12-Day Lord Of The Rings Photography Trip in New Zealand's North Island

12 days +
17 Activities
12 Locations

Trip Summary

Middle-Earth fans, gather around and discover the best of the North Island. This Lord of the Rings themed road trip is created by the official Hobbiton™ Movie Set photographer and winner of the prestigious ‘New Zealand Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year’ award. 

Starting in Auckland, travel around in your own motorhome and visit Mordor, Mt Doom, Gollum’s Pond, Hairy Feet and the magical Glowworm Caves. You will also tour the Hobbiton™ Movie Set tour and visit the famous Weta Workshop for a behind the scenes experience and Māori Cultural Tour. 

Starting from

$1500 USD per person
100% Recommended
Shaun Jeffers

About Shaun

Shaun is an Auckland based award winning photographer specialising in commercial tourism and landscape photography. Originally from Liverpool, England, he discovered his passion for photography whilst studying film production at university. Moving to New Zealand in 2013, he focused more on tourism and has since worked extensively with some of the biggest companies across the country. Shaun is also a winner of the prestigious 'New Zealand Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year' award.

Trip Highlights

Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour
Rotorua
Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Mordor
Weta Workshop Experience & Māori Cultural Tour
Hairy Feet & Trollshaw Forest
Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Black Abyss
Glow Worm Caves
Included in Price
  • Campervan hire (Certified Self Contained)
  • Shaun's exclusive travel guide, including lesser-known Lord of the Rings locations and local tips to discover the best of New Zealand
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour
  • Tamaki Māori - Evening experience
  • Rotorua Diamond Pass (includes entrance to Te Puia, Skyline Rotorua Gondola, Agrodome, Polynesian Spa and a choice of either Rainbow Springs or Paradise Valley Springs)
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Shuttle Bus
  • Full Experience + Kai (Lunch) - Weta Workshop
  • Hairy Feet tour
  • Black Water Rafting - Black Labyrinth Tour
  • Airport transfer
Not Included in Price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • An actual guide or host of the trip

Trip Overview

Day 1: Auckland to Hamilton

Day 1: Auckland to Hamilton

Start your trip in the vibrant harbour capital of New Zealand. Pick up your motorhome in Auckland and make your way to Hamilton. Get excited as today, you will experience the official Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour!

Activities

Pick up your motorhome [included]
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Pick up your motorhome [included]
Pick up your motorhome and start your road trip! Your vehicle is certified self-contained complete with solar power, full toilet & shower facilities giving you total flexibility to freedom camp in New Zealand safely
and comfortably. The motorhome comes with a large double bed, mountain bikes, a GPS navigation unit, outdoor camping equipment, a Kiwi welcome pack (including a bottle of NZ Premium Tohu wine!), 24/7 AA Roadside Assistance, all linen & bedding, essential kitchen items and a 24/7 WhatsApp Customer Services Support Number. We're proud to partner with Kiwi Motorhomes, a New Zealand owned and operated family business of proud Maori descent.
Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour [included]
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Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour [included]
Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
You will be guided around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.
Optional - Extra night in Auckland
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Optional - Extra night in Auckland
Have more time? Stay an extra night to explore all of Auckland's goodness. A multi-cultural hub of food and wine, music, art and culture, Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world.

The Trip in Photos

Pick up your motorhome [included]

Day 1: Auckland to Hamilton

Pick up your motorhome [included]
Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour [included]

Day 1: Auckland to Hamilton

Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour [included]
Optional - Extra night in Auckland

Day 1: Auckland to Hamilton

Optional - Extra night in Auckland
The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest

Day 2: Hamilton to Rotorua

The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest
Tamaki Māori Village [included]

Day 2: Hamilton to Rotorua

Tamaki Māori Village [included]
Huka Falls

Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo

Huka Falls
Putangirua Pinnacles - The Dimholt Road

Day 6: Taupo to Wellington

Putangirua Pinnacles - The Dimholt Road