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Tongariro & Hobbiton Adventure

7 days fr £1,592pp

Auckland • Matamata • Hobbiton • Rotorua • Taupo • Whakapapa Village • Tongariro Crossing • Wellington

Save £150pp plus car hire · 7 nights fr £2,295 pp (Including flights)

Bring the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit to life with this 7 day tour taking in the key filming locations across the North Island. Starting in Auckland, highlights include the ominous peak of "Mt. Doom"and the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park as well as a visit to the thriving village of Hobbiton before ending in Wellington.

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7 nights fr £2,295pp (including flights) Valid 01/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Superior fr £1,592pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/04/2018 - 30/09/2019
Also included:
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days inclusive car hire
  • Excursions as per itineary
  • 1 Day Tongariro Crossing with Adrift
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
Overview
This week-long, self-drive adventure takes in the full length of New Zealand's North Island, from Auckland to Wellington, visiting many of the shooting locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as stunning national parks and fascinating Maori villages. Along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about New Zealand's history, as well as its flora and fauna, including an unforgettable evening of Maori culture.
Day 1
Auckland
You'll be met on arrival at the airport and driven to your accommodation. This afternoon, you'll enjoy a half-day tour of Auckland, taking in the city centre and the heritage suburb of Ponsonby before crossing the harbour bridge to admire the spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. You'll visit New Zealand's Americas Cup racing precinct – the Viaduct Harbour – as well as the Queen Street shopping district and The Domain – 75 hectares of gardens, ponds and public art spaces that's also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. You'll make a stop for afternoon tea in historic Parnell Village, then head to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park to enjoy the tranquil formal gardens and the panoramic view over the Eastern Bays before returning to downtown Auckland.
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Day 2
Auckland to Matamata, Hobbiton and Rotorua
After breakfast this morning you'll be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the depot to collect your rental car. You'll then head south, through the lush dairy pastures of the Waikato region, to the Bombay Hills, where you'll turn inland towards Matamata. This is the real Middle Earth, the location for much of the filming of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. You'll visit the actual set of Hobbiton, where you can wander through The Shire, take an escorted tour or even enjoy a hearty hobbit banquet. Just south of Matamata is the township of Tirau, where you may like to browse the many craft and antique stores. As you approach the city of Rotorua you'll see steam rising from the roadside and surrounding hills – an indication of the region's geothermal activity. The outstanding Rotorua Museum is an ideal place to learn more about the history and culture of the local Maori tribes, while the nearby Ohinemutu Village is the site of the first Maori settlement in the area. Of course Rotorua is also a great place to enjoy many other activities, including, fishing, 4WD trips, spa treatments, mountain biking, hiking and helicopter and float plane trips.
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Day 3
Rotorua
Today you'll visit Rainbow Springs, to admire some of New Zealand's native flora and fauna. Stroll through the lush park, see the spring-fed pool with rainbow, brown and tiger trout, then visit the aviaries, home to species including kea, kaka, tui, kereru and kiwi. The tuatara, known as New Zealand's living dinosaur, can also be seen here. Don't miss the chance to visit New Zealand's national animal at the Kiwi Conservation Centre, where you can learn about the efforts being made to increase the numbers of kiwi eggs being hatched and returned to the wild. Today you'll also enjoy a thrilling Rotorua Forest Canopy Tour, a three-hour adventure through the beautiful forest canopy via a network of trails, tree platforms, ziplines and swing bridges, accompanied by guides who will share their passion and knowledge with you. Later, you'll head for Mitai Maori Village, where you'll paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream to enjoy an evening of traditional Maori performances and demonstrations, followed by a traditionally cooked hangi meal – an unforgettable experience.
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Day 4
Rotorua to Taupo
Today you'll drive through the heart of the Central North Island volcanic plateau, visiting the Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland, home to the spectacular Lady Knox Geyser, and Waimangu Volcanic Valley before arriving in the town of Taupo. You may like to make the slight detour en route to visit the spectacular Huka Falls, where you can take a thrilling jet boat ride, or visit the nearby Craters of the Moon geothermal reserve. At Taupo you'll find a host of shops, bars and cafes, as well as activities including bungee jumping, sky diving, fishing, kayaking, sailing and horse riding. The town is also home to Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, a former volcanic caldera, on which you'll take a scenic cruise to view some remarkable Maori rock carvings.
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Day 5
Taupo to Whakapapa Village
This morning you'll follow the edge of Lake Taupo for the short scenic drive to the small township of Turangi, one of the world's best trout fishing locations, where you may like to visit the National Trout Centre. Afterwards, it's a short drive to Lake Rotopounamu, a lovely spot for swimming, strolling or just relaxing, and then on to Tongariro National Park. This is New Zealand's oldest national park, established in 1887, and only the fourth place on earth to be given recognition as a World Heritage area. Within it you'll find three volcanoes, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna, and two of New Zealand's largest ski fields.
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Day 6
Tongariro Crossing
Today you'll be guided along the Tongariro Crossing, an unforgettable walk through Tongariro National Park and World Heritage Area, taking in the three volcanoes and exploring this landscape of craters, volcanic rocks, mountain springs and brightly coloured emerald lakes.
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Day 7
Whakapapa Village to Wellington
Today you'll make your way through the Rangipo Desert towards the military town of Waiouru, home to the New Zealand Army museum and a unique collection of military history. You'll then continue south to the rural towns of Taihape, Mangaweka and Bulls, before arriving on the spectacular Kapiti Coast, where you may like to take a short detour to the quaint seaside town of Paraparaumu. Finally, you'll arrive in Wellington City, where you'll have time to explore before dropping your rental car at the airport depot, ready for your onward journey.
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