Find a list of famous movie locations which were filmed in areas of New Zealand, including popular movies like Lord of The Rings, new films & classics.
New Zealand has stunning scenery and incredible vistas, no matter where you’re situated in the country and we’re not the only ones who have caught on- more box office movies are being filmed around New Zealand than ever before. With the latest Lord of The Rings series being filmed in the Queenstown region, we wanted to give you a local’s tour of movie locations in our backyard. We’ve created a list of movies and locations you can visit on your next journey.
Film Released: Three films released from 2001-2003
Areas Filmed: Over 150 locations between the North & South Islands.
The director of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, Sir Peter Jackson is a Kiwi, which is why most of the beautiful filming locations shot are areas found around New Zealand. Known as Middle‑earth™ in the films, these filming locations are must-see areas of Aotearoa.
Best LOTR Filming Locations to visit:
Film Released: 2012
Areas Filmed: North & South Island, NZ
This movie trilogy follows after the Lord of The Rings trilogy, as it is set with similar characters and some the same. Directed by Sir Peter Jackson, these films also incorporate stunning vistas found around Aotearoa.
Best Filing Locations of the Hobbit to visit:
Film Released: Three films from 2005-2008
Areas Filmed: North and South Island of New Zealand
The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy was filmed in multiple areas around New Zealand, including the Coromandel Peninsula, Canterbury, Glenorchy and Waitaki. Originally a series of books, this movie trilogy film scenes around New Zealand’s most scenic locations.
Best Filming Locations of The Chronicles of Narnia to Visit:
Film Released: 2005
Areas Filmed: Auckland & Wellington
King Kong was created by Kiwi, Sir Peter Jackson and Weta Digital which is based in Wellington. The film is set in 1933 and used locations found on the North Island of New Zealand.
Best Filming Locations of King Kong to Visit:
Film Released: 2018
Areas Filmed: Central Otago
Mission Impossible 6, starring Tom Cruise was filmed around Milford Sound, Queenstown and Lake Wanaka. The film has epic action shots where actors jump from cliffs and helicopters, as well as featuring New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
Best Filming Locations of Mission Impossible 6 to Visit:
Film Released: 2009
Areas Filmed: Otago & Milford Sound
Originally based on the fictional Marvel Comics, the X-Men trilogy films many scenes from the movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, around areas known for being beautifully rugged such as Otago and Fiordland. With a budget of $150 million, it’s not hard to see why they travelled to Aotearoa for world-class scenery shots.
Best Filming Locations of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to Visit:
Film Released: 2003
Areas Filmed: Taranaki
Taranaki is where the film “The Last Samurai” was filmed, using Mount Taranaki as a replacement for Mount Fujiyama. Hollywood movie stars like Tom Cruise and Billy Connolly who starred in this film loved enjoying activities like surfing and fishing in this beautiful place!
Best Filming Locations of The Last Samurai to Visit:
Where will you visit first? Make sure you add some of these activities to your holiday itinerary for a remarkable experience you’ll never forget, or check out our other blogs for more inspiration!