8 days,7 nights
Romp around the Shire movie set of JR Tolkein’s The Hobbit. Take an extended journey and savour New Zealand’s sights and cultures, exploring geothermal wonders, and a steamboat feast in front of the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser
Why you should go
How to get there
- Travel Insurance by Zurich (Gold Plan – 9 to 10 Days)
Flight depart from Jakarta (CGK) to Queenstown (ZQN) by Qantas Airline with layover in Sydney .
Arrival in the morning, you will start your day by check in hotel and leisure at your day to sleep off your jetlag. You can go around the city or we can arrange a half-day city tour if you prefer.
Recommendation Activities: Skyline Gondola and Luge, Tandem Paragliding, Visit Kiwi & Birdlife Park to get closer look at New Zealand’s national animal.
A must have dinner is Fergburger. No Queenstown restaurant list is complete without mentioning the iconic Fergburger. Cheap and filling meals have made this bustling establishment a hit among locals and tourists alike. In fact, one could even go as far as saying it is a tourist attraction in its own right. Online ordering is highly recommended as queues can get quite long during peak mealtimes.
After breakfast in the hotel, we will start our journey to Milford Sound for a day tour, where the eagle take Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfes fly over the park. Here, we can choose from kayaking, scenic cruise or fishing with children. Fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Take the boat tour to enjoy the scenic Milford Sound.
At night, you can go for stargazing tour [optional]. Take the journey up the Skyline Gondola to experience our fascinating stargazing tour. Enjoy constellation and sky interpretation from our experienced stargazing guide, while using quality telescopes to look deep into our galaxy.
The clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown are the perfect setting for Skyline Queenstown’s stargazing experience. Perched high above Queenstown, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a ‘hidden world’ not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world.
Skyline Stargazing takes visitors to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky.
Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebula, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Let’s start our journey to Mt. Cook and Lake Pukaki, the lake and Southern Alps backdrop provided the backing for Lake Town in the last two movies of The Hobbits. Specifically, Braemer Farm was used during the warg chase scene in An Unexpected Journey.
Taking helicopter ride for MOUNT COOK & THE GLACIERS
Duration 50 mins
Our premier flight over the Mt Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields. See the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake before flying the length of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. Experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains as you take in a spectacular view of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook during your snow landing. Cross to the West Coast and view the formidable Franz Josef and Fox glaciers before completing your journey with uninterrupted views of the summit ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Fly from Queenstown to Wellington.
Today enjoy a Weta Workshop VIP Experience. Receive a warm welcome from one of their senior crew members. They will show you to the World Famous Weta Cave with its plethora of photo opportunities and otherworldly souvenirs. You will have the opportunity to watch the behind-the-scenes movie where the crew and owners of Weta Workshop show you their craft and tell their story. See how the movie magic is created at Park Road Post Production where you can enjoy an exclusive tour of the Foley room, the sound recording studio and the private cinema. You will then be whisked away and taken on an educational guided walk, with a workshop Technician and they will share their knowledge of Weta’s creative processes using props, costumes and items they have made. There has even been a little hands-on demonstration arranged for those who like to get involved!
Overnight stay in Wellington.
Fly from Wellington to Auckland. 1h5m flight. We will check in to hotel at 15:00.
Leisure at your day. We can also arrange a half-day city tour of Auckland. While the capital city is Wellington, Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand as it is the business and economy center of New Zealand.
In the evening, join Ra Karakia – Māori Dawn Ceremony. Take this once in a lifetime opportunity, to welcome the sun, acknowledge the Earth, and awaken the soul with Ra Karakia, a unique Maori dawn ceremony.
You will be welcomed to Takaparawhau by one of our kaitiaki (guides). As the sun begins to rise over the Waitematā Harbour, hear an ancient karakia (blessing), the call of our kaikaranga (female caller) and putatara (wooden horn) welcoming the new day.
In the light of the new day, acknowledge Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) by planting a native tree and your wish into the whenua (land) connecting you and your spirit to the whenua.
Finally share breakfast with your kaitiaki in the wharekai (eating house) on the marae (tribal meeting house). This is an important part of the ceremony as it lifts the sacredness from those that participate. Leave feeling refreshed both physically and spiritually, and with the knowledge that you carry good fortune.
Let’s try Maori Hangi dinner. Traditionally, the Māori people cooked in a pit under the ground in ovens called ‘Hāngī’. Hāngī food was traditionally wrapped in flax leaves (similar to the Samoan “Umu”), but a modern Hāngī is more likely to substitute foliage with cloth sacks, aluminium foil and wire baskets. Hāngī packs are also popular – the food is put into individual foil takeaway containers and covered with cardboard lids before being cooked. The baskets are placed on hot stones at the bottom of the hole. The food is covered with wet cloth and a mound of earth that traps the heat from the stones around the food. The Hāngī food is left in the ground for about three to four hours, depending on the quantity being cooked.
Our Concert & Hāngi event is an intimate themed evening with a special dining experience. Your evening starts with the opening of the hāngi (earth oven), followed by a cultural performance in Te Whare Rūnanga and hāngi dinner at Whare Waka Cafe.
Drive to Matamata, where the Hobbiton Movie Set is located. Experience the magic of Hobbiton™ in the heart of New Zealand, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Experience the real Middle-earth™ with a private tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire™ that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your personal guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created. The Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon™ Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Visitors taking part in a private tour can also choose to enjoy a Festive Feast lunch in the Party Marquee. Catering must be booked in advance and additional menu costs apply. Please note, private tours are limited to 6 guests per departure.
Tour time approx 2 hours. Private tours are limited to 6 guests per departure
After we finish the private tour, we will drive to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The Waitomo Caves are a fascinating labyrinth of underground sinkholes, tunnels and rivers beneath rolling green farmland. Take a walking or boat tour, try black water rafting, or zip line through the darkness. Fun Fact: Peter Jackson loved the acoustic quality of the Waitomo Caves & recorded some of the sound for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey here.
We return to Auckland once we finished the private tour in Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
End of your trip. Fly from Auckland to Jakarta via Sydney by Qantas