Family Adventure to Middle Earth

Duration: 6 days

Highlights: - Join the crew of an America’s Cup yacht to sail Auckland Harbour 
- Lose yourself in Tolkien’s world on a private tour of Hobbiton 
- Witness boiling mud pools and world-famous geysers
- Meet New Zealand’s endangered kiwis
- Explore hidden crater lakes by helicopter

Magical, thrilling and extraordinary: this family adventure to Middle Earth is unparalleled. Sail on an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland. Wander through ‘the Shire’ at the Hobbiton movie set. Explore hidden crater lakes by helicopter. Meet the endangered kiwi bird and experience the earth’s true power in Rotorua.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand. Join your guide and explore this incredible city and its surrounds. Meet the crew on an America’s Cup yacht, take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy sailing around the harbour.

Overnight: Cordis, Auckland

Meal Plan: B (Day 2)

 

Day 3: Rotorua

Journey to picturesque farmland in Matamata for a day of Middle Earth magic at the Hobbiton movie set. Join your own guide on a tour of the set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Seek out Bag End and the Green Dragon Inn. Marvel at fake wells and beehives alongside real gardens and then head to Rotorua, the country’s geothermal hot spot and cradle of Maori culture.

Overnight: Regent of Rotorua

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Days 4: Rotorua

Learn about the traditional Maori culture preserved at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. Witness geothermal wonders and gain a fascinating insight into New Zealand’s iconic endangered kiwi at the AK Philanthropy supported National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa. See the incubation room, hatchery and nursery where this extraordinary project is increasing the kiwi count. 

Overnight: Regent of Rotorua

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Days 5: Rotorua

Embark on an amazing scenic helicopter ride over hidden crater lakes. These extraordinary crater lakes, surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, are so well hidden from the city that only an aerial perspective reveals their true beauty. Your return flight across the shores of the Lake Rotorua offer stunning city views prior to landing. This afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a dip in one of Rotorua’s hot pools known for their healing properties. 

Overnight: Regent of Rotorua

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 6 - Depart Rotorua

Leave the captivating power of Rotorua behind and transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meal Plan: B

 

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