“A Party of Special Magnificence”

Red Carpet Tours in conjunction with the TheOneRing.net are having a Hobbit Premiere Costume Party in Wellington on November 26.

You provide your own costume and we’ll provide the atmosphere, music, nibbles and specially invited guests. And what an atmosphere, as hundreds of fans celebrate The Hobbit!

All those booked on the Red Carpet Hobbit Premiere Tour, you have your ticket price included in your Tour payment.

Those of you on the shorter TheOneRing.net Tour and those who will be in Wellington for the World Premiere – you can buy your tickets directly through our Secure Booking Form

It’s a serious topic for the hundreds of film and tourism workers among the 2000-strong crowd, but Wellington’s Save the Hobbit rally had a terrific positive energy. The party atmosphere was helped by the music – Wellington bands like Fly My Pretties (I think!), Poi E! from the movie Boy, and when the time came to concentrate our attention on the subject at hand, a beautiful rendition of Pokarekareana.

The crowd fell silent and after an introduction from our newly-elected mayor (Celia Wade-Brown, who’s something of a tech geek), we heard Richard Taylor address the crowd, which he did with his usual blend of sincerity, passion and gentle humour. Continue reading “Party Atmosphere at Wellington Hobbit Rally”

New Zealand’s blockbuster film locations have moved visitors to tears, with Lord of the Rings scenes likened to the Holy Grail – but Wellington is falling short. A study of film tourism by Anne Buchmann, tourism management lecturer at Victoria University Management School, reveals a thriving industry with more than 35 operators nationwide offering tours linked to films including The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Last Samurai and Whale Rider. Dr Buchmann said the industry was worth millions, with 30,000 tourists a year visiting Lord of the Rings site Hobbiton, on private farmland near Matamata. The last film in the Rings trilogy was released in 2002. Adults pay $58 to visit the hobbit village, which has largely been returned to its original state though it still has 17 remaining “hobbit holes” and some film set remnants. Capital falls short on movie tours