FILMMAKING IN THE WAIKATO

​Tangata and Whenua

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Welcome to the mighty Waikato, home of bountiful pastures and rolling plains, mighty maunga (mountains) and winding awa (rivers) with secrets and surprises around every bend.

Our diverse landscapes - from black sand beaches, wild bush, rugged mountains, rolling hills, vibrant cities, rural hamlets, mighty rivers, geothermal wonders, to sub-tropical shores - will bring your stories to life.

Filmmakers will receive a warm and friendly welcome when they come to the Waikato. The people of this place - Tainui - Iwi (Tribe) have lived here for more than 700 years, when Māori settled on the Kāwhia coast. Today, their ancestors call the Waikato, Hauraki, Maniapoto and Raukawa regions their home. European settlers arrived in the Waikato in the early 1800’s.

Today, the Waikato region and it’s largest city Hamilton, are known for their agriculture, science, information technology and manufacturing output.

FILMMAKING IN THE WAIKATO HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

Increasingly, the Waikato region is being recognised for our vibrant art scene, fine but relaxed dining, and a growing entertainment sector.

You’ll find many up and coming filmmakers, so fill up your crew using our abundance of talent.

People are often astonished when they discover the plethora of industry professionals and independent filmmakers that call Waikato home.

To see some of the wonderful films made right here in the Waikato, visit our MistyFlicks Showcase right here.

OUR REGIONS

For further information about the laws and permits required to film in the Waikato, click here.

WAIKATO FILMMAKING LOCATION INSPIRATION