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4 Movies That Were Filmed In New Zealand

By Wild Kiwi Team
on  September 01, 2017

As it’s a country home to some of the world’s most breathtakingly stunning scenery, it’s perhaps not surprising that a variety of directors have chosen to take their productions to New Zealand. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to watch on the flight over, look no further…

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1. Explore Middle Earth On Your Wild Kiwi Tour

Although we’re starting with the obvious, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. New Zealand suits the beauty of Middle Earth perfectly, and if you’re a lover of all things Tolkien, your Wild Kiwi Tour is going to be unforgettable! As well as wandering around Hobbiton and climbing Mount Doom, you’ll also have the chance to see some authentic movie props. As well as learning about special effects at the Weta Workshop in Wellington. Weta have also collaborated on a variety of other huge blockbusters including Avatar, King Kong and District 9, with props from each also available to view on their tour.

2. The Chronicles Of Narnia

If you’re a Narnia fan, you’ll probably recognise several filming locations on your road trip, most notably Cathedral Cove in Coromandel, Flock Hill in Canterbury, and Purakanuni Bay in Otago.

3. 30 Days Of Night

Filmed in both Alaska and New Zealand, this creepy comic book vampire movie balances scariness with striking cinematography. Look out for familiar spots in Auckland, if you’re brave and manage to make it through the movie without covering your eyes!

4. Pete’s Dragon

This emotional movie about a boy and his dragon is both sweet and full of soul. And it’s almost certain to extract at least a tear or two. Keep your eyes peeled at the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Wellington and Taupo where large portions of the live-action scenes were filmed. And once again, admire the talented team at Weta who used their CGI skills to bring Pete’s dragon, Elliot, to life.

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