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Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour

See stunning scenery and some of the most fascinating film locations from the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies on this Private Multi Day Tour with us. Step in Frodo’s and Bilbo’s footprints and explore the wonderful Hobbiton Movie Set in Middle Earth as well as the extensive “Hairy Feet” Scenic Film Location. Marvel at the deserted fields of Mordor and see stunning Mt Ngauruhoe, also called Mt Doom in “The Lord of the Rings”.

  • See quaint river towns, mountains and beautiful scenery in the Waikato, King Country and Tongariro National Park
  • Visit the world famous Waitomo Caves
  • See a Kiwi Bird up close at the Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Explore the famous and iconic movie set of Hobbiton home to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies
  • Enjoy the Tongariro National Park where many of the scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ were filmed
  • Walk the famous Tongariro Crossing if time permits
  • View the spectacular Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
  • Spend an adventurous day in Rotorua, the centre of New Zealand’s famous Maori culture and at the end of your day enjoy a unique Maori Cultural Show
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursLord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursLord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursLord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursLord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursLord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours
Full Itinerary & Rates

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Waitomo
Start your tour with us in Auckland where we pick you up in one of our luxury Mercedes vehicles at your hotel, at the airport or at your preferred location to start our journey to the Waitomo Caves. We suggest pick-up at 8am but are happy to fit in with your requirements.

On the 2 ½ hour drive south we follow the mighty Waikato River through the rich, rolling farmland of the Waikato region and the King Country. We pass through a string of small, historic river towns, including Ngaruawahia, site of Turangawaewae Marae (traditional Maori meeting place) and seat of Aotearoa’s (New Zealand's) Maori King. Along the way, we pass by the impressive volcano Mount Pirongia as we near the famous Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo is an amazing natural wonderland which offers a vast range of unique sights and experiences. Explore the Kiwi House in Otorohanga, where you can see the Kiwi, our national bird and emblem, as well as many of our native New Zealand flora and fauna. When we arrive at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, you can experience a 45 minute tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Alternatively, you can experience a 3 hour tour which includes both a spectacular Glowworm display and gently floating through a spectacular display of Glowworms and also another cave which showcases beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Lastly, you can also experience the thrill of cave tubing (also called black water rafting), a more adventurous caving option that many of our guests also enjoy!

Accommodation at or near Waitomo Caves.

Day 2: Waitomo to Piopio & on to Tongariro National Park
After a short drive to Piopio just south of Waitomo Caves, you have the option to visit the “Hairy Feet” Scenic Film location where about 22 minutes (!) of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was filmed. You can simulate movie scenes, step in Gandalf’s footprints and even hold Bilbo’s sword! On the tour you will also see towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and a primeval forest on the farm that was chosen as the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaw Forest from “The Hobbit - an Unexpected Journey”.

After spending the morning in the beautiful Waikato region, we will continue our way south to the world’s 4th oldest national park, Tongariro National Park, where many scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” were filmed. On the way to Whakapapa, at the foot of the North Island’s highest mountain Mt Ruapehu (2797m), you may be able to see Mt Taranaki - an active volcano which is reputed to have been used as model for the Lonely Mountain from “The Hobbit” movies - in the distance.

We then arrive at Tongariro National Park where much of the latter part of Frodo’s and Bilbo’s long journey was filmed for “The Lord of the Rings”. On and around the rocky slopes of this active volcanic area, see the place that was used as the home of the Dark Lord Sauron. Beautiful Mt Ngauruhoe was transformed into Mt Doom, where you have the option to book a scenic flight or helicopter flight to look into the crater of Mt Ngauruhoe (2291m), which featured as Mt Doom in “The Lord of the Rings”. You can, as another option the next day, walk the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This walk is reputed to be one of the world’s finest one day walks. Having walked this ourselves, we completely agree!

You have the option to spend the night at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel which is situated at the foot of Mt Ruapehu and is one of the most iconic hotels in New Zealand. The “Lord of the Rings” team also stayed there for several weeks during filming.

The other option we can offer you is to also include a trout fishing experience in various locations at or around Lake Taupo, which has the reputation to be one of the world’s best Trout fishing locations. If you choose this option you can also spend the night in beautiful Turangi, a small town on the Tongariro River, instead of beside Mount Ruapehu.

Accommodation options for this night are at Mount Ruapehu, Turangi or Taupo – depending on your interests.

Day 3: Tongariro National Park - Rotorua
On the way to Rororua we stop at a spectacular viewpoint of Huka Falls on New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato River, which starts as an outflow from Lake Taupo. Marvel at the impressive Aratiatia Rapids, an amazing spectacle when a lock in the Waikato River is lifted and the river is allowed to roar through at amazing force and speed a few times per day. The Aratiatia Rapids were also used in one of the most spectacular scenes in the latest “The Hobbit” movies.

We then head north towards Rotorua across the central volcanic plateau. The famous region is home to several of New Zealand’s most impressive thermal parks and we suggest visiting at least one of Wai-o-Tapu, Orakei Korako or Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Here you can experience the full might and majesty of this unique and spectacular volcanic landscape, which Rotorua and Taupo are so famous for.

We continue on to Rotorua itself, where we catch our first glimpses of the shimmering blue lake with bush-clad Mokoia Island at its centre.

