On the tarmac, the travelers were met by the rest of the Hobbit
cast, including Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood
and director Peter Jackson
, and then it was on to the mega-red-carpet premiere (all 600 meters of it, complete with an Air New Zealand Hobbit Plane flyover) to talk to Hobbit
stars Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and more! Sir Ian McKellen was unable to make the event, but he did address fans in a big-screen video message.