Wellington: Sir Peter Jackson has doled out 68 million dollars for a top-of-the-range private jet – parked in Melbourne.
The Gulfstream G550 replaces Jackson`s older Gulfstream IV.
Although Private jet owners are notoriously secretive about their planes, a standard fitout for an intercontinental G550 typically accommodates between 12 and 16 passengers in leather seats and divans arranged in several distinct living areas.
Insiders say Jackson insists on all his guests donning pyjamas for their overnight flight to Hollywood.
To pass the time at 45,000ft, they can watch their host`s favourite works on large screens.
Passengers can even breathe only fresh air in a cabin bathed in natural light shining through large windows, to help ward off the effects of jet lag.
Jackson is a vintage aviation buff and owns a collection of 29 World War I and replica planes, about half of which are in flying condition.
According to Stuff.co.nz, an industry source said that the jet was now just three hours away in Melbourne, where hangar space was cheaper and there was more demand for charter work.