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New Zealand Tour Updates: Pre and Post Tour Options, Airfare, and ‘The Hobbit’ Premiere!

The countdown to Middle-earth Network’s ‘Long Expected Journey’ tour to New Zealand is getting close and that means space on our tour is going fast. Will we be attending ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Premiere in Wellington, NZ? The answer is yes, yes, and YES! We will be at the Wellington premiere on November 28, 2012.

We are excited to announce new pricing that includes airfare from both Los Angeles and London. These highly discounted seats are very limited, so hurry and book while they last. Our talented tour guide, Ian Brodie, has added pre and post tour options. Regions include Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Queenstown. For further information, read below.

All bookings and payments must be made and paid in full by Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Click here for Booking Form.

From Los Angeles (airfare included):
Dates: Wednesday 21 November 2012 to Thursday 06 December 2012
*Price: Cost per person (share twin)$5,495.64 USD

Click here to view Itinerary from Los Angeles.

From London (airfare included):

Dates: Wednesday 21 November 2012 to Friday 07 December 2012
*Price: Cost per person (share twin) £4,059.11 GBP

Click here to view Itinerary from London.

Tour (without airfare):

Dates: Friday 23 November 2012 to Thursday 06 December 2012
*Price: Cost per person (share twin): $4,729.00 NZD

Click here to view Tour Itinerary (without airfare).

Pre-tour options

Auckland Tours (1 day) (Click here to view pricing and itinerary)
With this option you will arrive 1 day earlier than the scheduled tour and have the day in Auckland to choose optional tours. On the evening of Day 2 the rest of the tour passengers arrive and you will meet them all at a welcome dinner.

  • Auckland Morning Sightseeing
  • Harbour Cruise
  • America’s Cup Sailing Experience
  • Harbour Sailing Cruise
  • Wine on Waiheke
  • Rangitoto Island Explorer Tour
  • Auckland Harbour Jet Boat Ride
  • West Coast Wilderness Tour

Bay of Islands (4 day) (Click here to view pricing and itinerary)
With this option you will arrive 4 days earlier than the scheduled tour and have the day in Auckland to choose optional tours. On the evening of Day 5 of this itinerary the rest of the tour passengers arrive and you will meet them all at a welcome dinner.

  • 144 secluded islands
  • Native forests
  • Sub-tropical bush
  • National Maritime Park
  • Paihia
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Cruise


Post Tour Options

Queenstown Tours (Click here to view pricing and itinerary)
You can add additional nights in Queenstown and also choose from various Queenstown sightseeing activities on the 5th December which can be pre booked. At the end of your stay airport transfers are not included.

  • Shotover Jet
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari
  • Appellation Central – The Boutique Wine Tour
  • Real Journeys – TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak BBQ Lunch
  • Real Journeys – Milford Sound Cruise by return flight
  • NZONE – 12,000 ft Tandem Skydive
  • Nomad Safaris – Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour
  • Dart Stables – The Ride of the Rings
  • Lord of the Rings & Glacier Explorer – Heli Flight
  • Middle Earth Queenstown – Heli Flight


*All prices are subject to change depending on exchange rates and the amount of tour bookings.

You can download the entire NEW L.E.J. Tour Info Pack here.

For more information visit longexpectedjourney.com

Official Tour Hash Tag: #LEJ

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One Comment

  1. This is an amazing trip with an equally amazing price! I took the time to actually read and I can’t believe what a bargain this is!