10 Day Middle Earth Odyssey

A fantastic journey through the heart of New Zealand. A great mixture of scenery & adventure.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland    Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 10 Days
Departs Daily


Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Rotorua Hangi & concert
  • Wellington
  • Mount Cook
  • Safari of the Scenes Tour 
  • Queenstown
  • Fox Glacier
  • TranzAlpine Train
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Day 1: Auckland - Hobbiton - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua
Departing Auckland by luxury coach, you travel South through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. First stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set. During your guided tour you'll see highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and more. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After you've had your fill of movie magic, sit down to lunch - a delicious feast worthy of a true hobbit - outside the Green Dragon Inn. Your next stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, you travel to Rotorua arriving in the early evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 2: Free Day in Rotorua
Full day at leisure in the geothermal city of Rotorua.  We are happy to recommend & book activities for you if you wish.  Perhaps visit the Agrodome for a farm tour, take a stroll along the lakefront or venture further out of the city and visit Wai-o-tapu & Waimangu Thermal Valleys. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 3: Rotorua - Wellington
Depart Rotorua and travel south past Lake Taupo and on through the Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngaruahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu beforing arriving into our capital city of Wellington.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Quality Hotel or similar
Day 4: Free Day in Wellington
Today you have a full day at leisure to explore New Zealand's capital city and the birth place of Sir Peter Jackson. We are happy to suggest sightseeing options. Perhaps a visit to Weta Cave, Te Papa Museum, take a ride up the Cable Car or head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town!
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Quality Hotel or similar
Day 5: Wellington - Christchurch
Today you have the option of spending the morning in Wellington or taking an early flight to Christchurch to spend the day there. You will need to make your own flight arrangements to fly between Wellington and Christchurch – you can arrange your flight at anytime today. Airport transfers in Wellington and Christchurch are included. 
Accommodation: Quest Apartments, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 6: Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Time for lunch (own cost) or take one of the many alpine walks in the area. Depart for Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 7: Safari of the Scenes Half Day 4WD Tour
Take a morning 4WD tour that is perfect 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 mountain scenes throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a bird’s eye view onto Deer Park Heights which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Other highlights of the morning include the Kawarau Gorge and Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Near Arrowtown you will experience some true off road adventure. 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. Tour ends back in Queenstown at 12.30pm with the afternoon at leisure for your own exploring in this resort town.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 8: Free Day in Queenstown
Today you have a full day at leisure in Queenstown.  Perhaps take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu or venture out of Queenstown for the day for a trip to Milford or Doubtful Sounds.  Ask at time of booking if you are interested in Milford or Doubtful Sounds as a day tour add on.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 9: Queenstown - Fox Glacier
Leaving Queenstown we travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. The Haast Pass is our southern most pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast.  After arriving at Fox Glacier you will be collected by shuttle and transferred to the glacier carpark.  From the carpark you can walk to a glacier look out point. (This walk is unguided).
Accommodation: The Westhaven Motel, Distinction Hotel or similar.
Day 10: Fox Glacier - Greymouth - Christchurch
Travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer on to the world famous TranzAlpine Train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast including the lush rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the "Garden City" of Christchurch.

* Note: Between May & mid September the Coastal Pacific Train will not be operating (closed for winter season). Travel during this period will be by coach.

This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$4,140 per person NZ$5,285 per person
Double NZ$3,015 per person NZ$3,600 per person
Triple NZ$2,835 per person NZ$3,235 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, laundry, travel insurance and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.


Independent tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
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