Pelorus shoot link to premiere

Celebrating The Desolation of Smaug

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 07:19 04/12/2013
Steve Jacobs
Germari Herselman

Live feed: An Australia film crew for the Channel 9 Today Show film weather presenter Steve Jacobs with Blenheim chef Dave Anderson live while cooking at the Pelorus River.

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Australian Channel 9 Today Show filmed live from Pelorus River yesterday morning to celebrate the premiere of the second Hobbit movie.

The channel filmed its weather segment right on the river's edge.

Today Show weather presenter Steve Jacobs said he understood why Sir Peter Jackson chose the Pelorus River to film scenes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

"New Zealand undoubtedly has the most beautiful scenery in the world, specifically the South Island. Peter Jackson had an eye for these beautiful places, it's magnificent," he said.

The crew travels the globe up to 300 days of the year and films the weather segment for the morning show from a different location every day.

"We are all about beautiful pictures for television and New Zealand never fails us. The most beautiful place in the world to me used to be a toss up between the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the South Island of New Zealand, but travelling New Zealand has won me over," Mr Jacobs said.

In the segment the wide variety of fresh Marlborough produce was put on display with the help of local Essence Events chef Dave Anderson.

He said that it was great to be a part of showing what makes Marlborough such a great region, especially for a chef like himself. "We smoked a salmon on the barbecue, served fresh berries and cheeses with wine produced in the region, Steve even had a drink of our pure New Zealand water straight from the Pelorus live on air," Mr Anderson said.

He was nervous about making his first television appearance, but knowing his parents who live on the Gold Coast of Australia were watching made it easier and it was painless and over in a flash, he said.

The crew filmed at Hobbiton in Matamata the day before and had home-made Hobbiton ale at the Green Dragon Inn like the hobbits had in the movies.

Mr Jacobs instagrammed two photos yesterday of the New Zealand landscape and Hobbiton and had the biggest response yet in his career. "People are very interested in the hobbit films and in return New Zealand as well, it can only mean great things for the future of these beautiful place," he said.

He hoped more people would travel here and that they too will be amazed at the spectacular views around every corner while travelling thorough he country.

WIN TICKETS : The Express is giving away a double pass to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Top Town Cinemas in Blenheim.

To win email your name, address and day time phone number to news@mex.co.nz by December 10.

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- The Marlborough Express

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