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Here’re 4 Fully-Planned New Zealand Tours To Check Middle-Earth Off Your Bucket List

New Zealand tours to sate your wanderlust


From LOTR buffs to those who’ve caught the travel bug, we’ve all thought about visiting New Zealand. Unfortunately, the hassle of planning our own itinerary to travel this expansive land is intimidating enough to halt our travel plans. 

But don’t let the pressure of planning a flawless programme stifle your wanderlust. Skip the struggle of planning by opting for a package tour with Jetabout Holidays. Whether you’re keen on exploring the Shire or spotting some whales, all you have to do is book a fully-planned tour and you’re all set!


1. Thermal Wonder Tour – Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia Thermal Reserve


If you’re looking for a short 5D4N getaway from the city, this tour of the Northern part of NZ will bring you face to face with nature’s wonders. Here are the highlights: 


Waitomo glowworm caves


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Light pollution ain’t got nothin’ on Waitomo’s luminescent glowworm caves. Take a guided tour and a boat ride through this breathtaking glowworm-studded cave and experience an au naturel fairy-light show. 


Hobbiton movie set


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If you’ve ever watched Lord Of The Rings or The Hobbit and wondered if Middle Earth exists in this reality, take this 2-hour Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour and witness unreal rolling hills and quaint little houses that will inevitably make your selfies look photoshopped.


Te Puia Thermal Reserve 


See the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere erupt right before your eyes at Te Puia Thermal Reserve

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It’s no wonder why Pohutu geyser – or “constant splashing” in Maori – was named just that. This monstrous geyser erupts once or twice every hour and reaches heights of 30m – that’s 17 times my height – so you’re guaranteed to capture epic geyser-spewing moments for the ‘gram.  

You’ll also come across bubbling mud pools that spew steaming mud of up to 95 degrees celsius, so don’t venture too close to them! 

6 Days 4 Nights Thermal Wonder Special

Travel dates: 23 June 2017 – 30 April 2018
Price: from $1,430. Enjoy $100 off per couple when you book your tours by 31st Dec 2017*
Click here for full tour package details


2. Top of the South Tour – Whale Watch Cruise Kaikoura, Blenheim winery, Pancake rocks  


If you’re keen on spending a week exploring the South of NZ, embark on this tour that will take you across both land and sea:


Whale watching Cruise Kaikoura


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Go on this whale watching Cruise Kaikoura and have a whale of a time spotting these magnificent Sperm whales and Humpback whales. You might even spot some friendly dolphins, seals, and royal albatrosses along the way!


Blenheim Winery


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If you enjoy sipping on some fine wine, the beautiful Marlborough wine region offers views not to be missed. On top of frolicking through perfectly lined trellises with a guided tour, you’ll also be treated to some wine-tasting in one of New Zealand’s most famous vineyards.


Punakaiki Pancake rocks


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Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks are aptly named – these interesting natural limerock formations along the West Coastline of New Zealand have an uncanny resemblance to stacks of pancakes. 

As you cruise along the coast, revel in this breathtaking view of the snaking coastal line and mountain ranges in the distance. Be sure to catch the impressive blowholes along the coast during high tide as you trek through the Pancake Rocks coastline walkway. 

9 Days 7 Nights Top of The South 

Travel dates: 23 June 2017 – 30 April 2018 
Price: from $2,265. Enjoy $100 off per couple when you book your tours by 31st Dec 2017*
Click here for full tour package details


3. New Zealand Romance Tour – Church of The Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, TranzAlpine Train


For those who want the full NZ experience, opt for the Twin City tour that covers both the North and South regions. Here’s a magical 8-days tour that’ll make you fall in love with the island: 


Church of the Good Shepherd/ Lake Tekapo 


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Image credit: Tourism New Zealand

Don’t be fooled by this chapel’s quaint facade – thousands of tourists flock to the Church of The Good Shepherd every year just to relish the spectacular sights of nature. 

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Enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains and a serene lake, and if you visit any time from November to February, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of Lupin-filled fields right by Lake Tekapo

Bonus: This is the perfect spot to stargaze once the sun goes down as it’s an internationally recognised dark sky reserve!


Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers


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Image credit: Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand’s glacier region features the Franz Josef Glacier – a 12km-long glacier and remnant from the Ice Age – and the Fox Glacier, named after New Zealand’s ex-Prime Minister Sir William Fox.

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If you want an ice-hiking adventure, take a Glacier Heli-hike* trip to experience a helicopter ride over glistening icy landscapes and then a trek through some monumental blue glaciers.  

*Note: Expenses not covered in tour package.


TranzAlpine Train


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Watch the world pass you by as you traverse NZ’s gorgeous ever-changing landscapes on this 5-hour TranzAlpine train ride! 

This long journey will take you from Greymouth on the West Coast to Christchurch on the South Island, passing through the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass, the spectacular Southern Alps, and the Waimakariri River.

10 Days 8 Nights New Zealand Romance 

Travel dates: 23 June 2017 – 30 April 2018 
Price: from $2,900. Enjoy $100 off per couple when you book your tours by 31st Dec 2017*
Click here for full tour package details


4.  Enjoyable New Zealand Tour – Rainbow Springs, Milford Sound, Aoraki Mt. Cook


For those who have the luxury of time, this tour lasts 12 days 10 nights and will bring you around the most spectacular of nature’s offerings.


Rainbow Springs Nature Park


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Besides lush forests and impressive waterfalls, Rainbow Springs Nature Park also houses the biggest Kiwi hatchery in the world.

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Get up close and personal with the animals through the nature park’s programmes, including trout feeding, bird shows, and a Behind The Scenes Kiwi Encounter where you’ll get to see these elusive birds.


Milford Sound


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Towering peaks and blue Fiords of Milford Sound
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It’s no wonder why Rudyard Kipling declared this the eighth wonder of the world! From sky-scraping mountains to cascading waterfalls, prepare to be completely blown away by the wondrous sights of Milford Sound as you cruise down this Fiord on your guided boat tour. 


Aoraki/Mt. Cook 


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Image credit: Tourism New Zealand

Standing at a whopping 3,754m as the tallest mountain in New Zealand, the snow-capped peaks of Aoraki/Mt. Cook – or, fittingly, “the cloud-piercer” – are a must-visit. From stargazing to alpine walks to mountain-climbing, there’s plenty to do at the foot of these 23 peaks.

12 Days 10 Nights Enjoyable New Zealand 

Travel dates: 23 June 2017 – 30 April 2018 
Price: from $3,155. Enjoy $100 off per couple when you book your tours by 31st Dec 2017*
Click here for full tour package details


Hassle-free adventures to New Zealand


More than just sheep and the Shire, New Zealand has a myriad of sights and sounds to offer, and with Jetabout Holidays’ 12 tour packages to choose from starting from $1,275, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to which New Zealand adventure to embark on.

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Besides the convenience that these tours offer, you also won’t have to pay that much more out of pocket since everything from accommodation to recommended local tours are all included! 

Book your tours for March and April – the best time to visit New Zealand – to enjoy weather that’s not too hot or too cold at the beginning of Autumn. You won’t even have to squeeze thick coats into your luggage to enjoy this weather that’s like air-conditioning all round!

On top of these promotions, enjoy $100 off per couple when you book your tours by 31st December 2017*!

*Note: Terms and conditions apply.

Click here & book your New Zealand Trip with Jetabout Holidays NOW!

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