The stars of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey paid a visit to Zealandia yesterday ahead of tomorrow's world premiere.
Actors Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage flew into the capital on Sunday and spent yesterday with Hugo Weaving at the nature sanctuary.
Zealandia spokeswoman Lauren Shaer said the group were filming an interview for an American show at the wildlife sanctuary.
"They were all really lovely. Hugo was especially interested in our conservation work as he is involved with similar projects himself.
"One of their security asked me if the kiwi was a saltwater or freshwater bird. I'm still not sure if he was pulling my leg but you don't want to mess with a big guy in a suit.
"The takahe popped out to see what all the commotion was about, but all eyes were on the Hobbit stars."
Wood and director Sir Peter Jackson, surprised guests at last night's pre-premiere party organised by fansite TheOneRing.net.
This morning, a Hobbit-themed plane will arrive at Wellington Airport, bringing more stars into the city.
- The Dominion Post
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