Movie buffs are spoilt for choice when it comes to film locations to visit in New Zealand – and Canterbury is no exception. Check out eight films showcasing intriguing locations and outstanding scenery in the Canterbury region.
1. Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Flock Hill, an area of unique rock formations near Arthur’s Pass, was the setting for the climactic great battle for Narnia in Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.
2. The Lord of the Rings
Mount Sunday in Hakatere Conservation Park provided the scenery for Edoras, the capital of Rohan, in The Lord of the Rings. Visitors can park their vehicles on Hakatere Potts Rd and walk to the site – though nothing remains of the epic set.
3. The Hobbit
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park provided a spectacular backdrop to aerial filming in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Lake Pukaki was chosen as the location for ‘Laketown’ in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
4. Vertical Limit
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park featured prominently in 2000 survival thriller Vertical Limit. The blockbuster by Kiwi-born director Martin Campbell was about a climbing drama on K2.
5. Heavenly Creatures
Filming locations for Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson’s 1994 film about the Parker-Hulme murder, included Victoria Park, The Isaac Theatre Royal, The Sign of the Kiwi and an Ilam homestead.
6. Human Traces
Human Traces is set in a fictional location based loosely on Campbell Island – 750 kilometres south of New Zealand, and was shot amongst the tussock spurs, volcanic rocks and sharp outcrops of Banks Peninsula and in the Catlins.
7. The Stolen
Historic buildings at Ferrymead Heritage Park feature in The Stolen, a colonial drama filmed in Christchurch in 2016. The film crew also visited Ashley Gorge, Little River, Birdling's Flat, Arthur's Pass and Waikuku Beach.
8. The Changover
The Changeover is set in post-earthquake Christchurch and filming locations included an empty site in the CBD, the residential red zone and a 1950s architectural home.