Perhaps one of the most cited quotes from Tolkien’s beloved series The Lord of the Rings is an excerpt from Bilbo Baggins’ song about Aragorn. He pens: “Not all those who wander are lost.”
As we head in to the final months of 2016, we love this idea of going out for a wander, out for an adventure and sharing a once in a lifetime experience with your own fellowship. Naturally, there is no better place to go on an adventure than Middle Earth itself- New Zealand. Whether you are a Lord of the Rings aficionado or just a lover of nature and wildlife, this is the perfect family friendly trip for you and your crew.
Your adventure takes you from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand as you meander through centuries old forests and feel the presence of awe-inspiring mountains. It is not hard to imagine yourself on set as you take time to tour the farmlands and landscapes that were used as backdrops in the blockbuster movie franchise. A private guide takes you to another world as they describe how this picturesque Waikato land was transformed into a magical landscape filled with Hobbit holes, effectively transforming the space into The Shire. The landscape is so pastoral it seems to emit a magic that is uniquely its own. You will be so enraptured you will expect to see Gandalf the Grey appear from just around the bend.
Your journey continues as you share in a Powhiri- a traditional welcome to the land before you enter the Maori village nestled in the Tawa forest. For those looking to experience culture and history with their adventure, this is not to be missed. While visiting the village you will enjoy the sights, tastes and smells as you witness traditional daily activities. Weaving, carving, tattooing, and warrior training are all happening as you wander through the community. Take the time to share a conversation with the local people as you spend your time with them before sitting down to enjoy your sumptuous fest; which has been cooked on the hot coals buried deep in the Earth.
For those in your fellowship who like a bit of heightened adventure, the Wilderness Safari is a 90 minute boat journey traversing the ever-changing river system of Queenstown. The snow covered peaks, hidden valleys and waterfalls all combine to transport you to a place you have previously only every imagined. At the end of your boat journey, enjoy a 40 minute hike that takes you deep into the ancient beech forests where you will learn all about the native flora and fauna. The scenic countryside that surrounds you is not only picturesque, but also transports you to Middle Earth, speaking to both fans of the text as well as nature lovers.
If your fellowship is looking for an adventure that will not only take you to another world, but will enlighten and enliven your soul as well, we can help customize the perfect trip for you! Our partnerships and years of commitment and passion combine to create your unforgettable vacation!
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