Auckland’s fully-resourced film studios are adaptable to your production needs, offering plenty of choice in facility type, size and features.

Our six main studios cover the full scope of screen production, from music video to feature films, and all are within a 30-minute drive of the city centre and Auckland Airport.

Kumeu Film Studios – New Zealand’s newest film studios

Nestled in the heart of the region’s filmmaking hub in Auckland’s west, Kumeu Film Studios is an exciting new addition to the studio landscape. 

Developed by filmmakers, for filmmakers, the studio complex was first used by Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures for production of shark attack blockbuster The Meg starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing.

Two state-of-the art-water tanks on one site – a deep dive tank, and an outdoor surface water tank – provide a fantastic resource for underwater and on-water shooting in a controlled environment.

Two brand new sound stages have since been added to make Kumeu Film Studios a world-class, full service facility with a massive permanent outdoor green screen, and large backlot featuring forest and streams.

Kumeu is close to a wide range of cinematic locations including parks, beaches, forests, farm land, small town looks, quarries and much more. Suppliers of professional equipment, facilities, effects, and creative workshops are all close by. Auckland’s west is also the base of many experienced and expert crew.

The studios are just 30 mins from the central city, and 40 minutes from Auckland International Airport.

Studio features include:
  • stage area: 4036m2 (43,448ft2), 9m-11m (30ft-36ft) in height
  • workshop and manufacture space/secondary stage area: 6160m2 (66,305ft2) 
  • production offices area: 1215m2 (13,084ft2) with fibre connection and Wi-Fi-fit out  
  • 2 water tanks – Underwater Dive Tank and Ocean Surface Tank – the only tanks of this size in New Zealand
  • permanent green screen wall: 70.6m x 13m (231ft x 42ft) with a surface area of 920m2 (9900ft2)
  • 2 sound stages: 2336.3m2 (25,000ft2) each
  • 12ha (30 acre) forest backlot.
 

Auckland Film Studios – Henderson, Auckland’s established home of production

A mainstay of the Auckland screen production scene for 25 years, Auckland Film Studios has played host to dozens of international television series and commercials, and feature film productions.
 
Situated close to screen businesses, local crew, motorway access and west Auckland’s sought-after locations, this is one connected studio complex.

The site has three stages, the largest of which is 20,695 sq ft (1924 sq m) with a height of 48 ft (14.6 m) clear to the grid. Multiple site entrances, a large green screen, extensive workshops, canopies, hard stand and offices make it a very practical base for one or more productions.

Auckland Film Studios has hosted, among others, The Shannara Chronicles, The Meg, Mr Pip, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Emperor, The Warrior’s Way, 30 Days of Night, Whale Rider, Legend of the Seeker, Xena: Warrior Princess and many New Zealand productions.

Studio features include:

  • 3 studios: 1 x 868m2 (9343ft2), 1 x 784m2 (8439ft2) and a state-of-the-art 1924m2 (21,000ft2).
  • full complement of buildings and areas for wardrobe, makeup, art department, casting, catering, construction, greens, props, production office, sound and stunts
  • a number of independent suppliers also operating on the site.

South Pacific Pictures – a turn-key studio solution

Based in Auckland’s screen heartland of Henderson, South Pacific Pictures has a range of facilities available for hire including two purpose-built studios of 7534 sq ft (700 sq m) and 5381 sq ft (500 sq m).

Used as a base for hundreds of hours of television production, the studio complex offers office and wardrobe spaces, set-building workshop, an on-site café, plenty of parking and full CCTV enabled security.

A photographic studio with full white cyclorama is also available.

South Pacific Pictures is close to Henderson’s business district, and a huge number of shooting locations, while access is easy to the rest of Auckland.

Studio features include:

  • 2 studios: 1 x 700m2 (7535ft2) and 1 x 500m2 (5382ft2)
  • sound-proofed
  • three production/post production office spaces
  • a photo cyc/studio available for hire
  • spaces available for hire separately or combined.

Filmed here: Whale Rider, Shortland Street, Westside, The Almighty Johnsons.


Studio West

Nestled in the green hills of Glen Eden, Studio West provides a full-service studio offering with three stages (of up to 7530 sq ft / 700 sq m each) and a complete suite of support facilities on a large yard. The 3ha (8 acre) site includes 1.2ha (3 acres) of back lot.

The studio complex has been home to many international and domestic productions over the decades and remains a high demand. It provides a fantastic base for productions wanting to be close to the diverse range of stunning locations on its doorstep: from the beautiful Waitakere Ranges to famed black sand beaches. 

