The Southland Times reports that the scouts have been reported in Queenstown, looking for Hobbit filming locations. Nice to have that finally reported in the mainstream media - it was already reported in the comments section of one of my reports late last year by one of my readers (Nicolás) - three weeks ago, in fact.
The newspaper article had a few more sketchy details, but at the end of the day it's nothing more than a rumour. Remember, just because it's printed on paper doesn't make it any more true than anything on a blog... :)
My thanks to Nicolás for providing me with the original comment! Nicolás, if you're reading this, I'd love more information if you have it! Or anyone else, for that matter - drop me a line at noldor [at] pobox.com, if you want!
- Jack M.