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Film Queenstown Lakes
The Queenstown Lakes district is a highly sought after location for filmmakers. It’s the third largest production hub in New Zealand, with stunning natural landscapes complemented by an experienced pool of local crew, equipment providers and film support services. International productions that have shot in the district include MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, A WRINKLE IN TIME and THE HOBBIT TRILOGY. The district is also a popular location for international television commercials.
Film Queenstown Lakes
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has an in-Council film office within its Economic Development department that acts as a point of coordination for screen activity in the region. The office:
Provides advice, information and support to filmmakers and screen productions
Connects productions with relevant local authorities, location owners and community leaders
Fosters a film-friendly environment with ease of access to locations and navigable permitting systems
Helps to grow and develop the local screen sector – its people, businesses and capability
Promotes the district as a filming destination, in collaboration with Film Otago Southland
What the district offers to filmmakers
The Queenstown Lakes district offers:
Diverse filming locations in close proximity – mountains, lakes, forests, rivers and towns
High-calibre crew and equipment base with international experience
An international airport with flights to Australia and key New Zealand cities
World-class accommodation, dining and entertainment options for visiting cast and crew
Opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere – snow in July and flowers in February
A film-friendly council and local community
Want to know more?
For comprehensive information about obtaining permits for filming on QLDC land or property, visit our Film Permits page.
For all other film or screen enquiries please contact Film Queenstown Lakes Manager, Kahli Scott.
Film Queenstown Lakes is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).
Apply for a film permit
Any commercial filming that takes place on Queenstown Lakes District Council land (including roads) will first require an approved film permit from us. You may also require resource consents for bigger and/or long-term productions.
Click here to apply for a film permit.
Film Queenstown Lakes has launched a directory to help film, television, and commercial productions minimise and manage their waste in the district.
The directory, And, Cut…! offers a quick reference to a variety of local businesses and waste-related organisations that provide sustainable waste solutions and services.
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