Road trip: New Zealand - The Great Wizard's tour - three week

From EUR 480 Campervan rental per week

Includes

  • Campervan rental
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Linen and bedding
  • 24 hour customer care helpline
Great Wizards are curious adventurers. This epic journey will guide you through all New Zealand has to offer in three weeks or more. Adventure through alpine meadows, ancient glaciers and snow-capped mountains as you experience stunning filming locations, Middle-earth activities and more. Experience friendly kiwi hospitality at its best and fully immerse yourself in the very best of New Zealand with this comprehensive adventure.
Duration: Minimum 3 weeks

Start: Auckland
Finish: Christchurch or vice versa

Possible modes of transport: car, campervan or bus

Auckland, 2-3 days

A vibrant city of harbours, beaches and islands, Auckland is known as the "City of Sails". Catch a ferry to one of the many beautiful islands, enjoy fine food and wine in the viaduct or explore the local walking tracks.

Hobbiton, ½ day

Home to the Shire, Hobbiton is an enchanting village of Hobbit-holes. Take a guided tour and experience this mythical piece of Middle-earth for yourself - all 44 Hobbit-holes have been rebuilt exactly as they appeared on film. Stop for a handle of sobering thought ale at the brand-new Green Dragon Inn, and grab a light lunch at the Shire's Rest Café. Nearby filming location: The Shire, Hobbiton

Waitomo Caves, 1 -2 days

The looming cliffs, unusual limestone rock formations and prehistoric forest at Mangaotaki Rocks formed the perfect backdrop for Middle-earth. The locations of Staddles Farm and Trollshaw Forest were filmed here, with shots including The Company arriving at a destroyed farmhouse, the exit from Troll Hoarde Cave, the Gundabad Wargs and Orcs attack and Gandalf bestowing Sting on Bilbo.   Forty-five minutes away from this filming location lies the Waitomo Caves, a fascinating labyrinth of underground sinkholes, caves and rivers all beneath rolling green farmland.  Take a walking or boat tour, try black water rafting or zip line through the darkness. Nearby filming location: Trollshaw Forest, Staddles Farm

Ruapehu, 2-4 days

Experience the desolate beauty of these diverse, beautiful lands. Hike the Tongariro Crossing, known as one of the best day walks in the world. Take a horse trek through lush forests and plains, or, if you're here in winter, you can ski on Mount Ruapehu.

Rotorua, 2-3 days

Rotorua has one of the worlds' most lively fields of geothermal activity. Explore bubbling mud pools and lands of steam and geysers, or get your adrenaline pumping with some of the great adventure activities on offer. Experience a fascinating Maori cultural show or marae stay, or soak aching limbs in one of the many naturally-heated mineral pools.

Wellington, 2-3 days

Located at the southernmost tip of the North Island, Wellington is home to Weta Workshop and the Weta Cave. Here, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making magic in action. Indulge in the city's buzzing food and wine scene, and enjoy a cable-car ride to the Kelburn lookout for expansive harbour views.

Nelson, 2-3 days

At the northern tip of the South Island, Nelson is the sunniest place in New Zealand. Ferries run between Wellington and nearby Picton, or you can take a short flight. Known for its stunning beaches and lush national parks, it's a place you can easily spend a couple of days' exploring. Filming locations: Chetwood Forest, Dimrill Dale, south of Rivendell

Kaikoura, 1-2 days

Kaikoura is on the east coast of the South Island, lying between the rugged seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. Whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters and the area is famous for its marine mammal encounters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining.

West Coast Glaciers, 1-3 days

The South Island's West Coast is a region of lush native bush, deep blue lakes and snow-capped peaks. It's home to two of New Zealand's most spectacular glaciers, the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier, which both run down to the river valley below. Nearby filming locations: lighting of the beacons

Queenstown, 2-3 days

Surrounded by stunning mountains and a crystal-clear lake, Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations. Get your adrenalin pumping with a skydive or bungy jump, have a go on the slopes or enjoy picturesque dining locations. Nearby filming locations: The Ford of Brunein, The Gladden Fields, Sindarin Pillars of the Kings, Isengard, Lothlorien

Fiordland, 2-3 days

One of the most enchanting places in New Zealand, Fiordland is home to waterfalls that cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords and ancient rainforest that clings to towering mountains. Unique creatures swim deep under dark lakes and granite peaks shimmer in the sun - try the Milford Track, a 4 day hike through enormous valleys and pristine lakes. Or, explore the sounds with a boat cruise or kayak.

Central Otago, 2-4 days

Relax in sunny Central Otago amidst alpine herb fields and fast flowing rivers. Renowned for its delicious food and wine culture, sip on a glass of pinot and feast on fresh gourmet delights. If you've got energy to burn, ride the Central Otago Rail Trail - this four-day adventure follows the route of the old railway, and you'll stop in at charming small towns full of gold rush history on the way.

Christchurch, 1-3 days

You final stop is Christchurch, an eclectic city of elegance and contemporary culture. Cycle along the picturesque Avon River, mountain bike down well-worn tracks in the Port Hills and enjoy delicious dining options in the central city. You can say goodbye to Middle-earth and head home from Christchurch International Airport.

 

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