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Wellington ‘Hobbit’ Premiere Date Announced!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Middle-earthlings! A recent article posted by, names November 28th as the official premiere date for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, taking place at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, NZ. So far the list of confirmed celebrities attending include Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Orlando Bloom.

“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,” said director Peter Jackson. “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.”

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said, “We’re very proud that The Hobbit was made in Wellington and we’ll have a celebration to remember.”

With the council’s budget set around 1.15 million, this is going to be a premiere to remember, and Middle-earth Network isn’t missing out! This past winter we announced our ‘Long Expected Journey Tour’ to New Zealand, put together by the award winning author and photographer, Ian Brodie.

Join us on our adventure as we watch The Hobbit cast walk down the Courtenay Place red carpet! Trip highlights include a welcome group dinner in Auckland, touring the Waitomo Caves, a specially guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, a Hangi dinner in Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Wellington & Weta Cave and more!

Famous filming locations such as Hobbiton, Amon Hen, Ithilien, The Emyn Muil, Embassy Theatre, Mordor, The Pelennor Fields, Aslans Camp, Rohan, Edoras, Narnia in Spring, Isengard and Rivendell – plus MANY MORE!

Our tour takes place from Wednesday November 21st to Wednesday December 5th. Space is LIMITED and already filling up!! To secure your seat, submit your security deposit, or learn more about the tour and it’s itenerary, please visit

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  1. Oh my gracious, this just gets me SO excited for the trip!! Can’t till I’m there at the premiere!!

  2. We have a date!

  3. *crawling into a pillow corner to sob quietly*

  4. The date sounds perfect! Go take LOTS of crazy pictures of all the crazy folk who will be there too!!! Have fun!!!

  5. I am beyond excited.. oh my goodness! ^_^

  6. I CANNOT WAIT THIS LONG. I cannot. That’s it. I’m taking Waitmate.

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