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Singapore Changi unveils Middle-earth exhibit

Singapore Changi has a new area for visitors to explore in Terminal 3 this March/April – Middle-earth!

The airport's very own Middle-Earth showcases and celebrates all things New Zealand, including a Hobbit Hole from the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, New Zealand.

The exhibit comes courtesy of Tourism New Zealand and the Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Along with this and other memorabilia from the films that put Middle-earth on the world map, the event showcases New Zealand’s stunningly beautiful landscapes, rich experiences and warm hospitality.

The Naturally New Zealand exhibition at Changi Airport Terminal 3 features two facets of exhilarating New Zealand – Middle-Earth and the modern New Zealand.

Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, as well as airport visitors, can explore the Hobbit Hole, meet Gandalf the Grey as he stands guard over The One Ring and learn about the various scenic terrains that make up The Shire, Erebor and Hobbiton Woods.

Adrenaline junkies can also enjoy a thrilling 5D simulator ride.

On the other side of the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a snippet of modern New Zealand, where popular sports such as rugby, golf and cycling are featured. Visitors to the exhibition can also enjoy samples of New Zealand’s local produce .

This is the second authentic Hobbit Hole out of Matamata, New Zealand. The first was created in London, specifically for the world première of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogies in December 2014. 

The year 2015 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. 

Changi Airport is linked directly to Auckland via both Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand, which each operate one daily return service between Auckland and Singapore. Singapore Airlines also operate a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.

“Today, Singapore is a well-regarded leisure and business destination for New Zealanders,” says Lim Ching Kiat, CAG's senior vice president, market development.

"Last year, Singapore welcomed more than 118,000 New Zealand visitors. New Zealand, on the other hand, is also a very popular destination amongst Singapore travellers

“The ‘Naturally New Zealand’ event aims to bring New Zealand even closer to the Singapore public and Changi’s passengers. Through the exhibits that highlights the country’s breathtaking nature, stunning tourism attractions and delightful offerings, visitors can also experience an adventurous journey through the ‘Middle-earth’.”

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