New Zealand has become a haven for film makers since the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. The locations in these popular movies have become a tourist attraction. Some of the great locations which have been filmed in movies are:
- The Taranaki region of Northern island – This region was used as a backdrop for the movie The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. You must have thought the movie was filmed in Japan. Isn’t it? The whole movie was filmed in New Zealand. The technicians who made the sets for the movie made it look like Japan. Really amazing.
- The Southern Alps – The snow-capped peaks and the accompanying green forest have been part of many films. But two of Chronicles of Narnia films – The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian showcased the best part of the region. Yes the lakes and forest were all in New Zealand and not in a fairyland Narnia.
- Aotearoa New Zealand – This is the middle earth shown in the Tolkien trilogies Hobbit and Lord of the rings. The landscape really looks out of the world. You have to visit New Zealand and see the location yourself to believe that it exists on our planet.
- Auckland the capital – The award-winning The Piano was filmed in whole of Auckland. It showed all locations and fit the script perfectly. The film won many hearts and New Zealand was horded by tourists, which continues till date.
If you are a film buff and a traveler too, visit the locations of shoot from your favorite movies to get the real feel.