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Seeing Peter Jackson in Wellington and the Day All My Dreams Came True

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013. A day that will live in infamy. A day I will never forget. The day I met Peter Jackson.

Ok, well, I didn’t *meet* him per say, but I listened to him speak for several hours and sat 15 feet from him. That counts right?


Tuesday dawned just like any other day, bright and too damn early for my taste. I only arrived back in Wellington 5 days before, and I was still fighting jetlag and the nasty 12 time zone difference from Italy, AND get settled in my new house.

Did I mention I am living with three 19 year old girls? What was I thinking?!

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

Well, I know what I was thinking. I was thinking it was cheap and it was the best place I found in Wellington. The view from my room ain’t too bad either. And it turns out the girls are pretty awesome too, though they make me feel old sometimes.

I had recently acquired a bed and a desk, and even a clock and mirror, which is more furniture than I’ve ever purchased at once. Little-known fact: furniture is FLIPPING expensive in New Zealand. Everything is imported and there is no IKEA and no equivalent of IKEA, so even secondhand it’s like a fight to the death to find reasonably priced furniture.

Filled with a sudden urge to domesticate, I got addicted to TradeMe, New Zealand’s version of Ebay. Searching for furniture to fill my empty room, I happened upon an IKEA reading chair and footstool. I owned a similar one years ago in Massachusetts and loved it. Finding one in NZ is the equivalent of finding some rare, special chair. This one would be mine.

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

After a mild bidding war, I won the chair for a lofty $102, or better said, the chair one me, for that price.

It turns out the woman who was selling it had shipped all her furniture over a decade ago to Wellington from the UK. So in fact, I paid the same price for a 10 year old chair in New Zealand as it would have cost exactly the same BRAND NEW in America today.

Oh, expat life is full of these beautiful little ironies, right?

But I digress.

On November 5th, also known as the best day of 2013, I got up super early to go pick up my prize. My new place is in Kelburn in Wellington, which is near the university, and after 9am, it’s hard to find parking near my house because all the youths descend for classes, so I wanted to get a good spot to unload my massive new chair.

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

Of course I didn’t find a spot nearby (damn youths!) and had to carry an enormous chair up a giant hill in my laundry day sweatpants looking all disheveled.

But who cares because victory was mine and I had a fabulous new chair to work in. With footstool.

At approximately 9:35 in the morning, I was sitting in my room in my beautiful new (very old) IKEA chair drinking a cup of French press coffee and eating muesli with my feet propped up. The sun was shining and I even had my windows open.

It was the first beautiful spring day since I got back and I was soaking up the beauty and success of it all when my friend Cole from Four Jandals tagged me in a photo on Instagram.

Little did he know that would be the Instagram that would change my whole life. Dun dun dun.

It was a photo of the Embassy Theatre in downtown Wellington tagged with the message Hobbit movie fan event WITH Peter Jackson.

With. Peter. Jackson.


Spitting out my cereal, I stood up and sat down, and stood up and sat down again before deciding what to do.


Bordering on having a kanipshin, I quickly began harassing Cole on Facebook chat.

How did I not know about this event? HOW?

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Since the day I planned to move to New Zealand and most definitely since I arrived, it has been on my to-do list to find, stalk and meet Peter Jackson – now was my chance!

Except we didn’t have tickets.

Lucky for me Cole is much more social media-apt than I am, and quickly found someone who was looking to giveaway tickets on Twitter. Turns out she won them in a contest the night before but was in Australia and couldn’t make it. As bad as I should feel if I was in her position, I guess I didn’t feel THAT bad because this was my chance to meet PJ.

And time wasn’t on our side because at this point it was around 9:50 and the event doors closed to fans at 10:30.

With no shame I joined in the tweet discussion, offering her anything and everything for those 2 tickets. $100. A puppy. My first born child.

“Ah don’t worry about it,” she replied, “I’m just happy someone was able to get to use them when I couldn’t.” Oh my god, she was serious. Like I’ve said, Kiwis are the nicest people in the world.

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Bursting into my roommate’s bedroom, waking her up, I hollered, “can I print something PLEASE? It’s a life or death situation.”

Within the space of 7 minutes, I had printed the tickets, threw on some clothes and was rushing off to my car to drive downtown to meet Cole.

