Hob­bit-lov­ing Lon­don­ers fly in again for fifth tour

Jane and Lor­raine Chad­wick have no qualms about ad­mit­ting that they’re diehard Lord of the Rings fans. Last Thurs­day Lor­raine and Jane Chad­wick went for their fifth tour at Hob­biton Movie Set Tours. Ka­t­rina Tanirau caught up with them dur­ing their visit.

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You don’t have to talk to the Lor­raine and Jane Chad­wick for too long to work out how much they love the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy.

The Chad­wicks sis­ters, who hail from Lon­don, have been self-con­fessed ‘‘Ringers’’ since at­tend­ing the pre­miere of The Fel­low­ship of the Ring at Leicester Square in 2001.

‘‘When we went to the pre­miere of The Fel­low­ship of the Ring there were about 200 peo­ple there. When we at­tended The Re­turn of the King pre­miere there were about 12,000 peo­ple there. That shows how pop­u­lar the tril­ogy has be­come.’’

They first came to New Zealand in 2004. Af­ter see­ing the beau­ti­ful scenery in the movies, they both agree they just had to come and check it out for them­selves. They re­turned to New Zealand in 2006 and 2009.

They ar­rived in Novem­ber last year two days af­ter the world pre­miere of The Hob­bit – An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney.

‘‘We’ve watched The Hob­bit twice since we’ve been here, once in Oa­maru and once at The Em­bassy in Welling­ton.’’

The Chad­wick sis­ters have also met their fair share of celebri­ties dur­ing their vis­its, in­clud­ing Sir Richard Tay­lor and John Rhys Davies.

They vis­ited Weta Work­shops in De­cem­ber 2006 where they were taken on a be­hind- thescenes tour by Sir Richard’s as­sis­tant.

They even got to hold four real Academy Awards.

‘‘ They were so heavy. There aren’t many peo­ple who can say they’ve held a Os­car, let alone two of them,’’ Jane said.

Dur­ing their most re­cent visit to Hob­biton they were amazed at how real ev­ery­thing looked.

‘‘Hon­estly, we were like two lit­tle kids. We could eas­ily go and live in one of those hob­bit holes,’’ Lor­raine said.

There is one thing they still have on their wish list – the op­por­tu­nity to meet the man who made it all hap­pen, Sir Peter Jack­son, who the sis­ters call Lord Hob­bit.

‘‘If I got to meet Lord Hob­bit I would tell him that he’s the rea­son why we came to visit New Zealand,’’ Jane said.

‘‘All of you (Ki­wis) have no idea how lucky you are to be able to call this beau­ti­ful place home.’’

The Chad­wick sis­ters have also taken their love of New Zealand to a new level by sup­port­ing the All Blacks in­stead of the English rugby team.

‘‘We would like to meet Richard (McCaw) some time, he seems like a very nice, down-to-Earth chap.’’


Bling bling: Jane and Lor­raine Chad­wick got to hold four of Weta Work­shops’ Academy Awards dur­ing their visit in 2006.

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