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Infrastructure and studios

Lights, camera, action

There’s more to making movies than just location, location, location. Auckland’s screen industry is fully resourced by a range of film studios to meet your needs.

All studios are only 20 minutes’ drive from downtown and Auckland Airport. The renowned facilities of Auckland Film Studios, South Pacific Pictures and Studio West are near the beautiful forests of the Waitakere Ranges and untouched west coast beaches, which have provided inspiration and locations for many films such as Jane Campion’s multi-award winning The Piano.

Kumeu Film Studios

Kumeu Film Studios

Auckland’s newest screen production site and complex, Kumeu Film Studios totals 27-hectare site (67 acres) and includes extensive stage areas, workshop and manufacture spaces, production offices, 12 hectares (30 acres) of forest, covered Underwater Dive Tank and an outdoor Ocean Surface Tank with a permanent green screen – both are the only water tanks of this size and type in New Zealand. Located just 25 minutes from the city centre.

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Auckland Film Studios

Auckland Film Studios has a variety of facilities for productions of all sizes. This facility hosts a wide range of feature films, TV series and commercials, as well as music video, quiz show and documentary productions.

This 4 hectare (ha) or 10 acre site includes a state-of-the-art 1924 sq m (21,000 sq ft) sound stage, as well as some smaller studios. Auckland Film Studios has been used by international productions such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, Emperor and The Warrior’s Way.

The complex has a full complement of support buildings and covered areas for wardrobe, makeup, art department, casting, catering, construction, greens, props, production office, sound and stunts –as well as a number of independent suppliers which operate from the site.

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South Pacific Pictures

With decades of experience, South Pacific Pictures has an international reputation for producing world-class television and film. It has produced thousands of programming hours, including drama series, serials and feature films, reality programmes and documentaries.

South Pacific Pictures has two purpose-built studios, three production/post production office spaces and a photo cyc/studio available for hire.  All studio and office spaces are available for hire separately or combined, depending on your production needs.

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Studio West

Studio West has a long history of working with many leading international and local TV and film production companies. International clients include Warner Brothers and The Disney Channel.

Situated on 3.25ha (8 acres) in west Auckland, Studio West’s facilities include studios with sound stages, offices, art departments, wardrobe buildings, workshops for construction, paint and prop-making, post production facilities, and 1.2ha (3 acres) of back lot.

Studio West has been home to international productions such as Power Rangers for Saban and The Disney Channel, Yogi Bear and Avalon High.

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