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New Zealand LotR tour companies?

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Jun 26 2013, 6:00pm

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New Zealand LotR tour companies? Can't Post


I plan to travel to NZ in December and am wondering if anyone can recommend a good company for a fun tour of LotR/Hobbit film sites.

I can't spend a fortune, but I would perhaps be willing to go up to $1K US.

Any advice appreciated.

Thank you.

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Jun 26 2013, 7:47pm

Post #2 of 13 (137 views)
Here are a few for you: [In reply to] Can't Post

Hobbiton Tours: http://www.hobbitontours.com/

Red Carpet Tours: http://redcarpet-tours.com/

Edoras, Lord of the Rings Tours: http://www.hasslefreetours.co.nz/tours/lord-of-the-rings

Nomad Safaris LOTR tours: http://www.nomadsafaris.co.nz/...i-of-the-scenes.html

I've been to Hobbiton (fantastic!) and on a Nomad Safaris tour (really enjoyable) - although one option in Queenstown is to buy Ian Brodie's LOTR location guidebook, hire a car and drive yourself as many of the sites are quite close to each other.


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Jun 26 2013, 8:16pm

Post #3 of 13 (120 views)
Thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

You know, I'm pretty comfortable in rental cars etc. so maybe that is the simplest plan after all.

And if I'm going to be on the S. Island anyway, I presume it would be fairly easy to hook up with a LotR tour company if I decided to go that way.

I'm just trying to buy plane tickets. i'm leading a tour on Tarawa (if you haven't heard of it, you are in the majority) until Nov. 25, then going to Fiji. Going to spend a week or so in AU, then on to NZ. So lots of little plane trips to manage.


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Jun 26 2013, 8:24pm

Post #4 of 13 (117 views)
I don't know about NZ [In reply to] Can't Post

 - But for a thousand dollars, I could do a pretty nifty tour of Tolkien's Oxford



Jun 26 2013, 10:05pm

Post #5 of 13 (105 views)
The only way to get to Edoras is with a tour. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's in a very remote location and on private property. Hasslefree Tours has a great relationship to the owners, and can take you nearly to the top. The guide is extremely knowledgeable, too, and will tell you things you'd never know otherwise. You can see Helm's Deep from there!

I do agree that you can get to most sites near Queenstown on your own with Brodie's book. There are only a few exceptions that are now on closed private land.

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Jun 26 2013, 10:24pm

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Red Carpet Tours is the best overall tour if you want everything; however [In reply to] Can't Post

they are expensive, even if you are sharing a room. They do take you to all the major sites and it's the way to go if you can afford to do it. Also there's a smaller tour company in Wellington called Wellington Rover Tours, and they offer short day tours around the Wellington area, such as Rivendell, the Isengard and 'get off the road' sites, etc. They were very reasonably priced. Whatever you do, do not miss Hobbiton! Worth the entire trip to NZ IMO! I went with Hobbiton Tours out of Matamata, and it was grand. You just have to get to Matamata on your own steam, but I took a bus there from Auckland no problem.

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Jun 26 2013, 10:40pm

Post #7 of 13 (98 views)
Wellington Rover Tours. [In reply to] Can't Post

You may pick up some info about The Hobbit too. At least one location in Wellington was used.


Jun 27 2013, 7:25am

Post #8 of 13 (78 views)
Agree about Hobbiton. [In reply to] Can't Post

Of all the sites I visited in NZ, that was the unforgettable one. You are really there.

Hobbiton and Edoras. If you do no others, those are the two.

All you really have to do is get to Matamata and pay money. Matamata is fairly remote (several hours from wherever you are, which was 1.5 hrs from Rotorua in my case), but once you get to the Shire's Rest they take care of you.

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Jun 27 2013, 2:35pm

Post #9 of 13 (67 views)
I can recommend Red Carpet [In reply to] Can't Post

They're very thorough and have a fund of great stories to go with every site.


Jun 28 2013, 4:10pm

Post #10 of 13 (48 views)
I went on one of theirs [In reply to] Can't Post

In the Wellington area... and it was FANTASTIC! Great driver/host, great group, great tour :) We even had lunch at what was formerly The Chocolate Fish (now Scorching Bay) where the hobbits hung out.


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Jun 30 2013, 9:16pm

Post #11 of 13 (39 views)
So can I! in fact, I refer to it as "The Vacation of a Lifetime"! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I intend to go on another Red Carpet Tour of LOTR movie locations again after the final Hobbit movie has premiered. I prefer to wait until all the fuss has died down. that's what I did in '04 - fewer people on the tour meant a more personal touch - in fact, friendships were formed that endure to this day.

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Jun 30 2013, 9:23pm

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Welcome, Claywise! [In reply to] Can't Post

Nice to see you on TORn! How exciting that you're going to Middle-earth (among the many other beautiful places you mentioned). I've been on the Wellington "Rover" tour as has already been mentioned here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It sounds like there are several good ones to choose from on both the north and south islands. Happy travels! Smile

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Jul 7 2013, 4:49am

Post #13 of 13 (46 views)
Do it yourself [In reply to] Can't Post

You can, definitely can do it yourself. Red Carpet is great and I have sampled Nomad and some others. Pay me $1K and I will come show you around! 8)

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