Chosen from more than 140,000 entries following a global contest, The Hobbit Fan Fellowship is on a journey to visit locations that appear in The Hobbit Trilogy and meet behind-the-scenes creative talent involved in the films.
New Zealand's adventure capital
Day three saw the fans fly south to Queenstown. New Zealand’s adventure capital is also the scene of countless battle scenes from The Hobbit Trilogy.
From Queenstown, the fans travelled the beautiful Glenorchy road to visit Paradise - a rural district renowned for beautiful backdrops that were used to depict the perfect Middle-earth in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogies. The fans also had the chance to view the site of the Pillar of Kings, home of the Kawarau Bungy and Zipline.
The excitement was palpable as the fans travelled with Queenstown’s Nomad Safaris to Arcadia Station - a working high country farm in Paradise which is the setting for Beorn’s House in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The fans had a plenty of time to catch their breath in the stunning surroundings of Paradise, overlooked by Mt Earnslaw - representing The Misty Mountain Paths in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, before the hunt for the ‘one ring’ began.
The competition saw the fans embark on a treasure hunt around Paradise to find a large replica ‘one ring'.
The ecstatic winner was Ann Mannens - a police inspector from Antwerp Belgium - who became the luckiest fan of them all with a seat beside Sir Peter Jackson at an exclusive pre-screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Wellington, New Zealand.
After a day in Middle-earth, a bunch of the fans took the ultimate plunge with a bungy jump into the famed Kawarau Gorge. Queenstown is the home of New Zealand's adventure tourism experiences and AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy is the world-first-ever commercial bungy jump.
After Queenstown, the journey will end in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and Peter Jackson’s home town, for a private screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Often referred to as ‘Wellywood’, Wellington is the home of Peter’s filmmaking operations and a must-stop for film fans visiting New Zealand.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) - will be released on 11 December. It is the third film in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy.
About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic The Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
The Hobbit Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. www.thehobbit.net