Journey Back to Middle Earth in Luxury

Explore the filming sites of JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings saga on this 11-day luxury tour of New Zealand,

With the release of the Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s epic fantasy adventure The Hobbit, it is fortunate that this breathtaking world of lush lowlands, deep hidden valleys, and remote mystical mountains is just a plane ride away. This year, Zicasso.com invites you to journey back to JRR Tolkein’s fantasy Middle Earth with an exclusive 11-day special-value 5-star tour of New Zealand, highlighting the vivid mountain peaks, sparkling waters, and bucolic plains that comprised the filming locations of the epic Lord of the Rings saga.

 

Based in the famous cities of Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, and Queenstown, where guests will luxuriate in 5-star hotels, the real highlights of the trip include visits to the Lord of the Rings sets at Matamata’s Hobbiton, Mount Sunday’s Edoras and the rural locales near Queenstown which served as the cinematic vision for Isengard, the Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp. This 11-day, special-value package, estimated at a 40% discount off the regular price, begins at $2,645 per person, double, and includes 5-star luxury accommodations*, guided “Lord of the Rings” Tours in Hobbiton, Christchurch, and Glenorchy, intermediate automatic rental car, private airport transfers, 24/7 local travel assistance, and complimentary Travel Protection Plan.**

 

Highlights include:

 

  • Take a fascinating tour of Hobbiton, the ten acre, working sheep farm that served as a main set for Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films;
  • Enjoy a champagne picnic and jeep tour of Mount Sunday, the picturesque summit transformed into Edoras, capital city of  JRR Tolkein’s Rohan people;
  • Embark on a “safari of the scenes” by touring the rural settlements along the Dart River, locales showcased in The Lord of the Rings, Xmen, Wolverine and Chronicles of Narnia franchises;
  • Discover the Waitomo Cave on a guided boat tour that uncovers the spectacular glow worm grotto***;
  • Explore the breathtaking fiord of Doubtful Sound or the towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife of Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’***.

 

The journey to “Middle Earth” begins in Auckland, a cosmopolitan city often referred to as the “City of Sails” a splendid prospect of hundreds of yachts and leisure vessels dotting the marina, which visitors can enjoy from the windows of their luxurious suites in the new 5-star Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Guests will spend two days enjoying beautiful scenery, adrenaline pumping adventure, Polynesian culture and first class cuisine at their own pace.

 

On the third day the tour moves to the rural town of Matamata, with spectacular views of the breathtaking Kaimai Ranges, where visitors will enjoy an exclusive tour of the ten-acre Hobbiton Movie Set of Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Guides will regale visitors with the creation of Hobbiton set as well as behind-the-scenes stories from filming, and later guests will have the chance to check out the Hobbit holes for themselves, visit the Bag End, and bottle-feed the hand-reared lambs on the set, which still operates as a working sheep and beef farm.

 

After spending a day at Rotorua, an eponymously named city on the shores of the Rotorua Lake, known for its geothermal activity, geysers, and hot mud pools, the journey continues to Christchurch. The largest city in the southern island of New Zealand, Christchurch is surrounded by stunning views of the southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains. Guests will stay two nights at The George, the famous, luxury boutique hotel at the center of the city overlooking picturesque Hagley Park and the River Avon. On the sixth day visitors will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mount Potts high country station and Mount Sunday, the site of Edoras, capital city of the Rohan people.  Guests will tour Mount Sunday by jeep, hear commentary from insightful tour guides and enjoy a delicious champagne lunch amid the backdrop of crystal lakes, blue rivers, and crisp mountain air.

 

The last four nights will be spent at the 5-star Sofitel Queenstown, where travelers will have the opportunity to explore the sophisticated resort town nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with hundreds of activities from bungy jumping to arts trails in a stunning alpine setting. Most importantly, guests will enjoy a virutal “safari of the scenes” as they take an excursion to the rural locales of Glenorchy and Paradise along the Dart River, ideal filming locations for JRR Tolkein’s fortress of Isengard and the Forest of Lothlorien. The visit also includes a stop at Twelve Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp, as well as locations from other films including Xmen Origins, Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. 

 

For more information, please visit: http://www.zicasso.com/luxury-vacation-new-zealand-tours/5-star-exploration-middle-earth

 

* Accomodations include 2 nights at the 5-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (with an upgrade to Marina room view upon availability), 2 nights at the 5-star Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel in Rotorua, 2 nights at the 5-star boutique The George Hotel in Christchurch and 4 nights at the 5-star Sofitel Queenstown (with an upgrade to a Prestige suite upon availability).

** International airfare is not included.

***Optional activities incur additional fee.

 

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