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Your exclusive New Zealand experience begins in Taupo, where you will have the opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate at Huka Lodge.
Nestled on the banks of the Waikato River in a location of immense beauty, Huka Lodge is consistently rated one of the world’s best luxury lodges. Enter a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style, creating a welcoming haven within 17 acres of magnificent manicured grounds. During your stay, indulge in pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a five-course gourmet dinner with a menu that changes daily, and a full country breakfast.
Stay 4 nights in Taupo.
Accommodation: Huka Lodge Taupo
Discover the place where the magic began today at the exquisitely preserved Hobbiton movie set. Fly north by helicopter over Huka Falls and across the Central Plateau before arriving at Hobbiton. On your two-hour private tour, learn how this beautiful corner of a 1,250-acre sheep farm was transformed into an extraordinary movie set. Every detail has been carefully crafted, from the lichen on the miniature fences to the flourishing Hobbit gardens maintained by a team of expert gardeners.
The central North Island is home to a staggering diversity of landscapes, including some of the most dramatic geothermal displays on earth. Your exclusive helicopter tour encompasses the best of the North Island in one unforgettable day.
Your adventure begins with a flight over the nearby geothermal regions of Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu, where you will see colourful springs glittering like gems below. Fly over the spectacular volcano Mt Tarawera and on to White Island. Land on this living, breathing geological giant and discover the most active volcano in New Zealand up close.
On your return from White Island, travel to the famous Hawke’s Bay region, where you will land at two wineries and take the opportunity to taste superb New Zealand wines. Unwind with lunch at one of these famous vineyard restaurants before beginning the return journey.
Fly west via the beautiful Kaimanawa Forest Park and Mohaka River, searching for the famous Kaimanawa wild horses, and land beside the Rangitikei River to immerse yourself in wilderness. On your return to Huka Lodge, cross over the volcanic peaks and craters of the spectacular World Heritage Tongariro National Park – Mt Ngauruhoe, which appeared in The Lord of the Rings as Mt Doom, can be spotted amidst the volcanic wonderland.
Unwind and enjoy all Huka Lodge has to offer today. Your options include a tutored whisky tasting, a massage or beauty treatment, tennis or croquet, or any of the activities on offer in the surrounding regions.
Flight time Taupo to Wellington 45 minutes
Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer – Wellingtonians are masters of fine dining, with plenty of great restaurants to choose from.
In the afternoon experience a once in a lifetime Private Weta Workshop Tour! With the undivided attention of your Weta Workshop tour guide, learn first-hand stories of filmmaking on the Miramar Peninsula. Take your time exploring the props and models that bring films like The Hobbit and Ghost in the Shell to life. Experience a private miniatures stage tour – let your imagination soar with a tour through the authentic shooting stage of the popular TV show, Thunderbirds Are Go! Explore areas under wraps to the public – step inside the Weta Workshop boardroom. Lastly get up close to the five Oscars® and many other awards won by Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop crew.
Stay 3 nights in Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel
The wonder of the film locations, the exhilaration of helicopter transport and the satisfaction of fine food in a great atmosphere all in one tour.
Experience the film locations of the Middle Earth Film Locations tour and take an exciting helicopter ride. The helicopter will take you over Wellington and the Hutt Valley and into the Wairarapa to see the amazing and remote Putangirua limestone pinnacles. Putangirua is the film location for Dimholt Road, where it takes little imagination to feel the presence of the Army of the Dead. The helicopter will then bring you back via the South Coast of the Wairarapa and land at Cape Palliser, weather permitting.
On land hvisit the Great River Anduin. This is where the Fellowship journey to Amon Hen. You then move on to the Gardens of Isengard and see where Gandalf rode to seek Saruman for advice and where the two wizards discuss the Ring, before the orc army destroy the gardens. Continuing on to Rivendell, you explore the Last Homely House East of the Sea, where Elrond and Arwen lived and the Fellowship was formed.
Then you take an incredibly scenic drive over the Rimutaka mountains and into the Wairarapa, arriving at the majestic Fernside Country Gardens, which was transformed into part of Lothlorien. Flat Earth NZ Experiences has exclusive access to this private garden, the only company allowed to see Galadriel’s home and also where Smeagol and Deagol found the Ring in the Gladden Fields. Stopping at a leading nearby restaurant gives you time to absorb what you’ve seen and learned so far while enjoying a delicious lunch. Then sit back and relax as we take you back towards the city.
