"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its long-expected party in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, on Wednesday. Thousands of fans lined the blocks-long red carpet to greet director Peter Jackson and his cast of dwarfs, hobbits and wizards.
Wellington's Embassy Theater was decorated to look like a hobbit house as cast members Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving in addition to Gandalf's band of dwarfs soaked in the fan adoration. Director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, also attended the event.
According to the Associated Press, an Air New Zealand plane decorated with characters from "The Hobbit" flew low over the city, drawing huge fan cheers.
Jackson filmed both the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the three "Hobbit" films in New Zealand, making extensive use of the country's landscape.