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12 Day Lord of the Rings South Island

12 Day Lord of the Rings South Island

12 Day Lord of the Rings South Island

12 Day Lord of the Rings South Island

12 Day Lord of the Rings South Island

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
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Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car at Christchurch airport on arrival. The remainder of your day is free to explore the Garden City, perhaps stroll the tree-lined pathways of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, take a tour on a double decker bus or a punt on the River Avon.
Day 2: Christchurch - Nelson
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Motel
  • Highlights: Head north across North Canterbury's fertile green plains featuring sheep and dairy farms, vineyards and small rural towns. North of the Hunderlee hills Kaikoura's spectacular, rugged coastline comes into view. Keep an eye out for fur seals which are often seen basking on the rocky foreshore. Take time to enjoy this seaside town, renowned for being a marine wildlife mecca for whale and dolphin watching.
    Follow the sweeping coast to reach the Marlborough region, famed for its abundant wine growing industry. Swathes of vineyards reach across the rolling hillsides. The marina town of Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds preludes the drive through the lush native bush of Rai Valley to the picturesque harbour city of Nelson, one of New Zealand's prettiest and sunniest cities.

    Christchurch to Nelson driving time: approx 6 hours
Day 3: Nelson - free day for optional activities
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  • Highlights: The sunniest region in New Zealand with a geography that captures everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps a day trip to the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park for beach swimming, a boat cruise or beach & bush walk or visit the World of Wearable Arts Museum. Local wine tours and cellar doors promote outstanding local wines. Bike the cycle trails through vineyards and orchards, along stretches of white sand coastline, beaches and bays.
    Visit Jens Hansen's jewellery store, where the original LOTR Ring was manufactured.
Day 4: Nelson - Hokitika
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  • Highlights: Admire the charming and quaint small towns of this region as you depart Nelson, south bound for West Coast's Hokitika. Transcend through the scenic Spooners Range with its shades of green bush and forest to Murchison, skirting the Kahurangi National Park. The spectacular Buller Gorge swing bridge (New Zealand's longest) takes you to a number of bush walks ranging from 15 minutes to an hour. A short detour to visit Westport, the West Coast's oldest town is worthwhile. The road trip south via Punakaiki to Greymouth is considered one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. Pause to view the spectacular pancake rock formations at Punakaiki. Hokitika is a "cool little town" with a multitude of great shops, galleries and cafes right on the beach where brilliant sunsets are the order of the day.

    Nelson to Hokitika driving time: approx 4 hours, 45 mins
Day 5: Hokitika - Franz Josef Glacier
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  • Highlights: The small township of Franz Josef is home to the Franz Josef Glacier
  • a huge river of ice that has squeezed down the valleys to just 250m above sea level. Enjoy a scenic flight, glacier walk, one of the many short walks around the village or relax in the hot pools complex set within the rain forest.

    Hokitika to Franz Josef driving time: approx 1 hour, 45 mins
Day 6: Franz Josef - Wanaka
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  • Highlights: Pass through the alpine village of Fox Glacier, perhaps take to visit the glacier or nearby Lake Mathieson, famous for reflecting a near-perfect image of Aoraki Mount Cook. Continue your drive south past Lake Paringa and Lake Moeraki to the rugged Tasman Sea coastline. A stop at Knights Point offers dramatic views. Through the Gates of Haast, follow the Haast River into the extraordinary, remote beauty of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Skirt the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the resort town of Wanaka with its mirror lake shores and rugged mountainous backdrop.

    Franz Josef to Wanaka driving time: approx 4 hours, 50 mins
Day 7: Wanaka - Jetboating LOTR Locations
  • Highlights: The perfect destination for outdoor adventure
  • from jet boating up the Matukituki River, outback 4WD adventure safaris, mountain biking, wild wire and tandem paragliding for those who want a bit of adventure, to more leisurely attractions such as Puzzling World, a round of golf with stunning lake views, a scenic lake cruise with a guided island walk or an escorted small group tour of local vineyards. A lakeside stroll offers impressive views up the lake towards the remote Mt Aspiring National Park. Today join a half day adventure, jet boating beneath the spectacular scenery of Glaciers & Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film locations, into world heritage Mount Aspiring National Park. Flowing from Glaciers, the pristine waters of the Matukituki River are perfect to experience river boating on the longest and most spectacular jet boat tour in New Zealand. Deep in the mountains & off the beaten track, enjoy a 50-minute nature walk through moss covered forest, waterfalls and glacier fed streams.
Day 8: To Queenstown - 4WD LOTR Tour
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  • Highlights: Meander through the fruit growing district surrounding Cromwell, perhaps call into historic Old Cromwell Town for a browse of local art galleries and cafes. The dramatic Kawarau Gorge opens to the wide Gibbston Valley with its hillsides of ruler straight grape vines. Arrive in the resort town of Queenstown, hugging the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks. A half day guided Safari of the Scenes LOTR tour by 4WD, either around Wakatipu Basin area or Glenorchy region, your choice! The Glenorchy safari visits film locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien Forest and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen plus film locations from The Hobbit Trilogy. The Wakatipu Basin safari visits film locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur's Fall, the Ford of Bruinen and more.

