Bring Your Cinematic Visions to Life

Queenstown is a dream destination for filmmakers, offering breathtaking landscapes and a rich local talent pool. It has been a premier choice for movies, television shows, commercials, and promotional work for over four decades.

Collaborating with Film Queenstown Lakes and Film Otago Southland, we support projects highlighting our region and inspiring visits to Queenstown.

You'll find essential information and contacts to kickstart your filming journey here.

Three camera crew filming on top of a mountain


Why film in Queenstown?

  • Get creative with Queenstown’s diversity of picturesque backdrops for any film genre. From rugged mountains to serene lakes, the region has it all.
  • Access a wealth of skilled local talent, from actors to technical crew.
  • Leverage landscapes capable of transforming into fictional worlds or showcasing New Zealand's natural beauty, the versatility is unmatched.
  • Access to high-calibre, internationally experienced film crews, production assistants, and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Be inspired by the natural beauty that enhances on-screen aesthetics and stirs creativity among the cast and crew.
  • Mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, and charming towns are all within easy reach, offering varied locations close by.
  • An international airport offers direct flights to Australia and major New Zealand cities, enhancing connectivity.
  • World-class accommodation, dining, and entertainment options cater to visiting cast and crew.
  • Enjoy snow in July and hot sunny days in February, offering seasons opposite the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The region has a film-friendly council and a welcoming local community eagerly supporting film projects. It also has supportive film offices, with Film Queenstown Lakes and Film Otago Southland providing essential production assistance and resources.
  • Queenstown’s proven track record of hosting major films and TV shows assures confidence in its capabilities.


Hiking Earnslaw Burn in Summer


Some of the Notable Film and Television Projects in Queenstown:

  • The Power of The Dog: Queenstown Hill starred as the dramatic setting for a key picnic scene in Jane Campion's acclaimed film.
  • Mission Impossible - Fallout: Featured adrenaline-pumping helicopter chases across Queenstown and Glenorchy.
  • One Lane Bridge: All three seasons of this New Zealand crime drama were crafted and shot in the Queenstown Lakes District.
  • Under the Vines: This comedy-drama highlights the region's exquisite wineries and vineyards.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: This blockbuster featured Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights
  • Top of the Lake: Glenorchy transformed into the eerie Laketop for this series.
  • The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings: Queenstown's landscapes became the iconic realms of Middle-earth.
  • Netflix’s Sweet Tooth & The Letter for the King: Leveraged Queenstown’s landscapes to shape their fantastical settings.
  • Other Productions: Includes Disney's A Wrinkle in Time and Pete's Dragon, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bollywood's I Hate Luv Storys, and commercials for global brands like Samsung and KitKat.





Thinking about filming in Queenstown? Find all the essential information here.

Industry Directory

Film Otago Southland

Film Queenstown Lakes

Local Talent

New Zealand Film Commission