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A Family Adventure to Middle Earth New Zealand

Middle Earth New Zealand

For your very own Lord of the Rings experience, this extraordinary family adventure is hard to beat. The journey starts with an exhilarating cruise on an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland and continues to Hobbiton, the picturesque movie set, where you’ll lose yourself amongst the hobbit holes, explore the Shire store and relax by the fire with refreshments at The Green DragonTM Inn. Afterwards a dose of Maori culture amidst the geothermal activity of Rotorua and a unique encounter with the endangered Kiwi.

Duration: 6 days


– Cruise on an America’s Cup yacht
– Visit Hobbiton where Lord of the Rings was filmed
– Experience an encounter with the endangered Kiwi


Day 1 – Arrive Auckland
Arrive into Auckland today and transfer to your accommodation. Private, spacious and welcoming, your luxurious hotel also offers impeccable service in a relaxed and intimate 5-star setting.
Overnight: Skycity Grand Hotel
Day 2 – Auckland
Join the crew of an authentic America’s Cup yacht, taking the helm, exerting yourself on deck, or sitting back and enjoying the action and scenery as you sail beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
Overnight: Skycity Grand Hotel
Meal Plan: B
Day 3 – Auckland – Rotorua
Embark on a fantastical adventure today on the Hobbiton Movie Set from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ film trilogies. Located on picturesque private farmland, the set remains exactly as it appears in the acclaimed movies. See hobbit holes, The Green Dragon™ Inn, the Mill, doublearched bridge and other structures and gardens created for the film adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien classics. Conclude your day in Rotorua.
Overnight: Solitaire Lodge
Meal Plan: B, L, D
Day 4 – Rotorua
Today, visit New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, Te Puia. Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60-hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; the world-famous Pohutu Geyser; and more than 500 geothermal wonders. Gain a fascinating insight into New Zealand’s elusive kiwi, visiting the AKP supported Kiwi Encounter. See the incubation room, hatchery and nursery where this
extraordinary project is increasing the number of this iconic endangered species. Return in the late afternoon to your lodge, where you can relax and enjoy the expansive lake views from your suite balcony, or wander through the herb gardens overlooking the lagoon.
Overnight: Solitaire Lodge
Meal Plan: B, L, D
Day 5 – Rotorua
Take a helicopter flight today, landing on the site of the largest volcanic eruption in New Zealand’s recent history. Standing atop Mount Tarawera, you will be treated to a privileged view of the spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Next land on White Island and walk the active crater floor with its steaming lake.
Overnight: Solitaire Lodge
Meal Plan: B, L, D
Day 6 – Depart Rotorua
Transfer to Rotorua for your departing flight.
Meal Plan: B
To discuss this itinerary please contact Dave Pope on 01926 658797 or email escape@popeandsons.co.uk