Queuing up to go inside, I finally looked at the tickets which clearly stated at the top “Nikki….+ guest” and in big words “Non-transferable.”

Oh crap, fingers crossed hoping they weren’t checking ID’s to match the names, we made our way forward in line. I mean, I could be a Nikki, right? Trying to act cool, they let us pass through without a problem into the theater where we signed a nondisclosure that we wouldn’t give any spoilers away while making our way upstairs.

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At this point I couldn’t believe we made it inside; I was in shock. I was also shocked by the amount of people in costume. Intricate, hand-made costumes.

Ok, I’ve always considered myself to be in the highest tier of LOTR fandom (I have a Tolkien tattoo and I’m getting another one), but for some reason I don’t really do costumes. Well, not at 10 in the morning on Tuesday dead sober that is. Though if I had had more advance warning of this event, I might have made an exception.

These fans put me to shame.

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Milling about upstairs with every nerd in Wellington (I found my place!) I began to wonder what was in store for us. It turns out that the Hobbit Fan Event was a world-wide coordinated event where different cast members met up with fans in different cities like London and LA, showing sneak-peeks and behind the scenes cuts from the new Hobbit movie – the Desolation of Smaug, and the interviews were streamed live on screen so people in every city could see what was going on at the other events, and so fans in one city could ask the stars in a different city questions. Confusing, right?

While some places got Orlando Bloom or Evangeline Lilly (psh) I was more than thrilled to be at the event with Peter Jackson himself and Jed Brophy, a Kiwi who has been in all of PJ’s films and who plays Nori the dwarf in the Hobbit trilogy.

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Since we were some of the last fans to enter the building, we were at the back of the line heading down into the theater. Joking that we would be in the nosebleed seats, imagine my surprise when we were wandering in down by the stage and one of the ushers pointed us to seats right in the front of the stage!

Today was my lucky day or what?!

Getting comfortable, we rifled through the gift bags left for us and started munching on popcorn, waiting for everything to get started.

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

The next three hours were some of the best so far in Wellington. I had a total fan-girl moment when Peter Jackson walked out on stage, my god, talk about a dream come true!

Did I mention he was barefoot?

Surprisingly enough, it’s not THAT unusual in New Zealand. Hippy quirks aside, there are an intriguing amount of people who like to walk around in public in this country without shoes on. I don’t get it. It’s not like New Zealand is warm, dry and tropical by any means. Anyone care to elaborate on this phenomenon?

But he’s THE Peter Jackson – who cares? If anything, it convinced me more that he is actually a hobbit in real life.

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Listening to him speak about the movies, the filming process, how the techniques have evolved from the original Lord of the Rings movies from a decade (holy crap, has it really been a decade?) ago up until was fascinating. In fact, he is a very fascinating person who clearly lives in his own creative world. Did you know they haven’t even finished cutting and editing the next Hobbit movie and it comes out in less than a month?

For any fans out there, I am not going to give away anything about the new movie – we got to watch almost 30 minutes of footage from it – but I can say it looks epic, intense, and of course, awesome!

Even after the broadcasting of the event was over, PJ stuck around for a long while answering questions from people in the crowd (not me, unfortunately, because I didn’t have a damn costume), though I had a really good question – I’m curious about how he feels about turning New Zealand into Middle Earth.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like NZ was not really well-known and certainly not touristic before the films, but now it has exploded here and I think it mostly has to do with him. Not even a question really, just a thought – what do you guys think?

Peter Jackson Wellington New Zealand

While this event may not seem like a big deal to most of the known world, for me it was fucking huge. I’ve talked about this before, but I owe SO MUCH to Peter Jackson for making these movies. I’ve loved the books since I was a little girl and could basically read chapter books, but he blew life back into them for me in high school.

His vision, his determination and his creativity brought those books alive again for millions of people around the world, me included. But most importantly, he put New Zealand in my mind for over 10 years.

And here I am now, following my dreams and not only visiting, but living in a place that was at the top of my travel list for a decade AND is simultaneously Middle Earth for me. Writing this now, I can barely find the words to say how much that means to me.

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And not only that Peter Jackson is a true inspiration for me as a writer and content creator. Here’s a local Kiwi from Wellington, New Zealand – a place at the end of the world not so different from Frodo or Bilbo in the Shire, who had a camera and a big idea and was able to not only turn these books into reality but create a world for millions of people that is unforgettable. If that’s not inspirational for each and every one of us, I don’t know what is.

