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.

Oreti Beach – The World’s Fastest Indian

Oreti Beach, just a few kilometres from the city of Invercargill in the South Island of New Zealand, offers a vast expanse of sand, surf and sunshine. It was here Burt Munro, subject of the film The World’s Fastest Indian, created speed records on his modified Indian Scout motorcycle.

The World’s Fastest Indian – written and directed by New Zealander Roger Donaldson, and starring Oscar-winning Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Based on a true story, New Zealander, Burt Munro spent years perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle. In 1967 Burt took his machine to Utah’s salt flats, where he attempted the impossible, using his dream bike to set a new world’s record for speed.

A key location for the New Zealand shoot was beautiful Oreti Beach, which was used for Munro’s beach racing scenes. The street where the Post Office was set is called The Crescent, and had 1960s phone booths and parking meters fitted especially for the shoot.

For those visiting the Invercargill, many of Burt Munro’s tools and props from his tool-shed are on display in a local hardware store. Sir Anthony Hopkins borrowed these during filming to add to his character’s authenticity.