The Hobbit

Otago lauded in Hobbit featurette

Otago lauded in Hobbit featurette

Two of Otago's best-kept secrets have been given global exposure by the stars of The Hobbit in the worldwide home entertainment release of The Desolation of Smaug this week.

'Hobbit' tome not for casual fans

'Hobbit' tome not for casual fans

At the end of any blockbuster fantasy, an enormous list of technical functions and the names of those who filled them winds slowly past our eyes.

Otago: Clip sells 'Hobbit' locations to world

Otago: Clip sells 'Hobbit' locations to world

Strath Taieri, Queenstown and Central Otago landscapes are being showcased to the world in a new six-minute film clip included in all DVD releases of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Hobbit film 'promotes smoking' to children

Hobbit film 'promotes smoking' to children

One of the world's leading anti-smoking researchers and campaigners has accused the New Zealand Government of hypocrisy and sabotaging its own efforts to eliminate tobacco use by 2025.

Scenery stars in featurette

Scenery stars in featurette

Worldwide fans of The Hobbit will be told Queenstown is ''a beautiful jewel at the bottom of the world'' and Strath Taieri is ''glorious'' when they watch a special feature on the locations used in the trilogy from the comfort of their own homes.

PM's office stands by number of 'Hobbit' jobs

PM's office stands by number of 'Hobbit' jobs

The Prime Minister's office is standing by its tally of the number of jobs created by The Hobbit after criticism it had plucked the number "out of thin air".

The Hobbit: should we have paid?

The Hobbit: should we have paid?

A majority of New Zealanders polled by the New Zealand Herald back the $67 million in tax breaks given to the producers of The Hobbit by the Government - but only if the films return more than that to the local economy.

Hobbit already driving rise in visitors

Hobbit  already driving rise in visitors

The Hobbit trilogy is already being credited with a big boost to New Zealand tourism with flight bookings jumping significantly as fans flock here for a taste of Middle-earth.

The Hobbit: The best is yet to come, we trust

The Hobbit: The best is yet to come, we trust

Fire up your foot-long clay  pipes, lean back, smile and breathe a sigh of relief, good people of the Shire, for the first instalment of The Hobbit is a hit. For the most part.

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