FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Experiencing Middle-Earth with Red Carpet Tours

by Michele Leivas

Oct 23, 2014

Frodo’s home in Bag End, New Zealand © Dieter Beckoetter | Dreamstime

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

J.R.R. Tolkien fans loved Middle-earth, Frodo and, yes, even Gollum long before the trilogy was made into a four-part movie series, beginning in 2001 with The Fellowship of the Ring. What the movie did, though, was bring to life the world Tolkien created and give form to what his readers had only been able to imagine until that point.


For true fans, there is now a way to experience the world of Frodo and Gandalf first-hand with New Zealand’s Red Carpet Tour company. Founded in 2002, Red Carpet specializes in both extended- and day-tours of the locations seen in the trilogy, as well as the recent films in The Hobbit series. Erica Challis, a local Lord of the Rings scholar and author of The People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien was brought on board to ensure the tours would meet the discerning Tolkien fan’s expectations. Challis was instrumental to the tour company’s launch in the early 2000s.


Ten- and 14-day tours are offered, which include lodging and full breakfasts, that will take travelers to well-known movie and book sites, like Frodo’s Shire and Rohan country, as well as optional add-ons, including a two-hour helicopter ride to the Rivendell and Mt. Olympus. Site visits are interspersed with presentations by Lord of the Ring and Hobbit experts, such as Daniel Reeve, a calligrapher.


Day tours are also offered for those who may not wish to commit an entire vacation in New Zealand solely to the world of Middle-earth. The Hobbiton Day Tour, for example, will take visitors on a scenic drive of The Shire, where they can dine at The Green Dragon and enjoy 90 minutes on the Hobbiton movie set.


2015 tour dates are available on the company’s website, as well as pricing and contact information. This is a must-see for any true Tolkien fan!



Insta Feed
Feb 23, 2024

Experience Cherry Blossom Beauty This Spring with These 4 Hotels

Cherry blossom season is right around the corner. Check out these hotels and destinations to see cherry blossoms in their prime.

Experience Ireland’s
Wild Atlantic Way

From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.

Feb 22, 2024

What Are the Best Destinations for a Road Trip?

Planning an international road trip for later this year? You’ll want to choose your destination carefully, as some are better than others. Compare the Market, a platform helping shoppers compare insurance, recently conducted a survey to uncover which international destinations are best for a road trip, based on factors such as gas prices, fatal accident likelihood, traffic, car rental costs and road quality.

Destinations / North America
Feb 22, 2024

Why Santa Barbara Needs to Be on Your Radar for Earth Day

Santa Barbara should be on your radar for Earth Day 2024. Santa Barbara has put on its annual Earth Day Festival, with more than 22,000 visitors each year, since its founding in 1970 and has featured notable speakers like Jane Fonda.

Fill Your Heart with Ireland

Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?

Feb 22, 2024

Seek Wellness Before the Wedding at St. Lucia’s StolenTime

If the bride-to-be seeks a restorative getaway pre-wedding, rather than a raucous event, St. Lucia’s StolenTime all-inclusive resort offers pampering over partying with its new Bachelorette on the Beach package.