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Hobbit Cast Arrives in Dunedin, Ready to Film

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The hobbit production has moved over to Dunedin, to set up shop at Takaka Hill. Over the weekend, hundreds of hobbit cast members and crew were seen arriving at the Dunedin International airport.  Actual locations of filming have been kept hush hush, but there have been many hobbit witnesses within the towns of Queenstown and Middlemarch.

Trucks hauling equipment have been seen near the top of Takaka Hill, leading to believe production shop has found a home for the next few months.  TORn provides a good description of the hill:

Hidden in the limestone landscapes on Takaka Hill is a massive sinkhole 15m in diameter and dropping to a depth of 200m known as Harwoods Hole. A short half-day track leads from the boundary of Abel Tasman National Park to the edge of the hole. Cavers often abseil into its depths and emerge out from a cave system near Takaka. After checking out the sink hole, go to the lookout which overlooks The Gorge Creek, some 538m straight down. All up, it’s an impressive trip.

Peter Jackson has made it very clear that they are actually ahead of schedule in reaching their December 2012 opening date for the first film.  Stay tuned!

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  • Gsvnofixedabode

    Bit of a mixup there: 3’6 arrived through Dunedin airport to go to Middlemarch for filming over the past week, not for the Takaka Hill area.  They have also set up a base in the Nelson Region for filming, including the Takaka Hill area  – that’s at the other end of the South Island, about 500-odd Kms north of Dunedin.

  • Valentina

    Thank you to give so much details about the film!^^ It is very interesting to know that it is going on well. Just as other people fan of Tolkien or other Person, Character surrounding the film I am so impatient to see how it will look like!^^ good luck with it and have fun!

  • Mntartara

    is going to be too much for my wait until 2013!!!! porque no llega antes a argentinaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! buaaaa°!!!!  thanks for all the information, is a better way to wait for the movie

  • Luiza Odara

    Yeah!!! Ahead of schedule! That’s awesome! I’m dying to see this movie <3

  • Luiza Odara

    That’s right

  • Janet

    Takaka and the limestone cave and Abel Tasman Park are all geographically located at the top of the South Island and Dunedin is near the bottom of the South Island so whoever is writing these snippets of news really needs to be a lot more sure of their facts.  Very confusing.

  • Janet

    Takaka and the limestone cave and Abel Tasman Park are all geographically located at the top of the South Island and Dunedin is near the bottom of the South Island so whoever is writing these snippets of news really needs to be a lot more sure of their facts.  Very confusing.