The Tour is a total of 14 Days and covers both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It STARTS with Hobbiton (and the December tour includes a banquet at The Green Dragon) and ends in Pelennor fields and covers everything in between. It is THE premiere LOTR tour, endorsed by Peter Jackson himself. It is also, as someone who has never traveled internationally by herself before, the perfect way for ME to travel, as I will be in a group with a whole bunch of other nerds.
Getting there does not come cheap, even when you factor in the NZ conversion rate. The tour runs just over $5,000 (which includes all lodging, NZ transport, most activities, all breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners) and flights have been pricing around $2500. I'm factoring in the bonus excursions (including a helicopter tour up into the Mountains where they shot Fellowship of the Ring), the flight from Queenstown to Auckland (to catch my flight home at the end of the tour), and additional food money into my goal. The good news it that I have until 30 days before the trip to pay the full balance!
Any gift/donation you could make would mean the world to me. No amount is too small because it comes from YOU. Sorry for asking for a birthday present a year in advance...but as you all know, I am a planner and this is what we do.
I'll just close with two quotes from my favorite movies of all time.
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -- Gandalf the Grey
"Because it's my birthday and I wants it." -- Smeagol
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