The Hobbit Premiere: When and where

Tips and map for the intrepid hobbit-spotter

Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
hobbit road closure map

THE WAY IS SHUT: A map showing the road arrangements for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington.

The Hobbit premiere red carpet
A view of the end of Courtenay Pl near the Embassy Theatre as the premiere event for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey heats up.

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Those looking to spot a hobbit at today's premiere in Wellington will be among thousands of others - so it would be wise to put some thought into planning and timing.

Parking will be at a premium near the event, so public transport or walking is advised. Generally, traffic around the CBD can be expected to be very heavy, so avoid driving if possible.

The MetService predicted a cloudy day with a high of 19 degrees Celsius requiring one to two layers of clothing. Southerlies this morning would give way to strengthening northerlies in the afternoon - but mostly it will be a lovely day for the event.

Pre-screening entertainment in Courtenay Place begins at 2pm, with giveaways from the likes of Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand. Neil Finn will play in front of the Embassy Theatre from 4pm.

Stars and VIPs are expected to arrive on the red carpet from 4.30pm onwards and the premiere screenings at The Embassy and Reading begin at 7pm. Screenings should finish about 9.50pm.

The Hobbit Market at Waitangi Park will open at noon and close at 4pm, and the live feed of the red carpet will begin for those who do not want to join the crowds on Courtenay Place.

Those looking for a spot on the front line were advised to pick a spot early and bring enough food, water and sunscreen to get through the afternoon.

Prime Minister John Key, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Sir Peter Jackson would give speeches about 6.30pm.

A grandstand with views of the red carpet will be set up on Courtenay Place. Tickets could be won as spot prizes and by entering competitions at the Hobbit Market during the day.

Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-adorned plane would fly over Courtenay Place at 5.30pm.


For those who can't make it down to the event, will have live streaming video coverage throughout the event. Check in between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.


Buses that usually travel through Courtenay Pl and Manners will be diverted along Taranaki St, Victoria St and Mercer St.

Some bus services have been cancelled, so expect delays.

There will be additional train services on the Johnsonville, Kapiti and Hutt Valley train lines.

An additional ferry service will depart from Queens Wharf at 8pm to Days Bay.

Check Metlink for a complete rundown of bus, train and ferry services.




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