Hobbit mania erupted in New Zealand's capital for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's new trilogy.
Stars flew in for the event, which saw Wellington rebranded as "the Middle of Middle Earth".
Tens of thousands of fans - some in costume - gathered around the theatre for the screening. Some camped overnight to secure spots close to the 500m-long red carpet that led to the theatre, which was decorated to look like the entrance to a Hobbit house.
New Zealand expects a tourism boost from the trilogy.