The Hobbit Filming Locations
The Hobbit publicist Melissa Booth said she was unable to confirm locations. However, rumour has it Nelson (the second oldest settled city in New Zealand) will play host to 400-500 cast and crew during November and December 2011.
Nelson is located on the North coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and is close to four National Parks. The region is described as having magnificent landscapes (doesn't all of NZ ;-) ) from alpine lakes and raging rivers (barrel ride anyone?), to lush forests and wide sandy coastlines. For the original article click here
Plus a slightly different photo of Bilbo and the Dwarves from Empire magazine