<i>The Hobbit</i> Set Will Become 'A Permanent Tourist Attraction'

It's clear that the decision to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand has been widely embraced by most of the country's residents, as the film is set to become a permanent tourist attraction.

The Waikato Times reports that the Hobbiton set built for Peter Jackson's forthcoming back-to-back Lord of the Rings prequels has been created with "permanent materials being used" to keep the set in place long after the crew is finished with filming.

"What they did last time was build a temporary set, but now it's a permanent set," said Brett Hodge, owner of Matamata Post and Rails, the company that has supplied timber for The Hobbit since construction began earlier this year. "Once the filming is over the set will stay as a permanent tourist attraction."

Locations on the tour of The Hobbit set will include the Bywater Bridge and the Green Dragon.

"It's just so right for us to do it, it's just so good for the community," said Hodge. "When you look at the current economic times a lot of people are just fighting for every dollar. Something like this is just the icing on the cake."

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