Tourism New Zealand would be deeply disappointed if The Hobbit was to be filmed outside of New Zealand .
Tourism New Zealand General Manager Public Affairs Suzanne Carter says high profile productions such as The Hobbit have the potential to greatly raise the profile of New Zealand overseas.
“The Lord of the Rings films presented New Zealand to the world in a truly spectacular way. From a tourism perspective the flow on effects of these films reach communities across the country with visitors coming to enjoy our unique scenery and lifestyle and using our tourism services as they travel. People are still travelling to New Zealand today because of the exposure gained through the Lord of the Rings trilogy.”
“We would be deeply disappointed if The Hobbit was filmed outside of New Zealand ,” she said.
The Hobbit is a prequel to Peter Jackson’s highly successful trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, which premiered in New Zealand in 2001, 2002 and 2003. All three Lord of the Rings films were filmed in New Zealand