So it’s probably a good thing they didn’t let me ask any questions because I probably would have fainted, giggled uncontrollably, cried or forgotten my own name (or all of the above). Next time PJ!

Have you ever gotten to listen to an idol of yours speak in person? Ever met someone famous or someone you look up to? Spill!

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68 Responses to Seeing Peter Jackson in Wellington and the Day All My Dreams Came True

  1. Jamie November 19, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Liz, you are going to DIE at Hobbiton. Seriously, we may have to carry you out. Really fun reading about your experience and I SOOOO hope I get to meet Peter Jackson sometime while I’m here!! He has to come visit Hobbiton at some point, right??

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      Um, yeah I am going to have a cow there and probably embarrass you haha. Apologize in advance! I’m sure you will see him at some point soon 🙂 also I CAN’T WAIT!!!

  2. Siobhan November 19, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    I am still super jealous of this! So fun to read your story AND I’m moving to Kelburn on Sunday, neighbour!

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      wahooo can’t wait!!

  3. Kirsten November 19, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    Sweet!! I met Craig Parker in April and did the whole fangirly whisper-screaming “Ohmygoshit’sHALDIR” routine. My parents are going to NZ ( without me :'( ) for 3 weeks in December and I think my dad legitimately can’t distinguish between Middle Earth & actual New Zealand.

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      OMG you have to go with them!

  4. Ashley of Ashley Abroad November 19, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    As a fellow LOTR fan girl I’m sooo jealous. And I’ve “met” two of my heros: I saw Anthony Bourdain talk once, and met David Lebovitz at a book signing.

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      I would DIE to see either of them! That’s really cool!

  5. Floriana November 19, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Talking about being jealous! It is a ginormous dream of mine as well.. I remember seeing the cast at the ROTK Premiere in Berlin and almost swooning!

    I had this extreme fangirl moment when I attended a Master class by Sir Christopher Lee himself, where he told adventures from his life, how he met Professor Tolkien in Oxford and also sang an opera in a perfect baritone voice. I think that was one of the happiest days in my fangirl life.

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #


  6. Meghann@HolaMatrimony November 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    So cool! I haven’t really met anyone famous, although when I was in Dubrovnik this summer, my husband and I inadvertently walked through the set of Game of Thrones. I thought my husband was going to die of excitement. Honestly, I think it might have been the highlight of his whole trip. Nerds!

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      I would love to see the Game of Thrones sets, wow!

  7. Marc Perrot November 19, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Reading this absolutely made my day. I feel like you’re living my dream!

    I really want to meet Peter Jackson, and I want to move to New Zealand for a while (and may be in about a year if everything works out).

    There’s an environmentalist that’s really well-known in Canada named David Suzuki, and when I met him I could barely talk I was so happy.

    Honestly though, I’m so happy for you. I can only imagine how great of an experience it must’ve been. Enjoy your time in New Zealand!

    P.S. – I read your about page. I’m in Turkey right now, it’s really beautiful here. I hope you make it someday. 🙂

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      That’s awesome! I LOVE Turkey, I’ve got a lot of stuff about it on here somewhere, whereabouts are you?

  8. Leanne November 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    WOW, sounds like a true dream come true for you.
    I am assuming you’ll do the LOTR tour in NZ someday soon? Pictures pleeeeease if this happens!
    Would love to visit this beautiful place someday, and I’m so glad I have this blog to look back on when planning adventures.
    Thanks Liz!

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      I have already started planning the locations, get ready!

  9. Trevor Huxham November 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Aaaaaaaa Liz this makes me so excited and happy for you! Please tell me you’re going to go visit the Hobbiton set that’s still hangin’ around in NZ sometime?

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Yes, I am going to Matamata and Hobbiton next week! I CANT WAIT!

  10. Mary @ Travels with Mary November 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    this hardly compares to your awesome experience, but I got to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) a week early and had the exact same emergency-printing-driving situation to get to the screening. I made it and got to see the film early– not as cool as getting to see Peter Jackson (or J.K. Rowling, I’d die), but totally the same mentality of “holy shit this is going to happen RIGHT NOW.”

