THERE will be some sun burnt people in Wellington today.
Punters waited for hours, some overnight, in the sun on an uncharacteristically non-windy day in the capital yesterday for the world premiere of The Hobbit.
It was a jolly atmosphere, as if Christmas had come early for the 100,000-strong crowd, which was a mix of locals and international travelers from as far away as the UK, China, Japan and the US.
The clean-up in Wellington begins today, including the roll up of the 500-meter long red carpet, which stretched so far down Courtenay Place that it had a hobbit market halfway along it like a pit stop.
International media outlets covering the event are on their way to Hobbiton today for a set visit and more interviews with the dwarf actors.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in Australia on Boxing Day.