter, check the weather forecast and bring a raincoat and umbrella if necessary. And of course, your camera.

Because we’re going to be outdoors, will the tour still go ahead in wet weather? Yes, they have umbrellas available for you to use if it’s raining.

Pram friendly : you can bring your pram with you so long as it is fully collapsible so that it can fit in the luggage compartment on the bus. Paths are made of cobblestones and dirt and there are some stairs that you’ll need to go up so you’ll need another adult to help.

Where can I find more LOTR locations : Peter Jackson combed New Zealand for the best locations for his film and you’ll find plenty as you tour New Zealand. Mt Ruapehu turned into Mt Doom, the rolling hills of Matamata became home to the hobbits and Queenstown was included in scenes such as the Eregion Hills and the Pillars of Argonath.

How long is the Hobbiton tour? The tour takes 2 hours.

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Prepare for all sorts of weather

Just because the forecast says it’s going to be great, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be. Prepare for all sorts of weather so that whatever the weather you can still enjoy your time at Hobbiton. Hobbiton does have umbrellas you can use at the start of the tour so if the weather looks sketchy, it might be handy to grab one so that you’re not left out in the rain. There’s nothing worse than grumbly kids because they’re standing in the rain and getting wet.

Take a moment to look for the finer details

Though the hobbit holes are just facades, stop outside their homes and find hints of who may have lived there. You’ll find all sorts of adorable little details sitting outside of their hobbit homes, from honeypots outside the beekeeper’s house, a sweet picnic lunch on the dock, the baker’s house with fresh bread, the cheese-maker selling cheese, mortar and pestles left lying around as well as brooms and gardening tools, a chessboard, an easel, washing left hung out to dry, and even the cute mailboxes. There’s a vegetable patch and orchard as well. Come in spring and find beautiful flowers blooming everywhere. What a happy place to live!

Prepare for the crowds

Did you know that the Hobbiton Movie Set is New Zealand’s third-largest tourist destination with more than 3,000 people visiting a day during their busiest time? Tours run every half-hour so even if you do wait for every single last person from your group to move on to get a photo without anyone in it, there’s still yet another group right behind you to contend with. It is busy and it is going to be hard to get those perfect photos but book the first or last tour of the day where you’ll be the first or last group at Hobbiton. The Evening Banquet Tours are a great choice and the best option for getting photos with a beautiful sunset. Then top it all off with a scrumptious hobbit inspired feast!

Get your camera ready

And make sure you have a full battery and enough storage. The worst thing would be for it to die on you right in the middle of your tour. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be happily snapping away the whole time. Have fun as you explore and take photos of hobbit holes, adorable little details and the Green Dragon Inn, the hobbits favourite place to grab a drink.

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You don’t actually start your tour at the Hobbiton Movie Set, but across the road, at The Shire’s Rest where you can relax at The Shire’s Rest Cafe and browse the gift shop. Grab your tickets, then have a wander around, everything is immaculate, it’s a really well-maintained space and don’t forget to get some pictures to make everyone jealous at home!

Turn down Buckland Road, it’ll be on your left, there’ll be signs before you arrive letting you know that you’re getting close. And there’s lots of parking, too!

The weather was pretty grey when we came – but it was one of those days where you don’t really know what the weather is actually doing. Just hours before, we were hanging out at Poripori Waterhole with beautiful blue skies. But that’s New Zealand weather for you, you just never know what it’s going to do.

We grabbed our tickets from the gift shop and had a little browse but it wasn’t long before the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour bus had come and people were lining up to get on.

The bus was nice and comfortable, with air-con above us and a small tv in the front of the bus. The tour guide welcomed us as he drove the bus slowly down to the Hobbiton Movie Set, telling us a bit about the area and the filming that went on. A short film was shown on the TV. It was a nice welcome to the tour.

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The big tour bus parked up and we all jumped out, pretty ecstatic that we were there! The weather was starting to look a little dreary so we grabbed one of the umbrellas that they were offering and then gathered together before we proceeded in. The tour guide told us that we’d walk around slowly and that there’d be lots of time for photos along the way.

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I loved all of the little details! It was quite big, we walked and we walked and it just seemed so never-ending. It felt like we were taken to this special place where the hobbits actually lived.

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Frogs in the pond were apparently so loud that actors couldn’t even hear each other! Somebody ended up having to collect and relocate them to another pond on the farm.

