At a specified time yesterday when the audience were invited to count down, the Air New Zealand 'hobbit' plane flew overhead. It has paintings of the Hobbit cast, designs, settings, etc, on it. I was lucky enough to be walking around Miramar the other day and it went overhead as it left the runway, gaining height, and so I had a great view. Not such a great view as it flew over at the premiere, naturally, because it was so high in the sky. Actually, I can't understand why I'm even attaching a plane photo. It reminds me of those photos we've all taken where we think we've got a shot of a beautiful island that's not that far away, and when the photo turns out, all you can see is a tiny dot way, way, way in the background.
Arriving in Wellington from England, the plane had picked up Hobbit actors in both London and America to bring them here. Personally, I think the designs on the original LOTR plane were more stand-y out-y. Some flight attendants from Air New Zealand walked the red carpet. Several of the women had added Hobbit tiaras to their uniforms (like in the Air New Zealand tv commercial). The women were all beautiful, but the men, OMG, they were... gorgeous; I wanted to vault the railing and ravish every one of them.
We edge-of-the-red-carpet-sitters-and-standers kept looking at the countdown clock on the top of the Embassy theatre to see how long it would be before the happenings started. Here's a pic of the end- result clock.