Sir Peter Jackson has thanked cast and crew for their part in shooting The Hobbit.
The director confirmed on his Facebook page today that principal photography for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wound up today.
"We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit," the Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy posted.
"Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con."
Within 25 minutes of the post appearing more than 8000 people had "liked" the update, and more than 1000 had shared it with others.
The film is the first of two multimillion-dollar Hollywood blockbusters telling the story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins' quest into the heart of a dragon's treasure-laden lair.
The film has been shot here in Wellington, with famous faces from the cast and crew becoming familiar sights around that city over the past two years.
The world premiere will also be held in Wellington on November 28.
Wellington City Council has set aside about $1 million for the event and has said it will be on a similar scale to The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King world premiere held in 2003, with a street parade and public entertainment.
- The Dominion Post