It’s important that the correct authority and permission is obtained to film on land, rail or roads managed by councils, DOC or local iwi (local indigenous Māori tribes).
Film Bay of Plenty has long standing partnerships with our local councils and with free production hours available, we are here to help productions easily navigate the filming permit process.
Tauranga City Council
Tauranga is the largest population centre in the Bay of Plenty. At the beautiful harbour entrance stands Mauao – an extinct volcano. Both Tauranga & Mount Maunganui are administed by Tauranga City Council
+64 7 577 7000
91 Willow Street
Western Bay District Council
Western Bay surrounds Tauranga City with the main urban centres of Te Puke, Katikati and Waihi Beach being adminstered by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
+64 7 571 8008
1484 Cameron Road
Rotorua Lakes Council
Situated inland, Rotorua is a Māori cultural and tourism hub with many freshwater lakes, native forests and geothermal attractions.
+64 7 351 7684
1061 Haupapa Street
Whakatāne District Council
Located in Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatāne is a coastal town with beautiful beaches and large areas of native forest.
+64 7 306 0500
14 Commerce Street
Ōpōtiki District Council
The untouched coasts, forests and rivers surrounding this area are rich in historical and cultural significance.
+64 7 315 3030
108 St John Street
Kawerau District Council
Surrounded by a pine forest with a large mill to process the timber and geothermal power stations billowing steam into the sky, this town sits in the Tarawera Valley at the foot of the dramatic Mount Putauaki, also known as Mount Edgecumbe.
+64 7 306 9009
Taupō District Council
South of Rotorua, the town of Taupō is at the centre of the North Island, next to the largest lake in New Zealand and features geothermal areas, the Huka Falls and dominant mountains such as Mount Ngāuruhoe.
+64 7 376 0899
The Hub, Level 1
32 Roberts Street
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
The regional council is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport and economic development. They work in conjunction with the territorial authorities in the Bay of Plenty region.
+64 7 922 3390
PO Box 364
Department of Conservation (DOC)
Film crews should provide DOC with sufficient time to respond properly to requests for filming permits. For small low-impact crews a couple of weeks will be sufficient, for larger crews at least four weeks, and possibly a couple of months, will be required. Extra time will also be needed for shoots that are spread across a number of DOC area offices.
Regional DOC offices
Rotorua DOC Office
99 Sala Street,
Phone: +64 7 349 7400
Whakatāne DOC Office
1/100 Valley Road
Phone: +64 7 307 2770
Tauranga DOC Office
253 Chadwick Road West
Phone: +64 7 578 7677
Taupō DOC Office
37 Motutaiko Street
Phone: +64 7 376 0072
Māori are key partners, stakeholders and members of our community. The Bay of Plenty has the largest number of iwi within any region in New Zealand. Iwi/hapū/whānau must be consulted in conjunction with the Department of Conservation where their land is involved and whether filming will affect their cultural values.
Key considerations for filmmakers in relation to sites that are significant to
Maori include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- The use of indigenous knowledge and any reference to iwi
- Misuse or misappropriation of iwi history, stories or legends
- Use (on-screen) of culturally significant sites including maunga (mountains) and marae (communal meeting house).
- There are areas that are of significant cultural value to the local iwi of the Bay of Plenty. Filming and photography requests and associated activities must respect, recognise and not adversely affect the cultural value or integrity of the local iwi.
Film Bay of Plenty is happy to help with further connections to local iwi to ensure proper protocols and consultation takes place.