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Filming in New Zealand

New Zealand is to make its visual effects incentive more accessible to producers a year after the country’s overall filming incentive package was boosted. As an administrative change, Film New Zealand will be absorbed into the New Zealand Film Commission.

The country boosted its base filming incentive to 20% in mid-2014 as the Large Budget Screen Production Grant to increase New Zealand’s appeal as an international filming location.

The country was able to host production on Ghost in the Shell, after the Producer's decided against filming in China.

There’s incredible opportunity in New Zealand: you go on one stretch of road and you’re in Scotland and you go on another stretch of road and you’re in Ireland, then another and you’re in Devon in the UK.

Iain Canning, Producer on Slow West


The north of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the south is temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February when average maximum temperatures range between 20C and 30C. The coldest months are June, July and August when average minimum temperatures range between 10C and 15C.

New Zealand experiences four distinct seasons with spring blossoms, golden autumns, serene summers and winter snows. New Zealand seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Crop harvests are generally between December and March.

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