Discover the 10 must-see locations for any movie buff
The home of world-class directors, outstanding scenery and a top production company, New Zealand is a movie buff’s dream.
The set for the ruins of the castle Cair Paravel, in the Chronicles of Narnia- Prince Caspian, was built on the nearby Hereherataura Peninsula, overlooking iconic Cathedral Cove. From beautiful Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula you can walk to Cathedral Cove.
Hobbiton Movie Set - in the lush rural Waikato region - continues to attract international visitors looking to experience their own slice of Middle‑earth in New Zealand. This set was used for filming Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Vertical Limit,the thriller about climbing and falling from mountains was directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell. Filming took place on New Zealand's highest mountain (3,754m), Aoraki, Mt Cook.
New Zealand director Andrew Adamson chose Flock Hill Station, near Arthur’s Pass in Canterbury, as the setting for the climactic final battle between Aslan’s forces and the powerful army of the White Witch, in the Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.
North of Wellington lies the Kaitoke Regional Park, the location used for Rivendell, the home of the elves, in Middle‑earth Trilogies. Although film sets have been dismantled and the park returned to its natural state, the area where Rivendell was set is a beautiful picnic spot with river swimming and bush walks.
The breathtaking Karekare beach in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges was made famous in the 1993 movie The Piano, directed by New Zealander Jane Campion. It also landed Anna Paquin an Oscar and launched her international acting career.
Wellington has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest movies in recent years. King Kong."Skull Island" was located in a large-scale set built above Shelly Bay, on the Miramar peninsula and the dinosaur run scene in the movie took place at surfing beach Lyall Bay.