Top 10 Film Locations

New Zealand is home to world-class directors, outstanding scenery and a top production company. Discover 10 must-see movie locations for any film buff.

Cathedral Cove - Chronicles of Narnia

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.

New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

By Tourism New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set -
The Lord of The Rings &The Hobbit

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. View the set with 360-degree images here.

New Zealand
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki - The Last Samurai

Most of the filming of The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise, took place near New Plymouth in Taranaki. A Japanese village was constructed for filming on the hillsides of the Uruti Valley, with Mount Taranaki standing in for ‘Mount Fuji‘.

Taranaki
Mt Taranaki, Taranaki

By Kathrin & Stefan

Paradise - Wolverine &
The Hobbit Trilogy

Paradise - a real place at the end of the Queenstown - Glenorchy road in New Zealand's Southern Lakes region - set the scene for Beorn's House in The Hobbit Trilogy. Scenes from Wolverine were also shot at this picturesque location.

Queenstown
Gorgeous Glenorchy, Queenstown

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Aoraki, Mount Cook - Vertical Limit

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.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Hooker Glacier Lake, Mt Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Fraser Gunn

Flock Hill - Chronicles of Narnia

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.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Flock Hill, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Kaitoke Regional Park
The Lord of The Rings &The Hobbit

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.

Wellington
Kaitoke Regional Park, Wellington

By Juergen Schulte

Karekare beach - The Piano

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.

Auckland
Karekare beach, Auckland

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Oreti Beach - The World's Fastest Indian

Oreti Beach, just a few kilometres from the city of Invercargill, offers a vast expanse of sand, surf and sunshine. It was here Burt Munro, subject of the film The World’s Fastest Indian, created speed records on his modified Indian Scout motorcycle.

Southland
Oreti beach, Southland

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Lyall Bay - King Kong

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.

Wellington
Lyall Bay, Wellington

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