    Wanaka to Queenstown driving time: approx 1 hour, 15 mins

    Please note: the hotel option at Millbrook Resort is located at Arrowtown, approx 20-25 mins drove from Queenstown
Day 9: To Twizel
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  • Highlights: The colourful wine-growing Gibbston Valley, rugged Kawarau Gorge and fruit orchards surrounding Cromwell create a scenic drive en route to cross the Lindis Pass and on to the vast plain of the Mackenzie Country. Clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, stunning turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains contribute to a truly breathtaking experience. Twizel is a small township located near Aoraki Mount Cook which was originally created to provide a home for workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme. Today it is a well-positioned base for exploring the Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

    Queenstown to Twizel driving time: approx 2 hours, 40 mins
Day 10: Twizel - Christchurch
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  • Highlights: Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo create outstanding photo opportunities of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, dominated by New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Cross Burkes Pass to the peaceful rural towns of Fairlie and Geraldine, before traversing the vast Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Its location between the Pacific Ocean, snow capped Southern Alps and volcanic hills of the Banks Peninsula gives Christchurch stunning landscapes and an enticing range of attractions. Ride the historic tramway, punt on the River Avon, stroll the Botanic Gardens and enjoy vibrant restaurants and cafes.

    Twizel to Christchurch driving time: approx 4 hours
Day 11: Christchurch - Outback LOTR Tour
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  • Highlights: A full day guided LOTR Edoras Tour, visiting film sites in the remote Canterbury foothills and use of movie replicas for photos. Film locations include remote and beautiful Mt Potts High Country Station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the Capital city of the Rohan people. Enjoy unspoilt beauty, sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. Includes lunch.
Day 12: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: You have the day at leisure until you make your way to Christchurch Airport for your departure flight.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: LOTR
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$2980
$2400
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$3048
$2468
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$3160
$2580
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from Prices valid from 01 January 2018 to 30 September 2019 and are priced in NZD per person
Includes:
*Rental car as selected for 12 days, unlimited km and standard insurance (with excess)
*11 nights' accommodation at great value 3.5 to 4 star hotels or motels (as selected), 2 people sharing twin/double bed room
*Half day Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk with LOTR locations, Wanaka
*Half day guided LOTR tour in/around Queenstown & the Wakatipu Basin area
*Full day guided LOTR Edoras tour from Christchurch, including lunch
*Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

Bonus:
Full colour Lord of the Rings location guide book by Ian Brodie


This tour can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you require shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc.
  • *Rental car as selected for 12 days, unlimited km and standard insurance (with excess)
    *11 nights' accommodation at great value 3.5 to 4 star hotels or motels (as selected), 2 people sharing twin/double bed room
    *Half day Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk with LOTR locations, Wanaka
    *Half day guided LOTR tour in/around Queenstown & the Wakatipu Basin area
    *Full day guided LOTR Edoras tour from Christchurch, including lunch
    *Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
    Full colour Lord of the Rings location guide book by Ian Brodie


    This tour can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you require shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc.
Includes:
  • Rental car as selected for 12 days, unlimited km and standard insurance (with excess)
  • 11 nights' accommodation at great value 3.5 to 4 star hotels or motels (as selected), 2 people sharing twin/double bed room
  • Half day Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk with LOTR locations, Wanaka
  • Half day guided LOTR tour in/around Queenstown & the Wakatipu Basin area
  • Full day guided LOTR Edoras tour from Christchurch, including lunch
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
    Full colour Lord of the Rings location guide book by Ian Brodie


    This tour can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you require shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc.