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12 Days: Explore Middle Earth [ST-Cycle3]
Starting at
$4,232
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Rotorua (1), Queenstown (1), Te Anau (1). Mossburn (1), Kingston (1), Lawrence (1), Roxburgh (1). Queenstown (2)
  • Meals - All meals on cycling tour
  • US Domestic Flights are not included, but can be included in your quote.
  • International Flights are not included (can be included on request - see detailed pricing below)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Rotorua to Queenstown, Queenstown to Auckland
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland airport to accommodation, Rotorua accommodation to airport, Queenstown airport to accommodation (return)
  • Day Tours: Auckland - Deluxe Coach to Rotorua via Hobbiton & Waitomo; Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Institute & Geothermal Reserve; Queenstown - Lake Wakatipu Cruise, Doubtful Sound Scenic Cruise; Roxburgh: Jet Boat Ride
  • Overnight Tours: Queenstown: Around the Mountains & Clutha Canyon Cycling Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
  • *Nights in Mossburn may alternate with nights in Lumsden
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland (Check quote for inclusion)

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland is surrounded by the beautiful Waitemata Harbour which boasts over 15 islands and was the venue for the international America’s Cup yachting race.

Within half-an-hour of your Auckland accommodation you can relax on an island in the Hauraki Gulf, trek through native rainforests (one of the only places outside the tropics where rainforest exists), sample wines from a range of mainland and offshore vineyards and walk along a black sand surf beach.

Your hotel room is well appointed and designed for comfort and convenience. Fitted with cutting-edge technologies to support the modern lifestyle of today’s modern business and leisure travelers, rooms are fitted with flat screen TVs, satellite channels, WIFI and spacious working desks.

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Deluxe Coach to Rotorua via Hobbiton & Waitomo

Travel from Auckland to Rotorua on a full day sightseeing tour, taking in the underground wonders of the Waitomo Caves and the silver screen magic of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Leaving Auckland in the morning, journey by luxury coach through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Hear about the history of the region from your local driver guide as you pass sites of interest, including Rangiriri, the location of a major battle in the Maori Land Wars in 1863.

Your first stop is at the small town of Waitomo, where you’ll enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Travel through these underground limestone caverns, discovered in 1887, and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over a period of 30 million years. Finish off your subterranean tour with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a spectacular cavern illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms.

A picnic-style lunch is served on board the coach as we cross the Central North Island and enter Middle-earth! Just outside the rural township of Matamata is the private farm that was transformed into The Shire for Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Visit Hobbiton, home to Bilbo, Frodo and friends, and find out how the sets were created with a guided tour. You’ll get the chance to see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures created for the films. After your Hobbiton movie set tour, your tour continues to Rotorua.

(Day 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Rotorua

Travel to your accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your luxury accommodation is perfectly located on the edge of the CBD overlooking mystical Lake Rotorua. Just a brief stroll to the Rotorua town centre, Polynesian Spa and other key tourist activities.

Offering modern comfort, these rooms are decorated in inviting tones and hues providing our guests with an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Featuring marble bathrooms and in-room amenities including air conditioning, mini bar, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, internet access, Sky TV, personalised message & wakeup service, work desk, radio/alarm, hairdryer, in-room safe, iron and ironing board.

*Upgrade to Lakeview available upon request

(Day 4) - Day Tour, Te Puia Maori Institute & Geothermal Reserve

At this maori tourist attraction step into an ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years.


As direct descendents, your Maori guides will offer insight into their heritage, pride and values, that no other tour in New Zealand can match. Your guide will re-tell stories that have been handed down for generations while you experience a visual gallery of the myths and legends of the region. Make your way to the carving school where you are able to see and speak with the Maori students at work.




As the Kiwi bird has been at home in New Zealand for over 70 million years it is a fortunate experience to visit the specially designed Kiwi House, which takes part in the successful national breeding program, whilst listening to other song birds of the valley. Next you will be transported back to pre-European times as you walk through the recreation of a typical Maori village amoung a forest setting including the weaving house, sleeping and food storage houses, weapons and implements necessary to pre-European life. Lastly, enjoy a raw and powerful journey into a thermal wonderland some 40,000 years old as mud pools, hissing steam and geysers pay tribute to Mother Nature.

(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer, Rotorua Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 4) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Queenstown

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Queenstown (South Island).

(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 4 to 5) - 1 Night Accommodation in Queenstown

Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

It’s all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute’s walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with superb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!

Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room

(Days 5 to 10) - Around the Mountains Cycle Tour

Head into the mountains to see the unmatched beauty of the South Island of New Zealand. Mountain vistas, secluded lakes and golden grasslands are revealed along the way, while warm hospitality adds home comforts and a touch of indulgence. The trail will follow the trout-filled Oreti River and loops around the Eyre Mountains offering endless mountain views.

Day 1: Leave Queenstown around 9am and start your journey with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to get to the beginning of the Around the Mountains Trail. Your tour leaders will meet you at Walter Peak Station ready to fit you to your bikes and set you on your way. Head away from the lake enter the Von Valley and ride through amazing mountain scenery down to Mavora Lakes and Lord of the Rings film sights. We then shuttle you to Te Anau to stay the night.

Day 2: After breakfast, ride the stunning new riverside Te Anau to Manapouri Trail. Then, choose where to rejoin the Around the Mountains Trail to finish the day by riding to your accommodation in Mossburn.

Day 3: From Mossburn, follow the cycle trail down to Lumsden before turning north and heading up the east side of the Eyre Mountains. We have a few options today so the amount of cycling you complete will depend on the weather and the energy of the group. At the end of the day we take you to the lovely Kingston Homestead to enjoy a social dinner using some of our local produce.

Day 4: From the Kingston Homestead, follow the undulating purpose built cycle trail through farmland down the valley to finish where you ended the day before, completing your journey Around the (Eyre) Mountains. After loading the bikes on the trailer, we take you on to Lawrence ready for the Clutha Canyon Combo.

Day 5: Ride the Clutha Gold Trail through farmland and alongside the magnificent Clutha River, including a stop in the town of Roxburgh. Finish the day by riding over the Roxburgh Dam to stay at the lovely Lake Roxburgh Lodge.

Day 6:Your last day and a top favorite day of riding for many people. Ride from your accommodation to enter the Roxburgh Gorge, New Zealand’s “Grand Canyon.” Enjoy the remoteness and dramatic scenery complemented by a fun jet boat ride in the middle of this amazing trail. Finish the days riding on the Clyde River Trail followed by a celebratory drink in Clyde before driving to Queenstown. Expect to be back in Queenstown by 6pm.

E-bike upgrades available

Includes:

5 nights accommodation
All meals included (lunch on day 1 through lunch on day 6). Dinners are high quality with local produce and lunches are delicious “all you can eat” picnics
Transfers to/from Queenstown
Cycle equipment including 29er front suspension mountain bike with gel seat
Supported with an experienced local tour leader
Scenic lake cruise between Walter Peak Station and Queenstown
Scenic jet boat ride through the Roxburgh Gorge

Tour dates:

Select dates November through April. Please contact us for exact departure dates.

(Day 10 to 12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown

Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

It’s all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute’s walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with superb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!

Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room

(Day 11) - Day Tour, Doubtful Sound - Full Day

Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness.

When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.


In Doubtful Sound, you will board our spacious, purpose built catamaran Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise our knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on the vessel.

*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.

Tour departs at approximately 7am and returns at approximately 8pm (seasonally adjusted).

Photo Credit: Tourism Media

(Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 12) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Queenstown to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Queenstown to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 12) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $4,232 $5,203 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $5,053 $6,024 Sep 1 2019 - Jun 21 2020
USA Departures: 01SEP-12DEC, 23DEC-01JAN, 17FEB-21JUN. EXP OCT 10
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $6,322 $7,293 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $6,529 $7,500 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $7,047 $8,018 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $9,299 $10,270 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,013 $11,984 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.

Packages by About New Zealand, a subsidiary of About Australia, a fully bonded and ARC Accredited travel company.

a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.

c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.

d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.