Filming in Upper Hutt
Vibrant and cosmopolitan, compact and safe, Wellington offers all the benefits of a much bigger region with few of the hassles, and best of all it’s film friendly. Described by acclaimed Mexican director Guillermo del Toro as “Hollywood the way God intended it”, Wellington is home to a collective of world-leading businesses, artisans and film-makers all within close proximity. As well as being behind some of the biggest and most ambitious movie projects of our time, the easy-going lifestyle in the Wellington Region sees international cast and crew from all over the world adopt the city, and surrounding areas, as their home-away-from-home.
Wellington is the heart of New Zealand’s world class film industry, with Oscar-winning Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop and Weta Digital at its core.
There are great benefits to making movies, commercials or TV shows here.
No fringes — There are no payroll taxes or union fringes on New Zealand labour. New Zealand crew members are generally self-employed independent contractors, so no compulsory fringe benefit tax obligations, personal benefits such as holiday pay and health, government levies or union dues need to be paid by your production. The New Zealand Government’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for most accidents.
It’s easy to do business here — New Zealand ranks Number 3 on the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Report’. This includes bilateral tax agreements, and one of the world’s most advanced and stable banking systems.
The exchange rate is in your favour — The average exchange rate for the first five months of 2014 was $US1 = $NZ1.18
Film Permitting — Film permits are free, and support is readily available for location advice and planning the logistics of your filming.
Locations — Film Wellington, a specialist film support agency, has an ever expanding library of locations from cosmopolitan cityscapes to lush rural landscapes and dramatic coastlines, all within the compact Wellington region.
Industry Links — When you film in Wellington, you have easy access to world-class film production crews, services and facilities from screenwriters to special effects wizards, production assistants to processing labs.