Studio West is near Henderson, a major urban centre which is also the base of Auckland Film Studios and many screen suppliers, and only 20 minutes’ drive from the central city.

Studio features include:

  • 3 studios: 1 x 312m2 (3358ft2), 1 x 525m2 (5651ft2) and 1 x 700m2 (7535ft2)
  • workshops and office spaces for production, work and paint, carpentry, costume and art departments, and prop storage
  • post-production facilities
  • 1.2ha (3 acres) of backlot.

Filmed here: Xena Warrior Princess, Yogi Bear, Avalon High, The Disney Channel/Saban’s Power Rangers series.


Kelly Park Film Studio

Thirty minutes’ drive north of Auckland’s central city, and 10 minutes from the growing rural centre of Silverdale, Kelly Park Film Studio sits on 3.6ha (9 acres) of rolling farmland on a fully secure site completely zoned for filming. 

The former equestrian centre offers a vast clear-span space with a dirt floor that can be dug out to provide 52 feet (16 m) to the gantry.

The multi-purpose site includes internal offices recently refurbished with good access to power and high speed internet. Kelly Park was used in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Ferryman, Ash vs Evil Dead and other quality productions.

The site includes a lake, forest backlot, extensive hard stand areas and parking, a building pad and access to a pine forest able to be used for filming just minutes up the road.

Studio features include:

  • a 4538m2 (48,846ft2) studio, situated on 3.78ha of land consented for filming
  • an earth floor, where levels can be adjusted to meet production requirements (it was excavated 8m (26ft) for the village set of 30 Days of Night, and for the movie The Ferryman a large pool was created for a sail boat)
  • a clear span building with no internal walls or columns in the internal studio area, with a strategically built catwalk system that runs the full length of the building, offering 3802m2 (40,924ft2)of working studio floor area
  • ramp trolley access, providing a safe elevated vantage point down onto the ground floor
  • lighting grids running along each side of the interior, and convenient anchor points for sets and scaffolding to be secured
  • black roof space with sound proofing insulation material.

Filmed here: 30 Days of Night, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Ferryman; Ash v Evil Dead; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Sword of Destiny.


Beop Studios

Located in central Auckland, Beop Studios is the most accessible dry hire studio in the city. The 224m2 (2241ft2) studio is very user friendly, with 10 car parks and drive-on access. Ideal for sets, green screen, art department and wardrobe, the studio opened in 2016 and has carried out a wide range of productions, including commercials, film, television, animation, documentaries and live events. 

Studio features include:

  • 241m2 (2594ft@) white studio with 4.5m (14.9ft) high stud.
  • 10 car parks
  • drive-on access for lighting and grip trucks
  • 3 phase power (62amp) in the centre of the studio
  • green room
  • producers lounge and kitchenette.

Filmed here: adverts for McDonald’s, Steinlager, TV3, Mitre 10, plus numerous music videos.


AR/VR Garage

The AR/VR Garage is home to Auckland's augmented and virtual reality startups and we have some great facilities that you can use too.
With an infinity green screen cyclorama studio available for hire, this is ideal for virtual reality filming, and any other film or photo shoots requiring a green screen.

Studio features include:

  • Over 100m2, and is the height of two stories.  
  • There is a stair way up one side at the back.  
  • A giant garage roller door opens up to the driveway so you can drive in a giant truck if you want.
  • If you open the garage door, you can have daylight.  
  • With the Garage door closed, there is very little light.
  • One onsite carpark is available during work hours (an AR/VR Garage visitor park), but after hours you can use any AR/VR Garage park near the studio.
  • Bathroom access is included. 
  • Kitchen access is included on weekdays, but not in the weekends or after hours.
  • Rates: half day $250, full day $500, overnight $800
  • Repainting fee $100 if required
  • There is also a  sound room available, and a motion capture setup in the studio.

 

Find out more about AR/VR Garage

 


Studio 230

Studio 230 is Auckland's most convenient studio location for film and television productions, advertising stills and photography shoots.

Studio features include:

  • Three-walled white cyclorama
  • Soundstage 
  • Separate makeup/green room and a built-in lighting rig.
  • A dock-way provides easy access for lighting and film trucks, and drive-on sets.
  • It has a full rail for curtains.
  • Blacks and green or blue screens can be rented on request.
  • It has a self-contained kitchenette and bathroom facilities.
  • Hireage includes power, wireless internet, and car parking.
  • It has three-phase power: two x 63 amp and single-phase power: two x 20 amp.
  • Size: 16m x 11m x 6m

Find out more about Studio 230

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