5-star Journey to Middle Earth!

Luxurious New Zealand Adventure

10 days from $

Journey beneath southern skies and discover a land reminiscent of JRR Tolkien's fantasy world of lush lowlands barren wastelands, deep hidden valleys and remote mystical mountains.

Overview

Overview

This Middle Earth adventure includes:
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 5-star luxury hotels
  • Stay 2 nights at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Cruise to Waiheke Island for a wine tasting tour
  • Explore the Waitomo Caves and Glowworm Grotto
  • Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm
  • Stay 2 nights at Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, Rotorua including breakfast
  • Take an eco-thermal tour of Rotorua
  • Maori Cultural Experience and Hangi Feast Dinner
  • Stay 2 nights at the luxury boutique hotel - The George Hotel, Christchurch
  • Enjoy a Lord of the Rings Tour in Christchurch to movie locations and stunning scenery
  • Stay 3 nights at the 5-star Sofitel Queenstown
  • Take a private tour of stunning Glenorchy and see Tolkien movie locations
  • Enjoy a Milford Sound cruise
  • Private airport transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and our complimentary Travel Protection Plan

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Auckland offers all of the things associated with a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, from beautiful scenery to adrenaline pumping adventure - and first-class food and wine. You’ll stay 2 nights at the Sofitel Auckland Harbour Auckland. New Zealand’s newest five star waterfront hotel overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

DAY 2 – WINE ON WAIHEKE

Take a picturesque 40-minute boat trip followed by a deluxe vineyard tour combines world-class wine with the beautiful surroundings of Waiheke Island.

Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton DAY 3 - AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA WITH WAITOMO CAVES AND HOBBITON TOUR

This morning depart Auckland for the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations.

Then enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. After the Movie Set tour you will be transferred to Rotorua.

Rotorua's striking gardens, cobbled streets and fascinating mix of Maori and English Tudor architecture give the city a significant point of difference. You’ll stay here 2 nights at the Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel - a beautifully appointed 5 star hotel.

DAY 4 – ECO THERMAL TOUR, MAORI CULTURE AND HANGI FEAST

Today you will experience Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks, Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your local guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand and you will see farmland, native and exotic forest, volcanoes, geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs.

Mitai

This evening gain an authentic introduction to Maori culture that will leave you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream. Enjoy your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground.

 

DAY 5 – FLY TO CHRISTCHURCH (own flight arrangements)

Welcome to Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. The Southern Alps provide a fantastic backdrop to this awesome city. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains which spread westwards towards the mountains.

On arrival in Christchurch pick up your rental car. The George, Christchurch’s famous, luxury boutique hotel, is home for the next 2 nights. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon you will find a peaceful retreat just steps from Christchurch's cultural precinct and key attractions.

DAY 6 - LORD OF THE RINGS EDORAS TOUR

Journey to see how these peaceful mountains were transformed into Edoras in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoiled beauty of this breathtaking area with its sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air.

DAY 7 – FLY TO QUEENSTOWN (own flight arrangements)

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.

The Sofitel Queenstown is where you’ll stay for the next 3 nights. The quintessential Sofitel "art de vivre" and lavish amenities complement the classic, yet distinctive design, in the heart of Queenstown.

DAY 8- SAFARI OF THE SCENES – GLENORCHY

For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the tour that really does take you there and back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable film locations and stunning natural scenery. You’ll travel from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints along the way. Beyond Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This tour also includes locations from Xmen Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

DAY 9 - MILFORD SOUND

Milford Sound is a world-renowned natural wonder where mountains stand tall, straight out of the sea. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. Whatever the fiord’s mood – brooding and wet, or tranquil in the sunshine – it will inspire you.

DAY 10 – FLY HOME (own flight arrangements)

 

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

$ for travel 01 to 30 April 2016
$ for travel 01 May to 30 June 2016
$ for travel 01 July to 31 August 2016
$ for travel 01 September to 10 October 2016
$ for travel 11 October to 30 November 2016
$ for travel 01 December 2016 to 31 March 2017
This 10 day vacation includes:
  • Accommodation and touring outlined in the Itinerary
  • New Zealand GST tax (15%)
  • Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support

Price is per person based on 2 people traveling together

Departs daily

Begins in Auckland, ends in Queenstown

Subject to availability

Prices in USD based on today's exchange rates

Currency data courtesy coinmill.com

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Vacation code: 21115NZ01

Land only - does not include international or domestic airfares