Photos: Hobbiton in all its glory
Tourist attraction will remain 'for generations'TOM CARDY
Standing with Prime Minister John Key in the front garden of a meticulously detailed hobbit hole on the Hobbiton set, Sir Peter Jackson announced that Hobbiton would remain as a permanent tourist attraction once filming was completed.
More than 200,000 people had visited the remains of the Hobbiton set, despite it being dismanted after The Lord of the Rings.
"It's fantastic that it can stay here because our sets are usually made of polystyrene and they go off to the tip," Sir Peter said.
"I'm actually thrilled that a set like this which is so gorgeous and beautiful and the setting is so fantastic, can stay here. It's been all built of permanent materials.
"It feels great. I have been walking down some of the same lanes at the end of the day, especially when we finished the day's shooting and the sun's gone down. I think that I've been on the same path 12 years ago and it looks exactly the same - but I'm not the same."
"People for generations will come and enjoy this," said Mr Key, who is also tourism minister.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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