Filming in the Otago & Southland Region

Your turnkey, film-friendly destination.

Beautiful films
made easy

Welcome to Southern New Zealand, home to awe-inspiring locations, world-class infrastructure and film-friendly communities.

A succession of high profile features filmed locally continue to build on the box office legacy of the legendary HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS trilogies.

The region is also home to a thriving international TV commercial industry, making the most of the Southern Hemisphere’s opposing seasons and versatile backdrops: snow in July and sunflowers in January for that vital scheduling edge.

We understand that you want access to the best locations, hassle-free and when you need them, backed up by world-class crew and equipment to match.

Find out how we can smooth the road to your next project in New Zealand's filmmaking heartland - get in touch today.

Learn about the regions

From national parks to period townscapes, Southland delivers accessible diversity. The World Heritage Area of Fiordland presents a landscape of ancient rainforests and granite peaks. Its capital Invercargill offers period US backdrops and screen know-how from the Sir Anthony Hopkins School of Dramatic Arts. 

The inland area of Central Otago is home to rugged vistas and charming townships. It offers a unique landscape of tussocky fields against a backdrop of snowy mountains. The region also has a rich 'Gold Rush' heritage, which has been retained in old-world towns like Cromwell.  

Queenstown has been an established screen production centre for over forty years, with high-calibre crew, world-class equipment and an international airport at its doorstep. The region is also favoured by filmmakers for its mountains, lakes, forests and farmland.

Waitaki offers 150km of beautiful coastline, fishing villages, river valleys, high country farmland, snow capped mountains and lush green fields. A regular starring location is the town of Oamaru, which is known for its Victorian Whitestone district.

Dunedin is a film-friendly city with breathtaking scenery and distinctive, old-world charm. A location for several high profile features, filmmakers come for unique wildlife, coastal and inland scenery, and the widest selection of Victorian buildings in NZ.

Rural meets coastal in the diverse region of Clutha. The area is home to the famous seascapes of The Catlins, as well as miles of unspoiled winding coastal roads. The region also offers rural backdrops, dense forest and a rich Gold Rush heritage.

Southland

From national parks to period townscapes, Southland delivers accessible diversity. The World Heritage Area of Fiordland presents a landscape of ancient rainforests and granite peaks. Its capital Invercargill offers period US backdrops and screen know-how from the Sir Anthony Hopkins School of Dramatic Arts. 

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Central Otago

The inland area of Central Otago is home to rugged vistas and charming townships. It offers a unique landscape of tussocky fields against a backdrop of snowy mountains. The region also has a rich 'Gold Rush' heritage, which has been retained in old-world towns like Cromwell.  

Learn More
Queenstown Lakes

Queenstown has been an established screen production centre for over forty years, with high-calibre crew, world-class equipment and an international airport at its doorstep. The region is also favoured by filmmakers for its mountains, lakes, forests and farmland.

Learn More
Waitaki

Waitaki offers 150km of beautiful coastline, fishing villages, river valleys, high country farmland, snow capped mountains and lush green fields. A regular starring location is the town of Oamaru, which is known for its Victorian Whitestone district.

Learn More
Dunedin

Dunedin is a film-friendly city with breathtaking scenery and distinctive, old-world charm. A location for several high profile features, filmmakers come for unique wildlife, coastal and inland scenery, and the widest selection of Victorian buildings in NZ.

Learn More
Clutha

Rural meets coastal in the diverse region of Clutha. The area is home to the famous seascapes of The Catlins, as well as miles of unspoiled winding coastal roads. The region also offers rural backdrops, dense forest and a rich Gold Rush heritage.

Learn More

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