Over the years, we have had many enquiries from people hoping to see ALL film locations during their trip to New Zealand. Given many locations are on private land, our Tour packages are the recommended way to see most locations in the South Island of New Zealand.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Christchurch
Check into your accommodation. Explore Christchurch central in the remaining time of the day. We suggest a ride on the tram.
DAY 2 – Christchurch
Join the popular Lord of the Rings Journey to Edoras. Travel to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday, this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital of Rohan in the LOTR trilogy. This tour includes exciting 4WD adventure through several rivers, a champagne picnic lunch, informative and entertaining commentary from local guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget!
DAY 3 – Christchurch–Wanaka
Drive down the Inland Scenic Route.
Your journey will take you across the fertile, dry plains of Canterbury passing sheep and dairy farms on the way before starting a lazy climb into the arid interior of the island. It is in this semi-desert environment that the Southern Alps of New Zealand rise from the alpine plateau and climb over 3000m (9000ft) – pretty much straight up. It is amongst this multitude of peaks that several of the snow shots were filmed for The Fellowship of the Ring.
Continue your drive south. One hour away is the Pelennor fields. Only a short drive from Twizel is the location for Gondor, the White Mountains and the Entwash, where 8 scenes from the Return of the King where filmed during 30 days of intensive filming in 2000. Here the largest battle scenes in Peter Jackson’s trilogy were filmed with up to 1500 people involved in the largest day of filming. This location is on private land and only OneRing Tours has daily access to this site by invitation from the landowners. Your knowledgeable and friendly guides will also give information about other fascinating facts about the area.
After your tour, continue your drive south to the beautiful mountain lake resort of Wanaka. Here you will stay for two nights.
DAY 4 – Wanaka
In the morning, depart from the lodge by shuttle and experience the braided and ever-changing Matukituki River. Fed by glaciers and surrounded by the peaks of Mount Aspiring National Park, the Matukituki is one of New Zealand’s most powerful and pristine jet boating rivers.
Travel this fast-flowing river through Lord of the Rings Hobbit locations, watched over by Avalanche Glacier and Tititea (Mount Aspiring).
First, you will head downstream to Lake Wanaka for spectacular views including Mou Tapu Island before re-entering the Matukituki River to jet boat upstream toward Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Area.
Along the way, your guide will share stories of the past, of how these ancient lands were carved by ice and of the first people to come here.
At the top of the River disembark the jet boat for a 40 min wilderness walk through native forest alongside a mountain stream to a waterfall.
Afternoon at leisure. We suggest a visit to Puzzling World, visit their maze and illusion room – feel the size of a hobbit!
Day 5 – Wanaka–Te Anau
Drive south for about an hour and Queenstown will spread beneath you as you descend from New Zealand’s highest alpine pass. Keep heading south and west for two more hours and you will reach Te Anau. In a quiet part of this lovely little lakeside town, you will find the Avon House B&B. Enjoy real southern hospitality, the owner of this lovely establishment also worked on the LOTR filming and offers guiding services to seldom visited and beautiful LOTR locations in the area.
DAY 6 – Te Anau
The opportunity today is to visit the majestic Doubtful or Milford Sounds (if you wish to visit both an extra night in Te Anau is recommended)
DAY 7 – Te Anau–Queenstown
Your B&B host will accompany you to the Fangorn Forest and Nen Hithoel (Mavora Lakes) in the morning.
After this tour, continue by car to Queenstown and sample its adventurous nature and good foods and wines.
DAY 8 – Glenorchy
Today enjoy an unmissable experience with the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride combined with a leisurely downstream float on our easy to use Funyaks (inflatable kayaks).
Your amazing journey begins with a wonderful jet boat ride up the Dart River deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. From here you’ll travel back down the river at your own pace in our unique Funyaks exploring pristine waters as they flow from the Southern Alps to Lake Wakatipu, hidden side streams with amazing rock pools and dramatic chasms.
Just when you think your Funyaks adventure is over, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch before heading via 4-wheel drive coach to locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth from ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.
DAY 9 – Queenstown
Leave your bags safely at your accommodation as we will take you to more Middle-Earth locations.
As one of the first LOTR companies in New Zealand, we have amassed a wonderful selection of locations, and material to bring the fantasy movies to life. No other tour can offer you what you will find on this tour.
Some tour highlights:
- Some of the finest scenery in the world. NZ$15,000 worth of weapons and costume items for you to handle and photograph.
- View and handle some “top secret” items from the making of the movies.
- Travel in small groups for a personal and interactive experience.
- A full commentary on the areas travelled through as well as all the LOTR and Hobbit gossip and stories you want to hear.
Your trip to Middle-Earth is now over and you are free to go in any direction.
Alternatively, you can fly out of Queenstown to connect to your next destination.
Depending on your time in New Zealand, you can pick and choose from these suggestions. You can self-drive between the tours and accommodations or else public transport services are available.
Package cost per person for two or more people:
December – April
- NZ$2220 in standard accommodation
- NZ$2700 in luxury accommodation
May – August
- NZ$1645 in standard accommodation
- NZ$1935 in luxury accommodation
September – November
- NZ$1780 in standard accommodation
- NZ$2240 in luxury accommodation
Family price is available on application.
- Accommodation for 8 nights
- Edoras Day Tour including lunch
- Pelennor Fields Tour
- Wanaka River Journeys Jetboat Tour
- Fangorn Forest/Mavora Lakes Tour
- Full day Dart River Jet Tour
- Touching Middle Earth Tour
- GST (taxes)
Cost Does Not Include
Rental car or connecting transport by coach or shuttle and tours not mentioned above. Should connecting coach shuttles be required between Christchurch-Twizel-Wanaka-Te Anau-Queenstown a surcharge applies.
NB. Should you wish to vary the number of nights in any location, please advise, and we will be pleased to assist with a revised quotation.
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