Peter Jackson has finished shooting two Hobbit films back-to-back and is heading to the editing room with a December deadline looming.

Jackson has spent 266 days shooting two Hobbit films with a star-studded cast, and he took to Facebook to mark the last day today.

"We made it. Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit," Jackson said.

"Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!"


Jackson's comments prompted a flurry of 'likes' and comments from fans.

"I have been waiting 7 years for this movie, ever since I read the book of The Hobbit," said Zeynep Tekn. "I'm sooo excited to watch it, Peter Jackson is an amazing director!"

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due out on December 14 this year, with the sequel, There and Back Again, due for release on December 13, 2013.

The world premire is being held in Wellington on November 28.

- Herald online