Not a UFO after all

MEG THOMPSON
Last updated 11:09 25/05/2012

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Foundations for a luxury hotel? A millionaire's residence? An alien invasion?

The bright white lights at night and two tower cranes near the northern end of Miramar peninsula have puzzled Hataitai and Roseneath residents observing from afar.

It turns out there are no UFOs involved. It's a large film set, apparently for The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson's production company, 3 Foot 7, was granted resource consent some months ago to use the land for filming from March to May.

The bright lights can be seen from the top of the northern end of the Miramar hill. The film set is on Defence Force-owned land.

Miramar and Seatoun residents suggest large fight scenes are being shot. In its application, 3 Foot 7 said up to 60 shipping containers would be taken to the area to act as rigging for scaffolding, and 600 people would be on the set during filming.

Publicists for The Hobbit declined to comment on the nightly lights show.

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