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Gandolf Blows into Wellington on a Giant Eagle Admist Hobbit Buzz

January 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | ()

We've come to that special time again when a new Hobbit movie is released and entire nation of New Zealand goes gaga for all things Gandolf and Bilbo. In the air, the giant Smaug took to the skies with Air New Zealand and now the folks at Wellington International Airport have, again, gotten into the fun.

In 2012, the airport installed a giant (not to mention so realistic it was creepy) Golum above its food court to share in the excitement of the newest movie. Now, airport visitors are greeted by two Great Eagles suspended from the ceiling and Gandolf perched on top of one of the 2,000lb sculptures.

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Gollum Goes to Wellington Airport, in a Big Way

October 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

New Zealand has been gearing up for a big Hobbit adventure for some time, from the national airline donning Hobbit costumes for a fun take on a safety video to tours specially designed for fans of elves and wizards. Now, the movie fun starts when people land in NZ to visit Middle Earth.

Ahead of the November 28th NZ release of the first film from the new Tolkien trilogy, Wellington Airport is getting in the mood and tarting up their terminal in a big way. Imagine enjoying a meat pie in the food court or saying final good-byes and, hanging over your head with a giant's proportions, is a massive sculpture of Gollum, the scrawny, pale creature from the films. The installation features the character grabbing to eat the sweet, juicy fish (also sculptures) as his mouth bubbles in creepy excitement.

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The Secret to $23 Flights on Air New Zealand

October 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The folks over at Air New Zealand have just made travel a lot easier on the wallet with their new Night Rider fares. No, these are not trips on a talking car named KITT nor will you be seated next to David Hasselhoff—that's Knight Rider. These Night Riders are super duper cheap fares on the last flight out for the night.

Starting the first Monday in November, the airline will sell each seat on the last flight out each day between Auckland and Wellington for $29 NZD (around $23 USD). We're talking entire airplane capacity sold for bargain-basement pricing, though that only includes the seat fare. If you need to pop a bag in the belly, the cost goes up to $39 NZD. For a flight that is scheduled to take no more than 60 minutes, that's a great price!

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Inside Air New Zealand’s Koru Lounge at Wellington Airport

February 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM | by | ()

As part of our Airport Lounge Series, we’ve already taken you inside Air New Zealand’s expansive Koru Lounge at LAX, as well as the flagship international Koru Lounge in Auckland. But our return trip to the U.S. actually originated in Wellington…so naturally we checked out the Koru Lounge there as well, and here’s our inside look with photo gallery and video walk-through:

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