As Kiwis born and bred in New Zealand, the natural wonderland of the South Island is our backyard and favourite playground. Thinking about a trip down-under? We’ve put together what we think is the best New Zealand South Island Itinerary for our tours – and it’s brimming with glaciers, lakes, rainforests and mountains.

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moatrek

Tolkien’s imaginary world, full of sky-piercing pinnacles, mystical fiords and endearing forests, was brought to life amongst New Zealand’s scenery in the movies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We’ve handpicked some of the best filming locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to show you how to experience the real Middle-earth on your New Zealand vacation.

See more about experiencing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit on our tours.

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moatrek

A pretty town steeped in gold rush history, Arrowtown’s historic streets and restored cottages have many stories to tell. A short drive from Queenstown, this pretty settlement captures the imagination; transporting visitors back to the exciting gold rush days of the mid 1800’s.

Arrowtown is a highlight on many of our small group tours – read on to find out why.

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moatrek

Sitting between dramatic mountain ranges and bright-blue Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand – gaining its name because it was deemed ‘fit for a Queen’. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, someone who’s keen on a little adventure or a Lord of the Rings fan, visiting Queenstown is sure to be a highlight of a vacation in New Zealand. Read on to learn more about Queenstown’s history and MoaTrek’s suggestions for enjoying the very best of what this area has to offer.

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moatrek