Now that you have your ETA New Zealand visa, where do you want to go first on the island? Most tourists recommend New Zealand’s many captivating natural destinations, which are so beautiful that these were sets of famous movies we all know and love. In case you don’t know yet, here are four of the famous movies filmed in New Zealand.
The Hobbits (2012 – 2014) And The Lord Of The Rings (2001 – 2003)
Multiple locations in New Zealand were used to shoot scenes from the movies The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. A special tourism industry also started on the island as tourists became more and more interested in the natural beauty of New Zealand.
The Hobbiton Woods, the Gardens of Isengard, and the River Auduin were all filmed in Wellington. The village of Hobbiton was shot in Matamata, which is a rural dairy farming area. The sets used in the movie are still there today.
Meanwhile, Mount Sunday was filmed in Canterbury. This was where the city of Endoras was set. The props and set may have been removed in the area, but tourists still come to the area for magic.
The natural landscapes in the Wolverine were shot in Otago, an area in the South of the island. The rolling hills, lovely greens, and breathtaking beauty have captivated Hugh Jackman as well as millions of people who watched the movie.
The Last Samurai (2003)
Mount Taranaki was filmed as Mount Fuji in the movie The Last Samurai. The gorgeous mountain was seen as the backdrop of the Japanese village erected in the hills of the Uruti Valley. Now Mount Taranaki is not part of most backpacker routes and sightseeing trips, but it’s still worth checking out.
The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005 and 2008)
Two films in The Chronicles of Narnia were filmed in New Zealand. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe were filmed in different places on the island like Canterbury, Otago, and Auckland City. Meanwhile, Prince Caspian – The Chronicles Of Narnia was shot in the fantastic Coromandel Cove. It is said that this area was specifically chosen due to the arch which looks like a tunnel where the children walk into before they are taken back to Narnia.