After Hobbiton, it looked like any New Zealand tour involving “The Lord of the Rings” had to be a success – and we can add them to the list.

The world will soon be returning to Middle-earth, and the first season of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series has already been filmed in New Zealand. The budget for this series is tantalizing and even brings Game of Thrones out of the water. In New Zealand, there are already a number of Lord of the Rings tours across the country, taking Tolkien fans to all of their favorite places.

The Hobbiton film set is also in New Zealand and is easily accessible by car from the main city of Auckland (easy to visit without a tour). Lord of the Rings tours can range from half a day to massive 21-day quests. Here are just a few examples of the many LOTR tours on offer to Aotearoa (New Zealand’s native Maori name).


Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings”

The Amazon series is set to take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth before the events of the Lord of the Rings novel and films. It is expected to start streaming on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.

  • $ 250 million: The amount Amazon paid for rights to the Lord of the Rings
  • $ 1 billion: The minimum amount Amazon should spend on the series
  • Eight episodes: Number of episodes in the first season
  • Five seasons: The number of seasons expected
  • $ 560 million: (Very) approximate figure of what HBO paid for 8 seasons of Game Of Thrones

While it looks like Amazon will be producing the following seasons in the UK, the first season has already been shot in New Zealand where the original LOFRs were filmed.

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Nomadic safaris

Nomad Safaris offers a range of half and full day tours around Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. While the LOFRs have been filmed all over New Zealand, Queenstown in particular is a very popular filming location.

Lord of the Rings from Queenstown: This quick tour rediscovered the magic of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. They visit filming locations like Misty Mountains, Pillars of Kings (Agronath) and more. It is also the former gold rush region of New Zealand and there is also panning for gold.

  • Cost: Adult: $ 245 ($ 170 USD); Child $ 99 (US $ 69)
  • Duration: 4 hours

Lord of the Rings full day: Travel a little longer to Middle-earth to discover more mystical lands of the the Lord of the Rings. This visits Glenorchy near Queenstown which has not only been the filming location for LOTRs but also The Hobbit, X-men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and others. Gold panning is also included.

  • Price: Adult 490 NZD (326 USD) Child 215 USD (150 USD)
  • Duration: 9.5 hours

Fun fact: In Wolverine You can see an arrow on the left side of the road telling traffic to stay left, but the car is driving on the right. This is because New Zealand drives on the left but it’s settled in Canada

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Guided Tours in New Zealand

For those who want a guided tour of New Zealand for their entire stay in the country, New Zealand Guided Tours offers tours from 7 days to 21 days. These tours can be for one or both islands (don’t go to New Zealand without visiting the South Island).

7-day Lord of the Rings guided tour: This is an organized trip for those who only have a week to spend in this beautiful country. We will see the most iconic filming locations of both islands and many other must-see attractions in Aotearoa unrelated to the movies.

  • Understand : 4 star accommodation, 7 nights and 8 days of tour
  • North Island: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour • Mount Doom Scenic Seaplane Flight • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • South Island: Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand • Jet Boat Queenstown + Isengard
  • Cost: 1 traveler $ 15,999 ($ ​​11,110), 10 travelers $ 3,349 ($ 2,330) (based on sliding scale figures)

21-Day Lord of the Rings Guided Tour: Their ultimate 21-day Lord of the Rings guided tour will truly delve into the world of Middle-earth and justify coming this far for a vacation. This is a premium guide to many of New Zealand’s best produce. Tours are flexible and customizable.

  • Understand : 4-star accommodation, 21 nights and 22 days of touring
  • North Island: Hole in the Rock Cruise Glowworm Tour Hobbiton Tour • a scenic seaplane flight to Mount Doom Weta Workshop Lord of the Rings New Zealand Tour Inter-island ferry
  • South Island: Visit of the filming locations of Lord of the Rings “Edoras” Milford Strait Cruise Taieri Gorge Railway “Isengard” + Jet Boat Queenstown
  • Cost: 1 traveler $ 39,149 ($ 2,718), 10 travelers $ 9,549 ($ 6,600) (based on sliding scale figures)

There are plenty of other LOTR travel agencies to choose from, like Red Carpet Tours and Lord of the Rings Tours, to name a few.

While at the time of this writing New Zealand remains closed to international travel, it is likely that the country will reopen soon – possibly in early 2022.

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