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Canterbury has a long history of delivering on productions of scale in the fantasy film genre offering ease of access to a diverse range of picturesque locations.

  • Twizel's alpine magic was captured on-film in both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Part of the Wargs chase was filmed here; and the largest battle scene ever - the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. 
  • Mount Cook and it's surrounding alpine peaks are used in the backdrop of some of the aerial filming in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
  • Stunning Lake Pukaki was chosen as the location for Laketown in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
  • Braemar Station at Lake Pukaki was used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to portray epic scenic shots, the 'Warg Chase' and approach to Rivendell.
  • Mid Canterbury is the backdrop for Edoras, the capital of Rohan. You can easily picture where the Edoras set was on top of Mt Sunday.
  • In Disney’s Wrinkle in Time expansive outdoor scenes were shot on the banks of the blue waters of Lake Pukaki in Aoraki National Park.
  • For Chronicle of Narnia, high in the Southern Alps of the South Island is an area of tortured rocks and dramatic valleys known as Flock Hill. It was here that director Adamson created the scenes for the great battle for Narnia.
  • Mt Gunn on the West Coast was one of the stunning locations where the beacons were lit between Gondor and Rohan.

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