One Lane Bridge (TV Series)
Recently filmed and set in Queenstown, One Lane Bridge is a local crime drama that follows an ambitious young detective on a murder investigation. The six-part series takes a dark, supernatural turn when the detective reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers the case, his career and his life.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Scenes from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed in Queenstown and the surrounding areas. Likely the most well known films to come out of New Zealand, if you haven't seen the trilogy, there's no time like the present. See if you can pick which Queenstown locations feature in which films.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise is no less epic than the rest, especially knowing that lead actor Tom Cruise learnt to fly a helicopter specifically for the films. The climactic scene in Mission: Impossible - Fallout features an epic helicopter chase that was filmed in the "triangle" between Milford Sound, Queenstown and Lake Wanaka. The Rees Valley, near Glenorchy, also stood in for a Kashmiri village in the film.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Marvel lovers beware.. here's yet another excuse to re-watch a film from the franchise. Queenstown stands in for the Canadian Rockies in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which some of the key scenes were shot at Deer Park Heights and Paradise.
The Water Horse
Lake Wakatipu doubled as a Scottish Loch in the 2006 film Waterhorse. The film is an adaption of Dick King-Smiths children’s novel “The Water Horse” and follows a young boy who discovers a mysterious egg that grows up to be the Loch Ness monster. As they form a strong relationship, the boy's family refuses to believe in the creature's existence.
The Hobbit trilogy
Based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit trilogy is just as epic as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set before Lord of the Rings but produced afterwards, the trilogy benefited from advancements in technology. Earnslaw Burn Track (from Gleorchy) sets the scene for Bilbo and The Company's (a crew of dwarves) journey after departing Rivendell. The area surrounding Queenstown was also used for the start of the journey into the Misty Mountains.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Price Caspian
Escape to the mythical landscapes of Narnia - created for the film adaptations of everyone’s childhood favourite Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Watch out for Paradise (near Glenorchy) which stands in for fairytale country in the films.
Vertical Limit is an action movie featuring a high-altitude mountain rescue mission that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. Vertical Limit was filmed predominantly on The Remarkables and Mt Cook, both locations standing in for the one of the world’s biggest (and notoriously difficult to climb) mountains – K2. The Remarkables served as K2 base camp in the film.
10,000 BC is a American epic action-adventure film set in the prehistoric era and depicts the journeys of a prehistoric tribe of mammoth hunters. 10,000 BC was largely filmed at Snow Farm located in the Cardrona Valley, a roughly 1 ¼ hour drive from Queenstown’s CBD.
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night is an American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The story focuses on an Alaskan town beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night.
Pete’s Dragon is an adventure film for the whole family. The film follows an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1977 live-action/animated musical film of the same name and was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Queenstown’s mountainous landscape was captured both on the ground and from above to depict Elliot the dragon’s flight.
Top of the Lake (Season One)
Top of the Lake follows detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) and follows her investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl in the fictional town of Laketop, New Zealand. The series is shot in several locations across Queenstown and Glenorchy, the dramatic landscapes making the show's content even more spine-chilling.
I Hate Luv Storys
I Hate Luv Storys is a 2010 Bollywood super-hit film starring Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan. The film is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a complicated love story which follows Bollywood romance fanatic Simran who falls for love sceptic Jay.