The premiere was over, but the night was young for the cast and crew of the Hobbit.
After the world premiere of the film finished, cars with dark-tinted windows chauffeured the stars and VIPs to the waterfront to party the night away at Dockside and Shed 5, which were both cordoned off with fences lit with orange and purple lights.
The cars were rolling up from about 10.15pm, and many of the guests were carrying gift bags emblazoned with the Hobbit logo.
Among those spotted entering the party were Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Neil Finn, Jemaine Clement and John Key.
While most were dropped straight at the entrance and entered with a wave to the small crowd, director Sir Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis, who played Gollum, stopped to shake hands and sign autographs.
Serkis said it had been amazing to see the film in 48-frames.
''It was an extraordinary experience, just wonderful to watch it with my wife ... It's like a huge feast that you can sink your teeth into.''
A small crowd had gathered at a barrier to watch the stars arrive, including Jenny Scott, 25.
The doctor said she had driven down from Palmerston North for the premiere, but had only arrived at the red carpet towards the end, so it was a thrill to be able to spot the stars up close.
They'd stopped after seeing the barrier, thinking ''there's got to be someone good'', she said.
She spoke to Serkis and posed for a photo with him describing him as a ''nice guy''.
''What a legend.''
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