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      I would have done the same thing!

  11. Dan Thompson November 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Freaking. Awesome.

    I have to say, I was on the lookout for him the whole time I was there, but alas, I never saw him. Congrats!


    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      wohooo I still can’t believe it happened!

  12. Adelina November 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Wow sounds like it was the perfect mix of luck and being in the right place at the right time. Sounds like you had an amazing experience. I’m super jealous. I love all of the LOTR films and the first Hobbit movie. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I watch all of the behind the scenes posts that PJ puts out on Facebook – it’s just so fascinating to see a movie come together. I would have be turned into a mess if I were there.

    I think the movies did put New Zealand on the map for many travelers who otherwise didn’t know too much about the country. It’s so beautiful and who wouldn’t want to visit Middle Earth?

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #


  13. Sam Anthony November 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    OH MY GOD I literally would have died. I’m such a Tolkien fanatic as well (after finishing the trilogy and The Hobbit I read the Silmarillion in 5th grade, desperate for more Tolkien goodness). I can’t believe you got such close seats and he wasn’t wearing shoes!!!! That is priceless. Do you mind me asking what your LOTR tattoo is? I don’t have one yet but when I finally settle on an idea/find a good artist i’m gonna go for it. I’m thinking the Middle Earth map, but we’ll see.

    Your crazy rush to get there sounds like when I heard that Doctor Who was filming in NYC last year. I was sitting at my desk at work and found out via Twitter that they were in Central Park…I quickly gathered all my nerd friends that weren’t in class and we zoomed around the park attempting to find them and finally did! I then proceeded to stalk them that night when they were filming too. I also saw Hugh Jackman speak at my university, that was pretty exciting!

    Also I second Leanne – LOTR tour plus pictures!!

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      OMG that’s awesome! Love Doctor Who! My tattoo is on my ribs and it says “Not all those who wander are lost” I got it years ago but I think it still fits me perfectly 🙂 a middle earth map would be rockin too!

  14. Amanda November 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Soooo cool. I am supremely jealous. I’m the fan girl who may or may not have stayed up WAY too late last year to watch the live-stream of the premiere of the first Hobbit movie in Wellington on my computer… haha. Oh, and then there’s that 12-day Lord of the Rings tour I took in NZ back in 2005 with my mom… 😛

    It sounds like such a fun event, and makes me want to be back in New Zealand right now!

    As for famous people… I met Billy Boyd (Pippin) once. It was at a Lord of the Rings symphony performance (conducted by Howard Shore, woo!) and he sang briefly during the concert and then did a signing afterwards. This was in like 2005 or 2006, I think. I took a photo of the Party Tree that I had snapped in Matamata with me and had him sign it! So fun.

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      YOU MET PIPPIN?! How did I not know about this? That’s awesome! I am going to Matamata next week, I can’t wait!

  15. Jessica Wray November 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    That is amazing! Glad you had such great luck for this! It’s such a perfect initiation for your new home 😀

    I don’t think I’ve ever met someone famous or important that really meant anything. Well, except in high school when I met “Adam” from Real World Paris. At the time that felt REALLY special.

    Oh God how lame.

    • Liz November 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      I just lol’ed so hard!

  16. Lily November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Have you visited Weta a Caves in Miramar yet? A cool little place where you can see everything related to LOTR and others,and join the tour where you can see how the movie was made. Walk around the shops nearby, have lunch and you might catch Peter Jackson or Peter Taylor.

    • Liz November 20, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      Not yet but soon! Can’t wait!!

  17. Lily November 19, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Sorry, I meant Richard Taylor.

  18. Dustin@WeGoRTW November 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    So what does a Tolkien tattoo entail?

    • Liz November 21, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      “Not all those who wander are lost”

  19. Renee November 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    OMG, how exciting! I am so thrilled you got to “meet” PJ, or at least sit that close to him. I hope you took Cole to dinner?

    • Liz November 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

      AHH not yet, but definitely he’ll get a dinner soon 🙂 I owe him big time!

  20. Katie November 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi! First of all, I am super jealous of your Peter Jackson encounter. But I am also planning a working holiday in New Zealand and trying to figure out if I want to travel around the whole time (and work some shorter jobs or WWOOF along the way) or base myself in Wellington. Do you have any thoughts on this? Have you tried to find a job? I heard that summer might not be the best time to find work in Wellington, so I am thinking of hitting the South Island for a while first. Just thought I would see if you had any insights, because I am being really indecisive. Thanks!

