Over 100,000 people were on the street to celebrate the New Zealand premiere of the final 'Lord of the Rings' film, 'The Return of the King', in Wellington earlier today.

Director Peter Jackson together with stars of the trilogy including Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen took part in a parade through the streets of Wellington before the screening.

Jackson believes that this film, which has a running time of three hours, 11 minutes, is the best in the series.

'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' will be released in Ireland on Wednesday 17 December.