Filmmakers love Central Otago.
Central Otago is an inspiring and timeless land of extremes. From Westerns to post-apocalyptic worlds, its landscape is versatile. Moonscapes, powerful rivers, rolling grasslands, mountainous backdrops and horticulture/viticulture have all helped Central Otago become a sought after location.
Productions that have filmed in the region include Disney's MULAN, ONLY CLOUD KNOWS, THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS trilogies, GOOD FOR NOTHING and THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS.
Central Otago is just a 45-minute drive from the crew base in Queenstown.
Message from the Mayor
Central Otago offers unique natural locations and historic townships to the film industry, but we have not rested on those gifts. The Central Otago District Council has had an official Film Friendly Policy since 2011; a policy designed to ensure that the industry will find the official face of Central as welcoming as its natural face Tim Cadogan