When The Hobbit came to Wellington

Wellington was buzzing for the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

On the 28th November 2012, thousands of fans and international press lined the streets of the coolest little capital of Wellington to celebrate the stars and crew of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The whole city got involved in turning Wellington into the Middle of Middle-earth. Stars and VIPs will walk more than 500 metres of red carpet from Reading Cinema to The Embassy Theatre, both of which will be screening the film for invited guests on premiere night. The event was covered by press from around the world.

 “I'm absolutely thrilled that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had its world premiere in the Middle of Middle-earth,” said the film’s director Sir Peter Jackson.

Celebrations for the World Premiere included:

  • A ‘countdown clock’ installed on the front of the Embassy Theatre. The clock counted down the minutes to the beginning of the Premiere celebrations.
  • Stunning artwork inspired by The Hobbit Trilogy welcomed visitors at Wellington International Airport and across the city.
  • A Hobbit-inspired Artisan Festival in Waitangi Park showcased the various craftspeople and talent involved in the making of The Hobbit Trilogy.
  • Outdoor, free public screenings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy lead-up to the premiere night event.

While you’re here in Wellington, make sure you jump aboard a Lord of the Rings tour! Expert Wellington tour guides – often extras from the films - share the secrets of film-making at scenic The Lord of the Rings locations. You will also be taken to the famous Weta Cave, where the story of the city’s world class production, digital effects and artists are shared.

If you want to plan your trip in Wellington to make the most of The Lord of the Rings, check out a suggested itinerary. For all you need to know about visiting Wellington during the month of November, be sure to check out MiddleofMiddle-earth.com.

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