film studios & production hubs

The Bay of Plenty has a selection of production hubs and presently has one studio suitable for small to mid sized productions.

waiariki studio

In 1913 Hinemoa the first film made in New Zealand was filmed in Rotorua and today Waiariki Film Studios are bringing studio infrastructure to the Bay of Plenty region and building this region’s industry of the future.

Our vision is to establish a world-renowned indigenous film hub, supporting local filmmakers, and growing the New Zealand film industry.  Waiariki Film Studios has firm partnerships and support with Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua Economic Development, Funding Trusts and local Iwi in these developments

3-stages of  building

Stage 1

The Studios at White St are stage 1 of infrastructure Development in the region.

Stage 2

Soundstage retrofit of a large scale warehouse and have confirmed funding towards this venture.

Stage 3

Green fields build of the Indigenous Film Making Hub – comprising studios, production office, workshop / mill, backlot, local industry venders and workforce development.

stage 1:
white street studio

The White Street Studio is “Stage 1” of the Waiariki development.  The studio was used on the $6 Million TV Series “Vegas”, and is based in the inner city, Rotorua. The studio is very close to accommodation and popular regional filming locations like the Rotorua Redwoods and the famous Pohutu Geyer at Te Puia.


Consisting of 1000sq/m stage space, a 300sq/m workshop, mill, additional space and a 200sq/m office space.

Onsite parking can be supplemented by 1000m2 of available parking directly next door to the Studio at 72 White Street.

Additional Production support can be sourced through the studios – Local Crew / Makeup Truck / Unit Truck / Film Friendly Accommodation / Shooting Locations.

film studios bay of plenty warehouse
film studios bay of plenty infrastructure