While it was no surprise that The Hobbit’s premiere was announced to be in Wellington next November, it was a bit of surprise to find out that Hobbiton will actually become a permanent fixture in New Zealand. Here’s a bit from Stuff.co.nz:
It was also announced today that Hobbiton on the outskirts of Matamata, will remain as a permanent visitor attraction after filming is completed.
The set will include 44 Hobbit holes, a stone bridge, and a local hostelry called The Green Dragon.
The attraction will be run by Shire Tours.