Film in New Zealand

New Zealand’s popularity as an international film making destination means movie buffs are spoiled for choice when it comes to real film locations to visit

So I thought in this blog I would give you an overview of just some of the stunning locations where international films have been filmed in New Zealand.

Paradise -Wolverine & The Hobbit Trilogy

Paradise – a real place at the end of the Queenstown – Glenorchy road in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region – set the scene for Beorn’s House in The Hobbit Trilogy. Scenes from Wolverine were also shot at this picturesque location.

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, Glenorchy is nestled on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu & is the gateway to hiking trails and Middle‑earth™ magic.

This rustic town is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Set against a background of native beech forest and towering mountain ranges, Glenorchy’ s surrounds are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Glenorchy’ s spectacular landscapes have become a prime location for film scouts, depicting many scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as featuring in the Narnia movies. Twenty kilometres away from Glenorchy, as bucolic farmland gives way to beech forests, lies Paradise.  Some say it was christened for its natural charms, others for the paradise ducks that live in the area. Nobody can say for sure how it got its name, but the one thing people agree on is its breath-taking beauty. “This is the Middle‑earth™ I had always pictured,” Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) said of Paradise.