Hobbit stars trickle in to Wellington

SNEAKING: Andy Serkis, who voices and plays Gollum, arrived in New Zealand ahead of the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
SNEAKING: Andy Serkis, who voices and plays Gollum, arrived in New Zealand ahead of the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit fever is taking hold in Wellington, with at least three stars already in the capital ahead of Wednesday's big premiere.

Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood flew in to New Zealand this morning and have already flown to Wellington.

They were photographed at Auckland International airport before heading to the domestic terminal for the final leg of their journey.

BACK IN AOTEAROA: Elijah Wood, who reprises his role of Frodo in the Hobbit trilogy, flew in to New Zealand ahead of the premiere of An Unexpected Journey.
BACK IN AOTEAROA: Elijah Wood, who reprises his role of Frodo in the Hobbit trilogy, flew in to New Zealand ahead of the premiere of An Unexpected Journey.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to line the streets of Wellington for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Wednesday.

The weather forecast is good, with sunny skies and a high of 21 degrees Celsius predicted by MetService.

The Dominion Post