Once We Were Warriors, Saving Grace, The Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider, The Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Narnia…. Why are so many movies filmed in New Zealand? There are many reasons such as economy, but I guess from a travel destination point of view it is the varied and stunning scenery New Zealand has to offer.
For example, Peter Jackson captures the New Zealand landscapes beautifully in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and this helped to generate a lot of interest in New Zealand as a film making destination and a
holiday destination. Since the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is enjoying a vigorous film industry.
Fun movie fact, did you Know that Peter Jackson has called New Zealand home?
Carine Travel can organise a New Zealand tour that takes in the majesty of New Zealand and includes the magic and artistry of filmmaking.
See Hobbiton for yourself
Experience private tours, events and functions and be transported into the Hobbit story, what character would you be?
Enjoy a beverage from the Southfarthing range of traditional ales beer and cider, hand crafted exclusively in Hobbiton and available from Green Dragon Inn. Tours can take you to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua, both locations that are featured in middle-earth and other movies. http://www.hobbitontours.com/en/
Mount Ngaurruhoe is used as Mount Doom where Frodo struggles to climb the volcano so he can courageously destroy the ring.
Other notable sites for movie scenes
While Hobbiton is one of the most popular New Zealand film destinations, other movies and sites are worth a visit. The popular Chronicles of Narnia children's movie, for example, features the nostalgic
ruins of Cair Paravel and Cathedral Cove. The final battle between Aslan and the White Witch took place at Flock Hill New Zealand.
Mount Taranaki was the setting for the Last Samurai and Paradise near Queenstown provided the back drop in the Hobbit trilogy and Wolverine. This website has more details of other movies and the places
they were filmed in New Zealand. https://www.newzealand.com/uk/feature/top-10-film-locations-in-new-zealand/
When you are booking your New Zealand movie inspired holiday, ask your Carine travel agent about movies that are currently being filmed, you might be lucky enough to see a movie in the making. In Wellington you can get glimpses into movie entertainment at Weta Cave. See props and film making magic in a 45 minute guided tour.
If you love the theatre and acting in general plan a stop at St James Theatre. Known for its grandeur, visit the theatre to experience the historic decorative interior.
Your Carine Travel agent can help you plan your stay and organise everything for you. Rental cars if you are self-drive touring, or coach tours, accommodation, flights etc. They are specialists in New Zealand
Travel so can make sure you have everything you need for a relaxing and memorable holiday.