    • Liz November 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

      Actually I’m not the best person to talk to about finding a job here, since all my work is online and done overseas :/ In a few months I’m hoping to take on some freelancing work here, so then I can give a better idea. I’m going to check around with my friends, but from what I understand it’s not as easy as you might think. Wellington empties out in the summer so I’m guessing that’s not the best time to look for work here. If you’re open to Woofing I’d go that route. More flexibility with travel and everything and I even think you can get extra time on your visa if you do that

      • Katie November 22, 2013 at 9:45 am #

        Okay, that makes sense that your work would be online (duh!). Thanks for the response, though! I will probably try to get some agricultural work at first, and I will maybe hold off on Wellington until fall.

  21. michelle November 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Awesome 🙂

    • Liz November 25, 2013 at 4:09 am #

      I KNOW AHHHH!!!

  22. amelie88 November 25, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    That is so awesome you finally got to see him Liz! And an advance preview of the movie too (though I have to admit I have not seen any of the Hobbit movies so far). It reminds me a lot of New York Comic Con but just LOTR focused (I went for the first time back in October, such a CRAZY experience!) I saw some LOTR costumes at NYCC (lots of Gandalfs) but honestly these people are so creative and so dedicated and make me feel super lazy. Looks like you had a lot of fun and what a treat to get to see one of your idols.

    I got to see Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries) a few years ago, she came to my library and I’ve read most of her books. She was super funny! And after years and years of dying to see him perform live, the Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh came to the USA to do a mini stand up tour in NYC. I was sitting right by the stage and it was so great to see him in person instead of having to resort to Youtube to watch his shows.

  23. amelie88 November 25, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    PS. I have that same Ikea chair but in a different color and it is very comfortable!

    And also I had no idea Evangeline Lilly was in this! I used to watch Lost and always wondered what happened to her.

    • Liz November 25, 2013 at 4:10 am #

      Ah I never watched lost. I love my IKEA chair! I hate that it’s red because my carpet is also red (hideous) but beggars can’t be chosers, right? I would love to see Meg Cabot, I loved those books!

  24. Sebastian November 27, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    You live in Wellington now? I get the bus through Kelburn pretty much every day to Victoria University! What are your thoughts on Nz so far??

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 4:52 am #

      I LOVE IT AND I’M NEVER LEAVING! I actually live in Kelburn now! Let me know if you want to grab a coffee sometime 🙂

  25. Naomi @ Kenya Safaris November 27, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Just found this blog (thanks to Huffingtonpost) and i love you already. Plus i can’t believe that the first post i read by you is on Peter. I would so much love to meet Peter Jackson myself. And i’m glad he’s a real hobbit…:) 🙂 . and you should come visit Kenya in Africa some day. There are a million things you’ll love! Sorry, i didn’t even ask whether you’ve been to Kenya?? I guarantee you a cup of coffee or whatever you’ll like! Can’t wait to read more of your posts..

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      I would love to visit Kenya one day! Maybe next year sometime, do you run safaris there?

      • Naomi December 5, 2013 at 7:34 am #

        Please do visit. yeah, we run safaris to Maasai Mara, Mt. Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro and other exciting places. If you would love to visit i can organize one for you. You will fall in love with Kenya. Plus a cup of Coffee from me. 🙂

        • Liz December 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

          awesome, it will have to be late 2014 but we should stay in contact, feel free to email me 🙂 Liz @ youngadventuress dot com

          • Naomi December 18, 2013 at 6:41 am #

            Sure. Will be in contact. Hope you will finally make it to Kenya. Enjoy! mine is Cheers! 🙂

  26. Gwen November 30, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Wow, I just stumbled across your page and I’m a bit freaked out. I moved to New Zealand (as a solo female) six weeks ago, and now live and work in Central Otago. LOTR and Peter Jackson’s transformation of NZ into Middle Earth is one of the main reasons why I’ve always wanted to, and finally did, move to New Zealand. And I also have a Tolkien tattoo. (not all those who wander are lost). I feel like we’re living parallel lives! Sweet (I’ve not met PJ yet though, more’s the pity)

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 5:58 am #

      OMG we have the same tattoo! How long are you down in Otago? I’m moving to the south island in February and we must meet up!!