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Peter Jackson wanted the scene to look just right, he always put lots of time and thought into even the smallest of details. He wrote, “I knew Hobbiton needed to be warm, comfortable and feel lived in. By letting the weeds grow through the cracks and establishing hedges and little gardens a year before filming, we ended up with an incredibly real place, not just a film set”. A person was even employed for a couple of weeks with the sole job of walking between the clotheslines to make the track look well worn.

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Even though the Alexander Farm had around 13,500 sheep, Peter Jackson didn’t think they had the look he was going for so none of them made the film. Suffolk sheep, with their dark faces and legs made the film instead.

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As you walk around Hobbiton, you’ll notice that the hobbit holes are two different sizes. Some are built at a 90 per cent scale and others at 60 per cent. This is so that the smaller holes make Gandalf look larger than he really is, and bigger holes make hobbits look smaller.

There’s only one hobbit hole that tourists can actually crack open the big round door and take a step inside. You’ll come across it at 40 Bagshot Row, it’s the hobbit hole just before Bag End.

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Do you remember the scene where Gandalf accidentally bangs his head on the doorway while entering Bilbo’s house? This wasn’t actually scripted, but because actor Ian McKellen went along with it so professionally, it was put in the film. There’s also another scene here when Bilbo and Gandalf are sitting, facing the sunset. Because Bag End faces the east and actually catches the sunrise, they had to play the sunrise backwards – it took them seven sunrises to get it just right.

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Most of the hobbit holes are just facades, with nothing inside. One of the holes that has an inside is Bag End, though it’s only a segment of a wall. This is so it gives the illusion of an inside when the door is opened while being filmed inside. The indoor shots were filmed at a studio, Weka Workshop, in Wellington. Tourists can open the round door and take photos in one of the hobbit holes and it isn’t Bag End but its neighbour.

Some hobbits are richer than others with the lower down you live, the poorer you are. Bilbo, living right at the top, is one of the richest hobbits.

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The first book in The Lord of the Rings mentions children playing under plum trees. Peter Jackson thought that plum trees would look too big, so apple and pear trees were planted instead. Just before filming, all of the fruit were stripped and replaced with fake plums. After all of this work though, the scene never made it on the film.

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Reaching the bottom of the hill is party field where there’s a huge pine tree, a great view of Green Dragon Inn and a number of wooden games and carnival props.

When it was time to film Bilbo’s birthday party, Peter Jackson wanted it to look authentic so let the actors drink as much as they wanted. What they didn’t know, was that the brew was only 1 per cent alcohol.

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In the scene where Bilbo and Gandalf were sitting next to each other on the cart heading out of town, they weren’t actually sitting next to each other, but Bilbo had to sit behind him to look smaller in the shot. They still had to talk and turn their head as if the person was right next to them which proved trickier than what they thought.

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The casting requirements of a hobbit were that you had to be five-foot-two and ’round of face’. Would you fit the description?

To bring Hobbiton to life and looking as beautiful as it is – actually, takes a large team. The movie set employs over 50 permanent staff. 5 gardeners are needed during winter and 7 – 8 over summer. On busy days, more than 180 people can be working in a single day!

Hobbiton was such a beautiful and happy place we were so glad to have visited.

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14 Day Lord of the Rings & Hobbit Holiday Package

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Discounted Save up to 20% Twin/Double: NZ$6599 or USD$3999 PP Single: NZ$11,099 or USD$6699 Child: NZ$3799 or USD$2299 PP * Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC * USD conversions may vary * A peak season surcharge may apply


Explore the top filming locations on both islands with this unforgettable New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour. Highlights include:

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With New Zealand Lord of the Rings location tours and other top activities included, this self-drive tour packages offers a fantastic New Zealand experience.

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14 Day Lord of the Rings & Hobbit New Zealand Holiday Package

Day 1 arrive auckland.

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Arrive in  Auckland  – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.

Relax in Auckland this afternoon and evening. Your options include visiting the Sky Tower, the Auckland Zoo, or Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World ; venturing to one of Auckland’s stunning beaches or West Auckland wineries, or doing a spot of shopping.

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 2 Hobbiton > Hamilton

Driving time Auckland to Matamata 148 km / 91 miles, 2 hours

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Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and remains as it appeared in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.

Driving time Matamata to Hamilton 62 km / 38 miles, 1 hour

Being in the hub of the central North Island, visitors to Hamilton have easy access to iconic attractions such as Waitomo Caves, Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools. For fun – visit the chocolate and candy factory.

Stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand

Stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand. If staying in a Hobbit Hole, Hobbit Hole House or Hobbit Hotel is on your bucket list, we can arrange this for you. We often get asked whether you can rent a Hobbit Hole in New Zealand! There are two properties in New Zealand that offer this experience, Underhill offer hobbit-style accommodation hand crafted with rustic native timbers and ironwork and caters for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond. Woodlyn Park offers a Hobbit Motel offering two motels beamed beneath a hill where sheep and donkey wander for grazing. From the exterior, these units look like a perfect Hobbit Hotel. In total, each motel can sleep up to 6 people making it ideal for families. Ask us to include your very own stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand!

Stay 1 night in Hamilton or stay in a Hobbit Hole New Zealand.

Day 3 Waitomo Caves > Rotorua

Driving time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves 73 km / 45 miles, 1 hour

waitomo glowworm caves

Venture to the Waitomo Caves where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo! Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. Nearby, the Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations.

Driving time Waitomo Caves to Rotorua 148 km / 91 miles, 2 hours

Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua , distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 Rotorua

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Relax and explore Rotorua and its geothermal beauty. You might like to enjoy a wander around Hell’s Gate Geothermal

In the evening enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant . Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on mouth-watering fresh soups and salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. Add to that mouth-watering desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.

Day 5 Taupo

Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour

bungy jump taupo

Enjoy the short drive south to  Taupo , rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, relaxing  boat cruises , and  bungy jumping .

Just north of Lake Taupo you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Stay 1 night in Taupo.

Day 6 Wellington

Driving time Taupo to Wellington 375 km / 233 miles, 4.5 hours

Wellington , New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to concerts, live theatre, exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa : the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.

Stay 2 nights in Wellington.

Day 7 Wellington

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Today join a Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour! Follow in the Footsteps of Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elves and Men.You will cover a lot of ground on the tour, but there is enough time to explore; recreate scenes for yourself and work out how the movies were made. The scenery of Wellington mirrors that of Middle Earth.

You will be collected from your central city accommodation between 8.30 am and 8.45 am. The morning is spent exploring the city locations, you will spend 40 minutes walking through the Outer Shire. This location includes the famous ‘Get off the road’ scene, the ‘shortcut to mushrooms’ and the Black Rider scenes and many more. Then it’s off to the Weta Studios for an inside look at the Wellington film industry. Your visit to Weta will include the ‘Window into Workshop’ exhibition; which is a guided tour of the inner working of the Weta Studios.

After the morning’s excitement, it’s time for an Orc sized lunch. You will head out to Scorch-O-Rama Café for an LOTR themed menu designed especially for your tours. This is included in the cost of your tour. After that, spend the afternoon exploring Great River Anduin, Gardens of Isengard and Rivendell. Also, see the quarry used for filming Helms Deep and Minas Tirith.

Day 8 Kaikoura

Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2 hours

interislander ferry

It’s all about the journey today as you board the  Interislander Cook Strait Ferry , which will transport you on a scenic cruise to  Picton . Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s east coast to  Kaikoura .

Kaikoura is a coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway winds from the town centre to lookout points at Point Kean. Close by, the rock platforms are home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. The 1800s Fyffe House is a cottage built on a foundation of whalebones, with displays on the town’s whaling past.

Option to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with a  Whale Watch Scenic Flight  to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.

Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.

Day 9 Christchurch

Driving time Kaikoura to Christchurch 180 km / 111 miles, 2 hours

christchurch tramway restaurant

Enjoy the scenic drive along the South Islands East Coast to Christchurch .

In the evening, experience the luxury of a 36-seater colonial-style dining tram. Enjoy fabulous dining at your private table with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 10 Lake Tekapo

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours

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Depart Christchurch and travel south to Lake Tekapo . This far-reaching road adventure takes you from sea level to the mountains. You will begin with the flat green tranquillity of the Canterbury Plains, but it won’t be long before you climb through the tussocky wilds towards the Southern Alps. An amazing smoky turquoise lake announces that you have arrived in Lake Tekapo.

Lake Tekapo presents many world class attractions such as the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, the luxurious spa complex Tekapo Springs and Spa and of course the world famous Mt John Observatory.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 11 Queenstown

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours

Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake. Continue your journey as you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Continue on to Queenstown , New Zealand’s stunning alpine resort and adventure capital.

Option to add on a famous Lord of the Rings – Helicopter Flight !

