The New Zealand border is currently closed to all but two groups of travellers: returning New Zealanders, and people who Immigration New Zealand considers have a critical purpose while the border is closed. This group includes some film cast, crew, and associated travellers - 'critical workers' permitted to come to New Zealand to film international productions that will trigger strong economic benefit for New Zealand and jobs for New Zealanders. You will find a fact sheet around border entry for the screen sector here.
New Zealand is known for delivering some of the largest and most complex international productions imaginable. You’ll find our natural and commercial advantages are great for your budget and include:
New Zealand Immigration has an online service offering a specialised work visa for screen productions.
- Stunning locations
- Reverse seasons extend shooting windows
- Simple and generous incentives
- Favourable exchange rates
- #1 ‘Ease of Doing Business’ (World Bank 2017)
- No fringes, no-fault accident cover, no regional sales taxes
- Flexible and expert crew
- Diverse casting options
- Quality facilities
- Ground-breaking post-production and visual effects
You’ll find a robust screen industry here well used to servicing multiple productions concurrently. Hiring New Zealand cast, crew and businesses can also help you to meet incentive points tests.
Being east of the International Date Line means New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to greet the new day. The entire country operates within a single time zone, UTC/GMT+12 hours.
Wherever you are in the world you can take advantage of the time offset between New Zealand, Asia and the United States with clear and convenient windows of communication.
Our South Pacific islands form a compact country about the same size as England or two-thirds the size of California and are just a quick overnight flight from Los Angeles.
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International airports service Auckland and Wellington in the North Island and Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown in the South Island with many regional airports servicing other main centres.
You can drive from one coast of the country to the other in a matter of hours travelling through the spectacular scenery New Zealand is so well known for. All major rental car agencies are represented here.
Our North and South Islands are also connected by passenger, vehicle and freight ferries.
New Zealand is a popular location for shooting snow during the Northern Hemisphere summer and we have renowned expertise with filming in high alpine conditions.
New Zealand’s long, narrow geography and South Pacific location offers numerous micro-climates ranging from sub-tropical to deserts to snowy alpine peaks and plateaus. Seasons start with spring in September, summer in December, autumn (fall) in March and winter in June.
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New Zealanders number almost 5.2 million and offer casting options with people of mainly European, Māori, Polynesian, Asian and Latin descent and growing populations of African and Middle Eastern ethnicities. English is spoken everywhere, and Te Reo Māori and New Zealand sign language are also official languages.
A broad range of shooting locations throughout the country are supported via production hubs in Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. Local authorities across New Zealand are film-friendly and in the key centres regional film offices can provide location and facilities research, facilitation, permitting and advocacy as well as information specific to the screen industry in their districts.