Towering snow-capped mountain ranges, pristine glacier-fed rivers and ancient native forests untouched for thousands of years.
Dart River Valley and Mount Aspiring National Park are the perfect backdrops to many incredible tales. Quintessential, untouched New Zealand scenery which excites directors and audiences alike, and is found right here in our slice of paradise. It is such a popular filming location; it is often referred to as ‘rural Hollywood’! Since the release of Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Dart River Valley and surrounding alpine areas have played host to a raft of different films and series. Some of those include Hollywood blockbusters such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia, Willow, Tracker, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and The Hobbit Trilogy.
Locally, we have played hosts to TV series including One Lane Bridge and Top of the Lake. You might even recognise the Dart River Bridge from the Coca-Cola advert!
So, if all of the adrenaline fueled Glenorchy activities have you thinking about sitting down with a good film on, we challenge you to get out there and explore where those great films were made! Take the kids to Isengard, have your very own Mission Impossible moment… whatever it may be, Glenorchy hosts the top filming locations New Zealand has to offer!
Only 45 minutes by car from Queenstown, and arguably the most scenic drive New Zealand has to offer, Glenorchy is the discerning cinephile’s dream day trip from Queenstown. From Mission Impossible, to the Lord of the Rings, Glenorchy has seen its share of star-studded productions. The main character itself must be the epic backdrop that is so unmistakably the great Kiwi landscape. Check it out for yourself, on our unofficial film-buffs-on-tour guide! We know all the things to do in Glenorchy, and there are few cooler ways to end an epic jet boat adventure, than pretending to take the Hobbits to Isengard. Read on for some of the biggest titles that Glenorchy has starred in!