      • Gwen December 16, 2013 at 7:01 am #

        I’ll be here until at least April, let me know when you head down and if you need a place to crash!

  27. Aga December 17, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Aaaaah, I watched that live on youtube, well, most of it. I wished I was there in Wellington.

    • Liz December 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      not to boast, but it was amazing!!

  28. Steph | December 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    THIS IS MY LITERAL DREAMMM!! I’m so jealous that I actually started crying reading this!! hahaha I’m such a LOTR freak and I’m so excited to learn that there are more travel blogger LOTR fans out there too! 😀 Fan girls UNITE!!

    I am dying to visit New Zealand just to visit the sets and see Middle Earth for myself! I can’t even imagine what would happen to me if I met Peter Jackson or any of the cast or crew! I have never considered a tattoo in my life….but…I love the idea of your one!!

    What an amazing day you had! 😀

    • Liz December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm #


  29. cat January 19, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    Hi I just read this and I am so jealous. I am a huge LOTR fan and have always wanted to meet PJ. I have also wanted to visit new zealand to Middle Earth my self.

  30. Prachi February 21, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I love Peter Jackson too but I have grown to like his wife as well. She never comes in the media but she is actually the one doing the scripting and screenplay and some of the music as well 🙂 I recently was reading about her but yeah she remains such an enigma, no one knows about her.

  31. Grace February 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    This is such a great post! I was actually at the same event but in Los Angeles! As much as I love Evangeline Lily, you totally win with Pete. I was lucky enough to be on the sidelines of the Desolation of Smaug’s world premiere and got to see Peter in person, and I had the same reaction as you. He is one of my absolute heroes and after reading your post I’m glad to know that I’m not alone! Love your blog as I am planning to move to New Zealand on a working visa in a couple of years. Cheers!

  32. kalesco October 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Whoa, that was so cool 🙂
    When I was planning my NZ trip in 2012 I nearly fell over when they announced the date for the Hobbit world premiere – and I realised I could make it! I had to change some bits around and give up seeing Auckland, but I was there and saw the crowds and the crew and it was awesome. I did not wait on the road (during the night, as some did), but was lucky enough to get a room in base backpackers in Wellington with a direct view of the stage. Awesome day!

  33. Aneta October 22, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    That sounds pretty awesome Liz, what a wonderful experience!! And I can understand so well!!
    I know your post is from quite a while ago, but maybe you/ people still like to hear that sometimes dreams DO come true! 🙂 well you know already…

    I was a LotR fan since I’d read the books and wanted to see NZ since I’d seen the movies and it took me several years until I could make it happen. Of course I fell in love with New Zealand helplessly and after a few more years I managed to live there for 1 (literally wonderful) year of my life, which was 2012.
    And that year proved to let one of my biggest dreams come true – I met Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor, the most inspiring people to me. Not only them, I met half of the LotR/Hobbit cast and crew at the pre-premiere party 2 days before the Red Carpet – where I also went of course…
    In May 2012 I was incredibly lucky to meet Sir Ian McKellen on his one-man tour around NZ, when he came to Nelson where I lived.
    But honestly meeting PJ and all those people at the party, this was surprising and incredible and the most awesome reward universe could come up with!! – I felt very blessed!!!
    I actually got to touch PJ and got a photo with him, so I have proof it really happend.. 😉
    I will never forget this experience, it is burned into my memory as is the whole year in NZ!!

    Meanwhile I had the chance to meet more of the great cast members and again Richard Taylor (he’s such a sweetheart) at HobbitCon, a convention in Germany.. and most recently I saw (and met) Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman in London on stage, both featuring in plays there.

    ah yeah, of course I have LotR related tats too… 🙂

    I’m so glad you could attend the fan-event (I saw it in live stream) and hope you had and will have many more awesome experiences …!

  34. Alexandria D. August 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    I saw Stan Lee three times during a film school my grad school hosted! Pretty sweet! ^_^

  35. Alina April 26, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    Wow, that’s truly inspiring! It’s such a everything-is-possible kind of story. I’ve met some famous people after Broadway plays, but I wasn’t a fan, so it wasn’t nowhere near that exciting.


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