Passing by the quarry where Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith were filmed, you will continue to Mt Victoria in the centre of Wellington City and visit the very first filming locations used for Lord of the Rings. In the Outer Shire, see where the Hobbits run from Farmer Maggot and discover a “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” “Get off the Road” while hiding from the Black Rider, then “Race to the Buckleberry ferry” to escape across the river. Here, also, was the Dunharrow encampment where the Rohirrim mustered before marching to war.
Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene.
Flight time Wellington to Nelson 30 minutes
Leave the North Island behind today as you take a flight to the south.
Venture into Abel Tasman National Park, which offers secluded golden-sand beaches, lush native forests, and crystal-clear bays. This is the perfect way to unwind as you become acquainted with New Zealand.
Your stay here will take in the serenity and rejuvenation on offer at Split Apple Retreat, an exclusive, intimate luxury lodge, retreat, and wellness spa. The retreat is renowned for its gourmet Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine, where every ingredient has been selected for its positive contribution to health and wellness. Indulge in the spectacular setting, original art and antiques, and unparalleled service.
Stay 3 nights in Abel Tasman.
Accommodation: Split Apple Retreat
Experience the beauty of the Abel Tasman region and Tonga Island Marine Reserve today from the comfort of a private charter cruise. Explore the coastline of Abel Tasman National Park at a relaxed pace, taking in views of Split Apple Rock and seeing New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun. While you stop at a secluded bay for lunch, you will have the opportunity to swim, sea kayak, go ashore for a bush walk, or simply relax on board while the crew prepares your lunch.
The day is yours to unwind, indulge in the facilities and activities on offer at Split Apple Retreat, or explore Abel Tasman National Park further.
Every aspect of the retreat revolves around relaxation. Facilities at the retreat include a salt-water infinity pool, a Japanese spa, a sauna, a steam room, a yoga pavilion, and a meditation theatre – make the most of your stay with a massage treatment, a private yoga session, a cooking lesson with Chef Pen, or a guided meditation.
Flight time Nelson to Queenstown – 3 hours (2 flights)
Today your journey takes you to Queenstown, the ultimate luxury destination on New Zealand’s South Island.
Experience the best of Queenstown from the comfort of your premium lakefront penthouse at Eichard’s Private Hotel. For those who demand the height of excellence, the penthouse at Eichardt’s is the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounds, the penthouse offers pure indulgence. The Penthouse experience commences on arrival. Your dedicated butler will escort you to your rooms, where you will enjoy every luxury, including pre-dinner cocktails served in-suite, Krug Champagne, and an excellent selection of Moet & Hennessy spirits replenished daily. Daily breakfast is prepared by your private chef.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Experience the best of The Lord of The Rings. This 3-hour helicopter trip takes you deep into Isengard, across the Misty Mountains and to the Ford of Bruinen. The sights of the Wakatipu and Fiordland areas, which so enthralled millions of movie-goers unfold in front of you, and the flight also includes the beauty of the 680m-high Sutherland Falls and the majesty of Milford Sound. This experience includes several landings depending on weather conditions. Highlights include; The Remarkables Mountain Range, Closeburn, 12 Mile Delta, Mavora Lakes, Sutherland Falls, Milford Sound, Jura Glacier, Pluto Peak, Mt Alfred and the Ford of Bruinen. This is the ultimate New Zealand Lord of the Rings tour for true Lord of the Rings fans – a flight through J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination and Peter Jackson’s movie-making awaits you.
Explore the dramatic coastline of Lake Wakatipu on a cruise aboard the indulgent Pacific Jemm. Lake Wakatipu is over 80km long and offers a huge variety of landscapes to enjoy from out on the water. Secluded coves and towering mountain ranges, private beaches and a vibrant inner harbour give scope to make your experience one to remember.
Enjoy an antipasto lunch with champagne, before stopping off at Bob’s cove
for a swim (if you dare!).
Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing in the privacy of your Eichardt’s Penthouse and perhaps indulging in one of the spa treatments on offer, or adding another activity from the wide array available in Queenstown. Options range from guided nature walks to private wine tours.
As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.
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