12 days +
Discover the ultimate Lord Of The Rings locations in the North Island through the eyes of the official Hobbiton and past winner of the prestigious “New Zealand Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year” photographer. This trip will take you to hiking to Mordor, visiting Mt Doom, Gollum's Pond and the awesome Hairy Feet pinnacles. You'll also get to tour official Hobbiton movie set, Glow Worm caves and learn behind the scenes props, weapons and costumes at Weta Workshop.
$2300 USD per person
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 a past winner of the prestigious “New Zealand Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year”.
Hobbiton Movie Set tour
Maori Experience and dinner
Visit Gollum's pond
Hike to Mordor
Experience the Weta Workshop
Visit Hairy Feet at Piopio
Glow Worm Caves
Included in Price
- All accommodation
- Ground transportation
- Airport transfers
- Paid activities
- Access to the storyteller's interactive guide (including lots of free activities and helpful tips)
Not Included in Price
- Travel insurance
- Entry visas / airport departure tax
- Personal expenses
- An actual guide / host of the trip (Airguides trips are unhosted)
Auckland is the capital of New Zealand. Auckland airport services most major airlines so it's an obvious spot to start your trip. This vibrant harbour city is a great city to explore on foot.
Haka Hotel - Auckland
Hip lodging offering chic apartments with kitchenettes, Wi-Fi & balconies, some with harbor views.
Hamilton city is the biggest city in the Waikato region. It's close to the Blue Pools which must be seen to be believed, but it's also an excellent place to visit Hobbiton Movie set from.
Hobbiton Movie Set
Visit one of my favourite places to take photos, Hobbiton. Experience the real middle-earth just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty
Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
Blue Pool Springs
Some of the clearest water you will see anywhere. The Blue Springs produce some of the purest water anywhere in the world and supplies 70 percent of New Zealand's bottled water. This is definitely worth the trip
out from Hamilton and the short hike.
With awesome coffees, healthy cabinet food and a great all-day menu, on a lovely day you can sit outside and enjoy watching the day go by. It's definitely a favourite with locals and even cyclists out on a ride
so you're bound to see a wide range of people enjoying their daily caffeine fix.
Hamilton Gardens is one of NZ's best free activities and a place you can easily spend half a day at wandering through the amazing variety of themed gardens. The gardens are constantly being developed and new gardens added
all the time so with each visit there's always something new to see. Be transported around the world to Italy, Japan, China, India and more as you wander through at your own pace
Rotorua is a photographers dream location. You can pick the more popular spots such as the famous geothermal sites, experience traditional Maroi shows, skyline gondola, rainbow springs or Aerodrome sheep show. Or experience some of the best night time skies or sunrise at Lake Tarawera.
When culture and geothermal activity mix you get Te Puia springs. Included as part of your diamond pass you'll get to experience the awesome power of this geothermal activity and learn about Maori culture.
Tamaki Maori Village
Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with Tamaki Māori Village, the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi
feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time.
Explore the enchanting Redwood Forest of Rotorua. Over 5600 hectares of Californian Redwoods awaits you to enjoy and explore at your leisure. If you love the outdoors and want to experience nature at its best this
area is definitely for you!
Taupo is where you will find some of the best middle-earth sites. Spend a day hiking to Mordor across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is known as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand. You'll also see one of New Zealand's most powerful waterfalls at Huka falls and visit the scene of Gollum's fishing pools.
You’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see the them – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato River
below. This incredible spectacle is the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand – it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the endless, mesmerising torrent.
Visit Mordor (Tongariro Alpine Crossing)
Known as New Zealand's best day walk Tongariro Alpine Crossing is worth the effort. It's a 19 km hike through landscape made famous in the trilogy as the scene of Mordor. You'll take a shuttle bus from Taupo to
the start of the hike. It's recommended you have a medium level of fitness, but if you're planning a day hike on your trip make it this one.
This small little harbour city just oozes coolness. Wellington has a great food and coffee scene and is home to some of the best craft breweries and restaurants in the country. Here you will also find the Weta Workshop where a lot of the props, makeup and costumes are created for the Lord Of The Rings movies.
The Dimholt Road (Putangirua Pinnacles)
Two hours east of Peter Jackson's home town of Wellington, the Putangirua Pinnacles provided the perfect backdrop for the Dimholt Road (aka The Paths to the Dead), featuring in The Lord of the Rings - The Return
of the King. It's definitely one of the more challenging LOTR locations to get to, as it involves a bit of a scramble to reach the exact filming spots. From the top end of the car park, walk along the streambed for about 10 minutes. From here, you can either turn left onto the steep bush track up to the lookout, or continue along the creek. This is a great stop on your way to Wellington.
Weta Workshop - Full Experience + Kai (Lunch)
Embark on a journey through Wellington's award-winning Weta Studio & Workshop. Immerse yourself in blockbuster behind-the-scenes magic from LOTR, Hobbiton as well as countless other Hollywood blockbusters. Take
a 5-hour experience with 2 film effects tours, 2-course lunch and drink on the waterfront, plus exclusive souvenir.
Mt Ngauruhoe or otherwise known as Mt Doom from the film trilogies is located right near Ohakune. Being New Zealand's most active volcano you get a sense of why Peter Jackson picked it as the awe inspiring Mt Doom.
Hike Mt Taranaki
There are so many hikes on the mountain with amazing views of the peak that you're really spoilt for choice. One of the best views is the reflection of the mountain in Pouakai Tarn.
The Three Sisters
The coastline north of Taranaki is one of the fastest moving in the world. In the few short years I've visited and captured images here, I've seen extraordinary changes - first the loss of the famous Elephant Rock and
more recently the arch. It's incredible to see the rock structures appearing as they break away from the mainland cliffs, but you never know just how long they'll last so I try to take any opportunity to visit and make the most of the amazing views down the coast - you can see as far as Mt Taranaki on a good day
Discover Waitomo home of New Zealand's world-famous tourist attractions. Waitomo Glowworm caves and also the vast limestone formations known in the trilogy as Hairy Feet filming location.
Join a tour to Hairy Feet. Visit the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio, near Waitomo, where the troll and campfire scenes in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were filmed. Towering limestone cliffs,
massive rock formations and a primeval forest on the Denize family farm became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws
Glow Worm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. This cave
is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave. This tour will take you deep into the cave system while you learn from an expert guide.
Raglan is a place that attracts adventurous surfers and beach lovers from New Zealand and beyond. One of the coolest beach towns in New Zealand it's a great place to stop. Check out the black sand surf beaches or kick back and relax in one of the trendy bars of cafes for the afternoon.
Discover Waikato's hidden jewel! Raglan's unique limestone Coast, private bays and beaches; is all just a short paddle away. Raglan Kayak's Tour & Rentals are suitable for everyone. No experience necessary! We're
On-Call daily from Bow street jetty.
Where the mighty Waikato River meets the ocean, Port Waikato is a surfing hot spot in the summer months. Journey south along the coast to the Nikau caves and past the limestone outcrops in the surrounding hills
which were the setting for Weathertop Hollow in The Lord of The Rings.
Finish your trip in New Zealand's vibrant capital city.