Peter Jackson launches competition for special Hobbit screening

Hobbit fans around the world are being given the opportunity to win tickets for a private New Zealand screening of the last installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy.

A scene from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Source: Associated Press

The Hobbit Fan Fellowship contest was announced today by Sir Peter and US late night television host Stephen Colbert at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

A total of 150 winners will be flown to New Zealand for a week to attend the special screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies before its official release on December 17.

The lucky fans will also be taken on a tour through some of The Hobbit trilogy's filming locations, including Hobbiton in Matamata.

Sir Peter says the final movie will mark the end of an incredible journey and he can't wait to host the competition winners.

Entries for the contest open on August 25.