Relax and explore Queenstown in the evening. Options include going down town to explore this spectacular resort town, browsing through the boutique shops and going out for a lovely evening meal.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 12 Queenstown

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Today join Nomad Safaris for their Safari of The Scenes – Wakatipu Basin . Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. The Queenstown area featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Safari of the Scenes – Wakatipu combines a true 4WD tour with film locations from the LOTR trilogy. The perfect tour for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountains throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a birds eye view onto the former Deer Park Heights, which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Travelling from The Remarkables you then head to the Kawarau Gorge where the filming took place for the Argonath, or Pillars of the Kings. Leaving the Kawarau Gorge, head to Arrowtown, filming location of the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields.

Near Arrowtown you will experience some true off road adventures. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can indulge in morning tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. From Arrowtown, travel to the entrance of Skippers Canyon to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin and over Skippers Canyon.

Day 13 Queenstown

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Today enjoy the Dart River Jet Wilderness Safari ! Your Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. The sheer diversity of what ‘ s on offer means you experience a unique combination of breath taking scenery matched with exciting jet boating on braided, glacier fed rivers. Highly informative guides add the personal touch, talking about the area’s history, the Greenstone trail and Maori legends. Walk amongst ancient beech forest unchanged for 80 million years and view the scenic backgrounds for many Middle Earth movie scenes including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey’. An authentic New Zealand experience in an untouched world.

Day 14 Queenstown > Doubtful Sound

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Doubtful Sound is the next step up from Milford Sound! Enjoy a scenic coach journey to reach Manapouri. In Manapouri board your luxury catamaran and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound, you will board another catamaran for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise your knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. After your cruise relax while your coach drives through stunning scenery delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

Plan a New Zealand Lord of the Rings Tour

This New Zealand Lord of the Rings self-drive tour is a highly popular choice for fans of the films. No other tour includes such a fantastic array of filming destinations and top New Zealand experiences.

Travel from Auckland to Queenstown on this scenic road trip and experience countless highlights along the way, from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the majesty of Doubtful Sound.

This New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour package is fully customisable. You have the option to book the package as outlined or work with your personal travel consultant to modify the itinerary to suit your preferences.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your unforgettable New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour.

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Leave Auckland for a one-day Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour in New Zealand to the enchanted Hobbiton Movie Set made famous by the Lord of the Rings films, and to the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

We will pick you up in our cosy 12-seater mini-bus and drive you through the beautiful Waikato countryside (renowned as the world’s most extensive farming area) on a fully guided tour of Hobbiton. On your journey south, enjoy the unfolding scenery, encounter a range of farm animals, capture fantastic photos, and take in marvellous mountain views.

On arriving at the Alexander family sheep farm (where you can see thousands of sheep) and Shire’s Rest (which is the entrance to the Hobbiton set), take some time to grab a bite, have some coffee, or cool down with ice cream while we pick up your tickets to the movie set.

A big green Hobbiton bus will transport you to the set for a two-hour fully guided tour, with a professional Hobbiton guide showing you around this incredible 12-acre filming location. During your time there, set foot into the Shire’s lush pastures, see 44 Hobbit holes, admire the well-tended gardens, learn about the stories behind the making of the movies, and round out your tour with a cold drink at the iconic Green Dragon Inn.

Energised by your Lord of the Rings experience, head west to continue your guided journey to the fascinating Waitomo region where you’ll encounter hydro dams, rich farmland, race horses, and New Zealand’s Kiwiana capital.

A tour of the caves follows next but not without a stop first at the Waitomo homestead for delicious lunch and a wonderful surprise that you will find out once there.

On reaching Waitomo, descend into a cave system millions of years in the making. There you will encounter an assortment of fantastic cave formations as well as lime columns, stalactites and stalagmites. Exploring deeper underground, board a boat that will take you on your glowworm cruise on the grotto river with the mesmerising light of thousands of glowworms illuminating your path. These glowworms are found only in New Zealand, and have been a major visitor attraction for more than 120 years.

The guided journey back to Auckland will take you through the longest river in New Zealand, the Huntly power station, and the burial site for Maori Queens.

Start: Auckland (6am)

Finish: Auckland (about 6pm)

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  • Beautiful scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside 
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  • Entry ticket and guided tour of Hobbiton movie set including a Beverage in the Green Dragon 
  • Entry ticket and guided tour of Waitomo Caves including a Glowworm Grotto boat ride
  • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos 
  • Guided tour back to the Hotel

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  • WiFi on Transport available at additional cost (select during booking process)
  • Buffet Lunch (select during booking process)

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Bookings essential. Hobbiton Movie Set is only accessible via guided tour. 

Please note: Tours depart daily from The Shire's Rest, located at 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata and the Matamata i-site located at 45 Broadway, Matamata.

Hobbiton Movie Set is approximately 15 minutes from Matamata town centre by car.

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