The Bay of Plenty is one of the most untapped, varied filming regions in New Zealand. Offering an incredible array of filming environments within short driving distances. One hour's drive will have you amongst geothermal wonderlands, ancient forests, crystal clear lakes, deserted beaches, snow capped mountains, unique urban settings, parks, rivers and waterfalls.
Mount Maunganui Beach
Mount Maunganui Beach is a laid back version of the Gold Coast in Australia or Venice Beach in LA
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu welcomes visitors to explore its unique geothermal system on foot, or by boat,
Thousands of litres of water is released from the Aratiatia Dam creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge.
A large, versatile park where film crews can be as loud as they want.
Rugged snowy peaks sitting in the middle of the North Island.
The Bay of Plenty has already been showcased in many national and international productions. Films such as Narnia : The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Pete’s Dragon, Mulan, Muru, Yogi Bear, Boy, Frocks and Divas, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, Without a Paddle and television series like Vegas have all taken advantage of our incredible locations.
We are here to support the development of film studios, production hubs and facilities through partnership and collaboration. The Bay of Plenty has studio space that has already proven itself to be able to handle small to medium sized production. White Street was used on the $6 million TV Series “Vegas”, based in Rotorua. White Street Studios are stage one of Waiariki Studios which is projected to become a world-renowned indigenous film hub, supporting local filmmakers, and growing the New Zealand film industry.
Choosing the Bay of Plenty for the lifestyle, our world class crew have worked on national and international film and television productions. Experienced in large scale filming our highly skilled crew are here to meet your production needs. If you live in the Bay of Plenty and have screen industry experience sign up to our directory.
Film Bay of Plenty/Ngā Auaha Whakaari o Te Waiariki, is committed to supporting the up-skilling of crew in all screen media including TV series, commercials, film, gaming, entertainment, and education in the wider Bay of Plenty region. We work closely with other screen industry organisations to create opportunities for local crew to gain a high calibre of experience to grow their skillset and become the film professionals they want to be. We help our Rangitahi pursue a career in the screen industry by placing them into mentorship and training programmes such as Tohea.