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Adventure to the Middle Earth

3 nights from €849 per person

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Overview

Venture to Middle Earth and discover the fascinating Maori culture on this fantastic three-night tour. Starting and ending in Auckland, this adventure will take you to some of the Lord of the Rings’ best filming locations, including The Shire and Hobbiton at the township of Matamata.

After your journey to Middle Earth, you’ll have ample opportunity to discover the stunning natural beauty of Rotorua, including Lake Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, all the while enjoying a variety of Maori cultural experiences, including Maori Hangi feasts and watching crafters at work at Te Puia.

Highlights

  • Discover some of the Lord of the Rings’ film locations, including The Shire, Hobbiton and the Hobbit holes
  • Explore Te Puia and learn about the Maori culture
  • Visit impressive geysers and boiling mud pools at Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
  • See endangered kiwi at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Enjoy a lunch cruise on Lake Rotorua
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast

 

Details

Day 1

Auckland – Rotorua

Your tour will start early in the morning, where you’ll travel through luscious farmland, passing Rangiriri (the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site) along the way. Soon you’ll arrive in Waitomo for an exciting tour through the Waitomo Caves with a local guide, before enjoying a silent boat ride through the stunning Glow Worm Grotto.

Later on in the day you’ll cross the Central North Island and begin your journey through Middle Earth. Begin with exploring the township of Matamata, home to the private farm that was transformed into The Shire for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series. Hobbiton, the home of Bilbo and Frodo, is another port of call, and you’ll also enjoy a guided tour to find out how the sets were created – including the Hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Superior)

Lunch included.

Day 2

Rotorua

Your second day will begin with a trip to Te Puia, a cultural site where you’ll be immersed in fascinating Maori tradition, watching master carvers and weavers at work and discovering the amazing Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, a beautiful scene of geysers and bubbling pools of boiling mud.

Next you’ll visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see kiwi in the nocturnal viewing house to learn more about the area’s conservation efforts to protect these wonderful yet endangered birds. There’s plenty more exotic wildlife to see too.

Afterwards you’ll head to Agrodome, a working farm where you’ll delve into New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a one hour lunch cruise around Lake Rotorua on the historic Lakeland Queen paddle boat. During your trip you’ll marvel at the sights of Hinemoa’s Point, Kawaha Point, and Sulphur Bay, before ending the day with a Maori Hangi feast and concert on a local Marae.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Superior)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3

Rotorua – Auckland

The day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure, before returning through the lush farmland to Auckland.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) or The Langham Hotel Auckland (Superior)

Breakfast included

Day 4

Auckland

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included.

  • Accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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