Following on the coattails of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is preparing itself for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for release on December 13, 2012, but will premiere on November 28 in Wellington and local tourism operators say they are preparing themselves for a flood of tourists and bookings.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said tourists and locals alike would not want to miss the event of 2012.
“Thousands of fans from all over the world, alongside a huge media contingent, will be in Wellington for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s premiere and we’ll show them all that our compact, cosmopolitan capital has to offer,” said Mayor Wade-Brown.
When The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King premiered in Wellington in 2003, it is believed 120,000 people lined the city’s streets to congratulate the filmmakers and stars. Speaking about the two year-long filming of his latest film, Sir Peter Jackson said all the hard work and late nights would pay off and that the premiere night is a must for any fan of films and culture. Plus, you might just get the chance to spot a few stars.
“I know I speak for a company of hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs when I say that this city holds a special place in all our hearts. We cannot think of a more perfect way to send The Hobbit off into the world than to celebrate with a huge party here in Wellington, where the journey began.”
The second film in the series, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is set to be released on December 12 in 2013.
Apart from the film premiere, other Wellington highlights include New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa, its famous City Gallery, the Wellington Cable Car and more cafes and bars than you could hope to sample in a lifetime. Visit uat-public.gorentals.co.nz/explore-new-zealand/wellington/ for more information on what to do in, what has rightfully come to be called, the country’s ‘creative capital’.