Queenstown’s locals became the cast of the people of Rohan.

Hobbit‘ filming publicity

Filming part of The Hobbit on location in Queenstown gives the opportunity for “significant exposure” for the Wakatipu on the main world tourism markets, Destination Queenstown says.

DQ chief executive Tony Everitt was asked to comment yesterday after proposals lodged by Three Foot Seven Ltd to film sequences in at least three Wakatipu locations.

The Wellington production company applied this month for resource consent for filming activities involving “over 200 people” between early October and mid-December.

Queenstown Lakes agency Ican Models & Talent was getting “a wonderful response” from advertisements for extras with “character faces” for an undisclosed shoot in late October, late November or early December, director Tracy Neave said yesterday.

Filming was proposed to occur mainly at Arcadia Station, Glenorchy, and on nearby land owned by the Paradise Trust, with an additional site at Tucker Beach, by the Shotover River.

Flight plans were also detailed for filming at Greenstone Station on the western side of Lake Wakatipu.

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