Andrew writes: According to this article (posted on September 29th), Ian McKellen is back in New Zealand, and will have another break in December.

“Sir Ian, who has now returned to New Zealand to continue filming both parts of The Hobbit, said: “I have got a break at Christmas and I wasn’t going to come home but I think I will now I have the pub. I really enjoy just sitting here in the evening. In New Zealand I will be based in Wellington but we are on location up and down the country shooting both films at the same time.”