Wellington prepares for The Hobbit world premiere

Sculptures being moved into place ahead of The Hobbit's world premiere in New Zealand
Sculptures being moved into place ahead of The Hobbit's world premiere in New Zealand Credit: Reuters TV

Fans are beginning to gather in Wellington, New Zealand, as preparations are underway for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, is being turned into a Middle Earth haven
The cinema in Wellington, New Zealand, is being turned into a Middle Earth haven Credit: Reuters TV

The film is the first in director Peter Jackson's new trilogy based on the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Some fans have even come dressed as some of the characters
Some fans have even come dressed as some of the characters Credit: Reuters TV

Jackson wrote on Facebook earlier, "Our first press conference in the magnificent marae at Te Papa - New Zealand's national museum here in Wellington. World Premiere of the movie in a few hours".

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World premiere of The Hobbit

New Zealand's capital city Wellington is preparing itself for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie is director Peter Jackson's first film in a new triliogy based on the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien.