Auckland - Wellington

Fly total time: 5 days

Visitors begin their Middle-earth journey in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland; your clients will then journey south to Hobbiton and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Passing through the rocky slopes and grassy tussocks of Ruapehu, visitors end their Middle-earth trip in Wellington.

To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.
New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.
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  • Day 1 - Auckland

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    Arrive into New Zealand. Spend the day at leisure.
    Surrounded by two sparkling harbours, vibrant and multicultural Auckland is the country’s largest city and commercial hub. Home to 1.5 million people, it offers world class accommodation, outstanding food and wine, and great shopping, sights and attractions.

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  • Day 2 - Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua

    Drive Fly 2 hours 50 minutes 228 KMS 141 MI
    In the morning drive from Auckland to Hobbiton, approximately 2 hours. 
    "I’ll never forget that feeling of coming to Hobbiton the first time…there’s so many feelings of nostalgia and history." - Elijah Wood (Frodo) 
    Visit the HobbitonTM Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set. 
    Enjoy lunch at The Green Dragon before heading south to Rotorua. The drive from Matamata to Rotorua will take approximately 50 minutes.
    The city of Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating landscape of geothermal activity, freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. Home to the Te Arawa tribe, it’s a region steeped in Māori legend. Explore amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents, relax in a natural hot pool or try trout fishing.

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  • Day 3 - Rotorua

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    Spend the day exploring the geothermal region of Rotorua.

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  • Day 4 - Rotorua - Wellington

    Drive Fly 5 hours and 30 minutes 453 KMS 281 MI
    Depart Rotorua in the morning and drive south to Wellington, stop enroute in Ruapehu and explore Turoa which was a filming location in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In winter Turoa is a popular ski field, but the area is also well-known for its beautiful cycling and hiking trails including The Tongariro Crossing. 
    The drive from Rotorua to Wellington, via Ruapehu takes approximately 5 hours 30 minutes. Alternatively fly from Rotorua to Wellington, approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.
    Spend the afternoon exploring this compact, yet exciting city. Wellington is home to an ever expanding film industry with many Middle-earth experiences on offer. Recharge at one of Wellington’s hip cafés, restaurants and bars.
    If you are arriving by air into Wellington, keep an eye out for Gollum, Gandalf and two giant eagles in Wellington Airport’s main terminal building.

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  • Day 5 - Wellington

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    Spend the day exploring Wellington or fly home from this domestic and international gateway.

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