Filming Locations - back

New Zealand's dramatic scenery and its variety within a small area have made it increasingly attractive to moviemakers. Almost 150 feature films were made here between 1977 and 2001.

An Auckland beach was the setting for Jane Campion's "The Piano". Auckland also provided settings for two popular television series, "Hercules" and "Xena ­ Warrior Princess".

Parts of "Sylvia and Ted", with Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath were filmed in the city of Dunedin.

"The Last Samurai", starring Tom Cruise used a Taranaki setting to represent 19thC Japan with Mount Taranaki doubling for Mount Fujiyama.

Lord of the Rings

New Zealand became Middle Earth for Peter Jackson's epic trilogy.

Stunning scenery plays an important role in its huge success.

New Zealand is the best country in the world to shoot this film, because of the variety of locations we have.

You can test this claim of director Peter Jackson by visiting many of the accessible locations yourself. You won't find the sets: dismantling them and protecting the environment was a condition of filming in National Parks and reserves. You will find an incredible range of scenery that brings to life the fantasy of Middle Earth.

More recently Peter Jackson has recreated New York in Wellington for the shooting of King Kong.

Andrew Adamson, the Director of Shrek has used New Zealand locations when shooting "The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Follow this link to find some of the filming sites. They are spread throughout the Country in both the North and South Islands.