An aerial shot of Peter Jackson’s Wairarapa retreat, taken in 2002, during renovations.
An Wairarapa retreat house of Sir Peter Jackson during its renovation in 2002. [Via]
Pull the right book in Sir Peter Jackson’s house and the bookcase will open to Bag End – the home of Middle Earth hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. The Wellington movie director may have finished creating trilogies set in J R R Tolkien’s Middle Earth but he’s turned his home into a fantasy playground complete with underground tunnels, castle ruins and a liveable hobbit hole.
A former gang member who earned the trust of Jackson has shed light on the personal fantasy land which he helped bring to life in the movie director’s backyard. Bino Smith, who now lives in Hamilton, worked with Jackson on Lord of the Rings, then later King Kong.
When they’d finished painting polystyrene castle walls for Middle Earth, Smith said he and some of the LOTR crew headed down to Wairarapa “to do Pete’s house”.