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Hobbit plane: Actors arrive in style in Wellington.

Summary: The cast of The Hobbit arrive in Wellington in a specially painted plane, ahead of the film's world premiere in the city.

The stars of new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, in a specially decorated plane, ahead of the film's world premiere.

The plane, which has images of some of the hobbits from the film painted on the side, landed at Wellington International airport on Tuesday morning.

Even the airport had been specially decorated, with a sign reading Middle of Middle Earth, while some of the staff wore special high-visabilty vests with the words "elf and safety" written on them.

The cast of the movie, including Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood and Richard Armitage posed for photographs on the steps of the aircraft, while director Sir Peter Jackson walked along the tarmac, taking pictures of the crowd on his phone.

Some of the stars also met with fans at a special costume party and Elijah, who plays the character Frodo, said he was happy to be back in New Zealand: "It's wonderful. It always feels like coming home, genuinely, so I'm happy to be here.

"I'm happy to be celebrating The Hobbit. It's a wonderful film."

The actors arrived in the city of Wellington for the world premiere of the movie, which takes place there on Wednesday 28th November.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits UK cinemas on December 13.

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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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