After settling into your accommodation at our specially chosen hotel (we have a range of hotel and accommodation options for you, depending on your preferences and budget), in the evening we highly recommend a unique Maori cultural experience in Rotorua. Here you can enjoy a traditional Kai Maori (Maori food) cooked in a Hangi (earth oven) and enjoy a performance of song and dance in a traditional Maori village setting, including the Haka, the Maori war dance made famous by our national Rugby Team, the “All Blacks”. Alternatively, our hotel is perfectly placed close to a range of Rotorua’s finest attractions, offering you the opportunity to explore more of Rotorua on foot at your leisure.

Accommodation in Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua to Auckland
The next morning on day 4 and as part of your
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit 4 Day Private Luxury Tour with us, we can show you (all part of our tour):
• Rotorua City with the Government Gardens and seeing the outside of Rotorua Museum, which not only holds some of New Zealand’s most fascinating collections but is also housed in the stunning old Victorian bath house in the centre of the beautiful Government Gardens.

• Rotorua Lake Front with view across to the magical Mokoia Island.
• Time-permitting, Redwood Forest (widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful forests)
• Blue Lake & Green Lakes
• Lake Tarawera with the peak of Mount Tarawera towering above the lake.
We can also arrange extra tour options (at your cost) to cater for your particular preferences and abilities. They include:
• Helicopter or floatplane flights to see both Rotorua and Lake Rotorua, as well as many amazing volcanic sights from above. This can include a helicopter tour and landing on White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano.
• Te Puia, Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, to see iconic geysers, mud pools, Maori carving and weaving plus our national bird, the Kiwi.
• Skyline Gondola, which will swing you up to the top of Mount Ngongotaha for a spectacular view and the Luge, on which you can race downhill having lots of fun!
• The Polynesian Spa, on the site of one of Rotorua’s historic bath houses in the lovely Government Gardens, is also home to one of the world’s best spas. Here you can steep yourself in luxury and well-being as well as history. This is also a great option on the evening of day 2 if you prefer this to the Maori cultural evening.
• Rotorua Museum with great displays about this beautiful region.
• The Agrodome, where you can experience all the magic of New Zealand farming, with a fascinating range of agricultural shows and displays.

On our way back to Auckland, we can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, which shot to stardom as “Hobbiton” in Director Peter Jackson’s iconic films “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. Please also see our Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set Private Luxury Tour as a 1-day option from Auckland. Starts in Auckland/ Ends in Auckland. Drop-off in other locations such as Rotorua or Taupo also possible - please just ask! 

We return you to your Auckland accommodation, cruise ship, airport or other location in the evening to suit your further travel plans, usually at about 5 to 6pm.

Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit 4 Day Private Luxury Tour from Auckland includes pick up and drop off at your Auckland city accommodation or other location such as airport of cruise terminal, plus our comprehensive, expert and friendly guiding during your tour. Also included are all taxes and park fees plus guide accommodation during the tour.

Please note: Your accommodation, meals and entry fees to attractions/tours are not included in the price of the tour, but we are happy to arrange and book your preferred hotel and attractions for you.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

Rates: 01 April & 30 September (Low Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $345
4 Adults price per adult per day: $395
3 Adults price per adult per day: $495
2 Adults price per adult per day: $695

Rates: 01 October & 31 March (High Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $395
4 Adults price per adult per day: $445
3 Adults price per adult per day: $545
2 Adults price per adult per day: $745


Children 4-11 years 50% off adult price

This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.

Tour Type: Private Tour

View our Additional Information section below for a breakdown on the difference between Small Group Tours and Private tours, along with all inclusions explained.
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully guided service in luxury vehicle with pick-up/drop-off within Auckland’s Downtown area including Cruise wharf terminal (for airport transfer please refer to our private tours)
  • Complimentary snacks
  • All taxes
  • Driver/Host-Guide Expenses

Please bring: Outdoor clothing for the day’s weather conditions and sensible flat walking shoes, sun hat, sunscreen, your camera and a smile

Age Information:

  • Adults are from 12 years
  • Children's age is between 4 and 11 years
  • Infants age is 0-3 years (Please note: we are only able host infants on our Private Tours)
  • Our Private Tours can be for any number of guests

General Information:

  • Accommodation, Attractions/Entry Fees and Meals (unless specified) are not included;
  • All tours are able to be booked as Auckland Shore Excursions from Cruise ships berthed at the port of Auckland;
  • All our Private Tours can be offered in foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and others but are subject to availability and additional fees apply. Please request this additional service at the time of booking along with any other special client requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, mobility issues, medical information / equipment requests, children’s ages for NZ child seat rules, special reasons for travel, etc);
  • On Private Tours, pick-up and drop-off locations can be from your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pick-up is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving your mobile phone number with the booking. This will ensure we are able to contact and locate you if required, when we are not picking up directly from your accommodation.

Our Different Tour Types:

Small Group Tours are operated on a non-exclusive basis with other guests min 2 pax and max 15 pax and are priced on a per person basis.

Private Tours
are operated exclusively for our guests and are priced per day per passenger for any group size from 1 pax to any number required.

Please note: when we incorporate visits to attractions on Private Tours (these must be specifically stated as included, otherwise entry fees to attractions are NOT included on our Private Tours), these may or may not be private depending on what is booked. Our Private Tours on the other hand will be private just for your party.

Cancellation Policy:

Click here to view our most up to date Cancellation Policy located on our Terms and Conditions page.
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