Fans of The Lord Of The Rings (LOTR)trilogy are being courted in a new luxury travel package developed to mark the trilogy’s 60th anniversary, and the upcoming release of the final cinematic instalment of The Hobbit.Called The Ultimate Lord of the Rings Tour, it an 11-day trip that’s meant to indulge every LOTR fantasy for fans of the JRR Tolkien trilogy, with visits to The Frodo and Sam’s Shire, Elrond’s Rivendell, and Peter Jackson’s production studio and home base in Wellington, Miramar in New Zealand.
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The tour, organised by aluxury travel outfit, was developed to mark the 60th birthday of the trilogy’s first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring (published in July, 1954).
The trip starts in Rotorua, where visitors will be taken on a guided tour of Hobbiton, or The Shire, the bucolic village characterised by Hobbit homes carved into the green hillside, and their round, inviting doors.
A still from the film.
Other trip highlights include helicopter tours of some of the most remote filming areas across New Zealand; an after-hours visit to Weta Workshop where the film’s ethereal settings and scariest characters were birthed; a stay at an LOTR-themed hotel room; and a winery lunch.
Visitors will also be able to revisit key filming locations like the Elven outpost of Rivendell and the Anduin River, where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs. To top it off, fans of Jackson will be able to pay a visit to his movie studios in Miramar.
Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and Jackson, too, have teamed up to launch a contest that will award the winner a trip to Middle-earth — New Zealand — and the chance to meet the film-maker himself at a private screening of the final instalment of The Hobbit.