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New Zealand’s Movies, Mountains & Maori

  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Hokitika
  • Fox Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Lake Tekapo
  • 12 nights from
  • £3,805 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1111

Holiday Overview

New Zealand’s Movies, Mountains and Maori - a great New Zealand fly drive holiday


New Zealand has been the backdrop of many successful films over the years, like ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, ‘King Kong’, ‘Willow’, and more famously ‘Lord of the Rings’. The set of Hobbiton from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ can be visited on this whistle stop trip around North and South Island. During your fly drive you will be able to take in the Southern Alps, the awe-inspiring Fox Glacier and Tranzalpine train. Throughout your trip you will see and experience the Maori culture so you can fully understand the draw to this unique part of the world.


Start Auckland  - End Christchurch

12 nights / 13 days

Islands visited: North and South Island



Visit Matamata, the movie set of Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy 

Maori cultural experience in Rotorua

Tranzalpine rail journey through the Southern Alps

Fox Glacier in the small town of Franz Josef 

New Zealand’s Movies, Mountains & Maori includes:

  • Flights
  • 2 nights accommodation Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation Rotorua
  • 2 night accommodation Christchurch
  • 1 night accommodation Hokitika
  • 1 night accommodation Fox Glacier
  • 3 nights accommodation Queenstown
  • 1 night accommodation Lake Tekapo
  • Inter-Island Ferry
  • Maori Experience Rotorua
  • Transfer to Tranzalpine train
  • Tranzalpine train
  • Compact car hire

Day 1 - Auckland

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure

Why not extend your New Zealand trip with an 'unmissable experience' to the Bay of Islands before starting this itinerary?

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Unmissable Experiences

Bay of Islands Extension


Day 2 - Auckland

Spend a full day at leisure exploring the “city of sails”.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


Day 3 - Auckland – Rotorua

Leave Auckland behind and journey to the Maori cultural and geothermal area of Rotorua. Perhaps stop off en route at Matamata for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as featured in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences



Day 4 - Rotorua

Visit Te Puia a 70-hectare geothermal park right on the edge of Rotorua. It's home of the world famous Phutu geyser and the national carving and weaving schools. They also house the kiwi, New Zealand's most well-known bird and have daily Maori cultural performances.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences

Te Puia


Day 5 - Rotorua – Christchurch

Take a lunchtime flight from Rotorua to Christchurch, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel


Day 6 - Christchurch – Hokitika via the TranzAlpine train

Take the spectacular rail journey through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, the train departs at 08:15 and arrives in Greymouth at 13:05, continue down the coast to Hokitika.

Featured accommodation

Beachfront Hokitika

Unmissable Experiences

TranzAlpine Train


Day 7 - Hokitika – Fox Glacier

Take the drive from Hokitika to Fox Glacier, perhaps stop off at Franz Josef en route. Ask your consultant for options regarding a once in a lifetime helicopter experience.

Featured accommodation

Fox Glacier Lodge


Day 8 - Fox Glacier – Queenstown

Drive onwards to one of the South Islands beautiful and exciting hubs, Queenstown. After checking into your chosen hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 9 - Queenstown

Spend the day at leisure exploring Queenstown. In the evening ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of the mountain for a stargazing guide of the southern skies.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 10 - Queenstown

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Queenstown, ask you consultant regarding the many tours and excursions available.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 11 - Queenstown - Lake Tekapo

Depart Queenstown for Tekapo, the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water. Tekapo is also home to the well photographed Church of the Good Shepherd.

Featured accommodation

Peppers Bluewater Resort


Day 12 - Tekapo - Christchurch

Return to Christchurch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps take the Gondola to take in the magnificent view across the city, over the Canterbury Plains and on to the Southern Alps.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel


Day 13 - Christchurch

Today your journey concludes in Christchurch

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