The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, the ultimate contest to find the world’s most ardent fans of The Hobbit Trilogy, is underway with the first of a series of challenges unveiled in Australia today and across the world over the next few days.
Fans can now send a postcard to director Sir Peter Jackson detailing why they should be part of a global fellowship of fans as part of their quest to journey to New Zealand, the cinematic Middle-earth, for a world-first private screening of Sir Peter’s final film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, in his hometown of Wellington.
‘Postcard to Peter’ is the first of four challenges created for The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, which will invite up to 75 of the film trilogy’s most ardent fans from around the world to travel to New Zealand for the journey of a lifetime.
The fans, along with a friend, will fly to New Zealand with Air New Zealand, the official airline to Middle-earth, arriving in early November.
Once on the ground, they’ll be hosted by Tourism New Zealand – the country’s tourism authority – and taken on a five-day journey through the locations and landscapes made famous by The Hobbit Trilogy.
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says he is looking forward to welcoming The Hobbit Fan Fellowship fans to New Zealand, home of Middle-earth.
“We look forward to welcoming the lucky winners to Middle-earth, New Zealand and showing them that here, every day is a different journey, and one they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says this competition is an exciting opportunity for Hobbit fans as well as New Zealand’s tourism industry.
“Air New Zealand has invested heavily in recent years in campaigns to market The Hobbit films and we have seen interest in New Zealand as a destination grow as a result. We hope this competition will further build on that work and encourage more people to consider a trip to the cinematic Middle-earth,” says Mr Luxon.
Fans will discover that the fantasy Middle-earth landscapes from The Hobbit Trilogy are real locations with an abundance of activities and experiences to be enjoyed.
Fans will experience a Maori cultural performance and a traditional hangi – a meal cooked underground followed by a feast fit for a dwarf the following night at Hobbiton Movie Set – a picturesque private farm and the big-screen home of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
No journey to Middle-earth would be complete without a visit to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and the scene of countless battle scenes from The Hobbit Trilogy. Fans will get to walk in the footsteps of their heroes through Paradise, visiting the site of the Pillar of Kings, home of the Kawarau Bungy and relaxing over a coffee under the Misty Mountains at Wanaka.
Supporting the fans’ journey are New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, which will handle the worldwide theatrical distribution of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies later this year, along with MGM in select territories.