Magical New Zealand Package: Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Movie Locations Tour

From $2,099
per person
11 days
Airfare additional cost
Based on
4 travelers

Our Magical New Zealand Package was designed for a family of 4 who wanted to see the spectacular locations used for the filming of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. This package also allowed them to hit the New Zealand highlights and experience plenty of outdoor and city adventure.

They started their trip with an overnight in Auckland. The next day, they picked up their rental car and drove to Hobbiton to see the set of The Shire. Next, they dropped off their luggage at their hotel in Rotorua before taking an afternoon excursion to the magical Redwoods Forest, one of the locations for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. They took the Redwoods Treewalk for an unforgettable, suspended bridge journey through the 150-year-old redwood pine trees. After this adventure-packed day, they retired to their stylish and cozy rooms. They spent the next day exploring the cultural and natural attractions of the city with their Rotorua Diamond Pass.

Next on their Magical New Zealand Package, they took a scenic drive through iconic New Zealand scenery, including forests, volcanoes, and rivers, on the way to the charming city of Wellington. While there, they toured Weta Studios, where the dragon Elliot from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon was brought to life. After getting an inside look at the production process of Weta Studios, they explored the scenic city of Wellington for the remainder of the afternoon.

The next day, they flew from the north island to the south island town of Dunedin. During their 2-night stay, they toured the Cadbury World chocolate factory and saw the town’s yellow-eyed and little penguins. From Dunedin, they drove to Queenstown. In Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, the beautiful lakes and snowy alps of Queenstown were picture-perfect for a flight on the back of a dragon. On the way, they stopped at Tanapui, which was transformed into Millhaven for the movie.

They stayed 3 nights at the centrally located Blue Peaks Lodge. They were free to explore Queenstown at their own pace, making the short walk to the city center for art, culture, and delicious food. In Queenstown, it was easy for them to enjoy countless outdoor adventures, from hiking in the gorgeous mountains to kayaking on Lake Wakatipu.

After an unforgettable family vacation exploring New Zealand’s highlights and magical movie locations, their journey came to an end and they began their trip home.

Our ReferenceD300

Day 1
Upon arrival to Auckland, you will be transferred from the airport to your stylish accommodations at CityLife Auckland. Spend the afternoon seeing the sights of the City of Sails.
CityLife Auckland

Day 2
Today, you will pick up your rental car and drive to the movie set of Hobbiton and The Shire. Duck into the hobbit holes and grab a drink at the Green Dragon Inn while learning about the fascinating process of constructing The Shire. After your tour, continue on to Rotorua and check into your hotel before continuing the day’s adventures. This afternoon, you will take a suspended walk through the trees of the ancient Redwoods Forest. Get a bird’s eye view of the lush forest where scenes from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon were filmed.
Quest Rotorua Central

Day 3
Today, you can explore the fascinating city of Rotorua at your own pace. Rotorua is home to many natural attractions and a central hub of Maori culture. Your Magical New Zealand: Movie Locations Tour package includes a Rotorua Diamond Pass, which allows entry to all of the city’s top attractions. See an exciting sheep show, visit beautiful parks, and much more.
Quest Rotorua Central

Day 4
Today, take your rental car and enjoy a scenic drive to your accommodations in Wellington. On the way, enjoy stunning views of plantation pine forest, volcanoes, and the picturesque Mangaweka Gorge.
CQ Quality Hotel Wellington

Day 5
This morning, head to Weta Studios, the Academy Award-winning company whose artists helped bring to life Elliot from Pete’s Dragon. See props, models, and weaponry from your favorite movies and learn about the process of creating these magical items. After your tour, explore the gorgeous city of Wellington at your leisure.
CQ Quality Hotel Wellington

Day 6
Today, you’ll make your way to the airport and fly to Dunedin. Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to Distinction Dunedin, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.
Distinction Dunedin

Day 7
This morning, take a delicious tour of the Cadbury World chocolate factory. Spend the rest of the day exploring Dunedin at your leisure. This fascinating coastal city was influenced by Maori, Scottish, and Chinese culture. Explore the charming city center or take an outdoor adventure on the city’s natural playground.
Distinction Dunedin

Day 8
Take a scenic drive to Queenstown (to see more magical Disney’s Pete’s Dragon filming locations, visit the fishing town of Tapanui en route) and your accommodations at Blue Peaks Lodge. Queenstown is a buzzing cosmopolitan center nestled on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and ringed by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing.
Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 9 – 10
The next 2 days are yours to spend at your leisure. Enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer, including fine dining and wine, art, endless outdoor activities, and more.
Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 11
Today marks the end of your magical New Zealand adventure. Drop off your rental car at the airport and begin your journey home.

  • Transfer from Auckland Airport to accommodation
  • 1 night City Life Auckland
  • Rental car – full size sedan, 9 days
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Redwoods Forest Treewalk
  • 2 nights Quest Rotorua Central
  • Rotorua Diamond Pass
  • CQ Quality Hotel Wellington
  • Weta Studios tour
  • 2 nights Distinction Dunedin
  • Cadbury World factory tour
  • 3 nights Blue Peaks Lodge

Must book by Sept. 30, 2016; valid for travel through Dec. 1, 2016