The long quest to build a Lord of the Rings museum in Wellington appears close to an end, with city councillor John Morrison confirming plans for a site in the city centre.
Mr Morrison, a mayoral candidate and leader of the council’s events portfolio, said Sir Peter Jackson’s team was investigating two possible sites, which he understood to be Shed 1 on the waterfront and the old CitiOps building at the southern end of Tory St.
Planning was still in the early stages, but it was an exciting prospect, he said.
“From a Wellington point of view, we’re very thrilled about it being in Wellington. We’re not involved directly, but we’ve had a very interested eye on this process. …
A film museum would be a big draw for Wellington tourism. A Lord of the Rings exhibition at Te Papa in 2002, returning in 2006, drew 325,000 people and remains its most popular exhibit.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy gave New Zealand visitor numbers a big boost, from 1.8 million in 2000 to 2.4 million in 2006.
Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks said it would present a great opportunity.
The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit had become a big part of the Wellington story.
“A permanent attraction around film would give us a way of telling those stories every day of the year.
An LOTR museum would be hugely popular. I recall the Te Papa exhibition, which was excellent.