Tuesday 17 March 2015

Middle Earth comes to Changi Airport

Kia Ora! Tourism New Zealand together with Changi Airport have brought a slice of Middle-Earth to Singapore for a display that showcases and celebrates all things New Zealand.

The event was officially opened by H.E Bernadette Cavanagh (New Zealand High Commissioner), together with Russell Alexander, owner and general manager of Hobbiton, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Senior Vice President, Market Development of Changi Airport Group Steven Dixon, Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager of South and South-east Asia at the departure hall of Changi Airport Terminal 3.

L to R: Russell Alexander, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, H.E. Bernadette Cavanagh,and Steven Dixon

This campaign showcases what New Zealand has to offer and includes a life-sized Hobbit Hole, the props and the timber were all brought in from New Zealand. All the flowers you see around the Hobbit Hole have been grown especially (which are watered and changed as needed) to re-create the feeling that you're in The Shire.

This very same Hobbit Hole had previously been in London for the world premiere of the last instalment of The Hobbit Trilogy. This is the second time this set has been outside of New Zealand. To see a timelapse video of how the Hobbit Hole was constructed, click here.

This year is significant for New Zealand and Singapore as the two nations commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations and the return of Air New Zealand to the direct route.

Here are pictures of what you can see at the display:

Cycling, Kayaking, Cricket . .  what do you fancy?

An autographed All Blacks rugby ball.

Hole-in-one challenge.

Gandalf watches over The Ring

The ‘Naturally New Zealand’ event is open from 12 noon to 11pm daily from 14 March to 5 April 2015, at Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Departure area) - Row 11.

To read more about Naturally New Zealand competitions and travel deals, click here.

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