New Zealand offers a variety of sound stage, studio and warehouse options for shooting your next project.
Both Auckland and Wellington have dedicated studio/soundstage spaces with offices, parking, backlot and workshops. There are a number of other studios and warehouse space which can be used for shooting in other regions including Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Contact us to find out more.
The Data Book has studio listings, and is a good source of contacts for your pack-shot and smaller studio requirements.
Kumeu Film Studio
On a 27 hectare/67 acre site just 25 minutes from downtown Auckland, Kumeu hosts a converted warehouse containing a 4,036m2/43,448ft2 stage area, 9m-11m/30-36ft high. The site also includes workshops (6,160m2/66,305 ft2), office space (1,215m2/13,084 ft2), a huge forest backlot (12 hectare/30 acres), a dive tank (18m/59.5ft diameter, maximum depth 4.9m/16ft) and an ocean horizon tank with green screen wall.
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Stone Street Studios
The Stone Street complex in Wellington houses New Zealand's most extensive shooting stages, including the 24,500 square foot "Kong" stage. Facilities include warehouse, production office, costume and makeup amenities, large backlot and car park areas.
Auckland Film Studios
Set on a spacious 10.5-acre site and located close to the Henderson Business District, Auckland Film Studios consists of three sound stages. They are complemented by nine multi-purpose buildings, with canopies for all weather purposes. The studios offer office space, outdoor mill space and a range of business services.
Avalon offers four stages plus production offices, creative department facilities and workshops (total area 8,000 sq m/86,000 sq ft) within a 20-minute drive of central Wellington. There is a backlot of 3,000 sq m (32,000ft2), expansive parking and a helipad. Independent feature films and series (e.g. A24’s Mr Corman, X and Pearl and HBO’s Wellington Paranormal) have recently based at Avalon and studio projects have also used Avalon for aspects of production including 20th Century’s Avatar sequels. Avalon Studios is mutually aligned to Stone Street Studios and Lane Street Studios and is a hub for several screen businesses.
Kelly Park Film Studio
Set in the rural landscape of Wainui, 35km North of Auckland's CBD, Kelly Park is a 4,538m2 (48,846ft2) studio situated on 3.78 ha of land consented for filming. The studio features an earth floor that can be modified for your production and a flexible space for offices and workshops.
Studio West is set on eight acres and is just 20 minutes from downtown Auckland. Along with the three sound stages facilities, it includes offices, art departments, wardrobe buildings, construction, paint and prop-making workshops, and three acres of backlot.
Situated 30 minutes south of Auckland’s city centre, X3 Studios offers 11,725m2 (126,200 sq/ft) of clear span high-stud (30-40ft) studio. This flexible space offers various configurations of up to four studios, including the X3 Mega Stage – currently the largest clear span studio space in the Southern Hemisphere.
Lane St Studios are a new facility 40 minutes from Wellington airport in the district of Upper Hutt. Two x 24,000 sq ft (2,236 m2) purpose built stages with stud 40 – 55 ft (12.2 – 17m) are set on 11 acres/4.5 hectares backed by a forested hillside. On site production facilities are available for booking now and include office spaces and meeting rooms, costume, laundry, make-up, art department, construction, props/paint workshops and parking. The stages are on track to be fully operational from the start of April 2022.