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.
All the trilogy movies seem to be headed for New Zealand. First it was Lord of the Rings trilogy, then The Hobbit. The latest to join the list is “Avatar”. Avatar which was originally planned as a two movie project has been turned into a trilogy.
Avatar in New Zealand
Originally only parts of the second Avatar were to be shot in New Zealand. But the plans have changed. Now the trilogy will be completely filmed in New Zealand, as confirmed by the Government.
There are many reasons for the film makers choosing New Zealand.
- Exotic Locations – New Zealand has one of the best locations. Everyone who saw New Zealand in Lord of the Rings series will agree to this fact. Diversity in a small area add to the value of filming.
- Financial Advantages – The government has special incentives for international crew. A 20 percent cash grant attracts new as well as established film makers. Also there is 40 percent grant for co-production in New Zealand. These policy measures have helped in attracting big banners to New Zealand.
- Expert support crew – Due to policy measures, there is no dearth of support crew talent in the country. It is convenient for the Directors and Producers who can easily get skillful people.
- Post Production Value – New Zealand has excellent post Production studios. The visual and action effects can be done right here.
- Snow in the summers – When it is summer in Northern Hemisphere (Europe and United States), it is winter here. This helps the film makers to make up the lost time.
The advantage of filming is attracting and encouraging Film making from all over the world.