Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

1. Up to 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited Middle Earth epic.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

2. Hobbit fever has seized New Zealand and the capital is dotted with giant sculptures of key characters such as Gandalf the wizard atop.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

3. …and a bug-eyed Gollum greeting visitors at the airport.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

4. Even the airport baggage conveyor belts have been given a Hobbit makeover.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

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Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

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Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

7. Images of scenes from the film and British actor Martin Freeman playing the central role of Bilbo Baggins cover the entire facades.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

8. …to the side of an Air New Zealand plane.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

9. Air New Zealand has gone Hobbit-mad with a Middle Earth safety video…

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere

10. …and Hobbit flight socks.

Hobbit fever has seized Wellington in New Zealand ahead of the world premiere