We’re Going Back to Middle-Earth!

Are you a true LotR FAN? Then join us, FAN MOGULS the series,  as we journey “Back to Middle-Earth” — November 18 – 27, 2016. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Weta Workshop, Weta Digital and The Hobbiton Movie Set and many other spectacular well known local sites? BUT, this is NO ORDINARY trip. Travel with FAN MOGULS and be part our upcoming TV series, while sharing unprecedented access to the best playground on the planet – and, an adventure of a lifetime!

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Sir Richard Taylor and Executive Producer Velva Carter at Weta Cave after an exclusive interview with Richard and several Weta Workshop staff members.

How can I join your team this year?

WOW, that is a great question! Last year, producers Velva Carter, David Maloof and Doug Dunklin took their first trip to New Zealand; and this year, they cannot stop talking about their experience. The goal last year was to scout, learn, and prepare for our upcoming episode FAN MOGULS Journey to Middle-earth.  The return trip will include a few more crew members and one of our Fan Moguls to host the episode. Somehow, a few other friends (fans) heard about our upcoming trip and asked the question:  “I would love to go. How can I join your team this year?”

Originally, our team consisted of seven (7) production members. However, after giving it some thought, and discussing it with Weta Workshop, and our producing staff, we have agreed to expand it to a total of fifteen (15). Thus, making room for a few lucky fans to join us on this adventure!

Not only will you experience an adventure of a lifetime, you will also be featured in our upcoming FAN MOGULS TV series!! Not to mention, to experience unprecedented access, front seat to exclusive interviews, attend private functions and enjoy an incredible holiday feast at The Green Dragon™ Inn within The Shire!!!!

Next came the bigger question, Who gets to go???  We have so many friends and fans who have asked, how can we make this fair for all? Hence, our producers have agreed to open it up to TRUE FANS!!!! Fans who are professional, passionate, dedicated to the enhancement of the LotR universe – and of course, people we like!!!!


So, it will be up to you. Show us your spunk and creativity. Send us a 60 – 90 second video, telling our producers why you should be selected to join our team. Now these spots are NOT FREE – you will pay your way! However, because you will be part of our team, the discounts are steep. See the PRICING section first, before you submit your video. Also, check out the RULES and other submission links before submitting your video. You must have the funds in order to travel with us!

Our producers will review the videos and then hand-pick those potential or future FAN MOGULS who are true fans, schedule a one-on-one Skype meeting with each finalist, and then invite them to join us!!!! Deadline for video submissions is July 31, 2016.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of the travel time and time difference, we are scheduling two (2) departure dates from LAX: Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th. All participants MUST arrive in Wellington, NZ by Sunday, November 20th.

Who is eligible for consideration?

  • Must be 21 or older.
  • Must have a VALID Passport.
  • Must provide proof of payment.
  • Must deposit $500.00 upon selection.
  • Must be a US or Canadian resident

Please read, sign and forward all legal documents before submitting your video.

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Fan Moguls Itinerary 

Sunday – November 20th

  • Full team arrives in Wellington, NZ
  • Fan Moguls Reception

Monday – November 21st

  • Breakfast
  • Weta Workshop
          – Tour Weta Workshop
          –  Facebook Live Stream Interview
          –  Interviews with Weta Workshop Staff
  • Drinks at La Boca Loca
  • Dinner at The Roxy Cinema w/ Private Tour and Special Guest
  • Overnight in Wellington

Tuesday – November 22nd

 Wednesday – November 23rd

  • Breakfast
  • Film and Tour The Hobbiton Movie Set
         –  Morning and Afternoon Shoot
         –  Evening Tour
         –  Holiday Feast | The Green Dragon Inn
  • Overnight near Matamata

 Thursday – November 24th

  • Return Travel to Wellington and Sightseeing
         –  Breakfast / Shopping, Matamata, NZ
         –  Travel to Aratiatia Rapids
         –  View/film rapids (Floodgates open at 10&12)
         –  Travel to Mt. Ruapehu
         –  Lunch at The Chateau
         –  Visit/Film “Mordor”
         –   Visit/Film Tawhai Falls
  • Dinner
  • Travel to Wellington
  • Overnight in Wellington

 Friday – November 25th

  • Breakfast
  • Tour/film Wellington
  • Te Papa Tongarewa Museum
         –  The Waterfront
         –  War Canoes
         –  Mount Victoria
         –  Other Locations
  • Interview w/ WellingtonNZ Tourism
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Wellington

 Saturday – November 26th

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Wellington, NZ, and LOTR sites
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Wellington

 Sunday – November 27th

  • Team depart NZ for LAX

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Bilbo’s Shire!
  • Experience Breathtaking Mordor
  • Be featured in our Fan Moguls series
  • Tour Wellington, Matamata and LotR Sites
  • Visit Wellywood: Sir Peter Jackson’s Studios
  • Discover Sir Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop
  • Travel to Aratiatia Rapids, Mt. Ruapehu, and Tawhai Falls
  • Attend a breathtaking holiday feast – The Green Dragon Inn
  • and, much, much more…


  • Only $3,500.00 per person
  • Arriving in Wellington, New Zealand – Sunday, November, 20, 2016.
  • Departing New Zealand – Sunday, November, 27, 2016.
  • This price includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Wellington, NZ only!
  • You MUST provide your on transportation to and from Los Angeles, CA (LAX).

Trip to New Zealand

Included in the cost:

  • Round-trip airfare from LAX
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Meet & Greet Upon Arrival
  • The Roxy Cinema Dinner
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • The Hobbiton Movie Set Holiday Feast
  • Wellington Tour

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