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New Zealand Offers Breathtaking Locations, Trained Crews, 20% Cash Grant

A Wrikle in Time
Courtesy of Disney/Atsushi Nishijima

With its heart-quickening vistas and magnificent views, New Zealand is a prime location for savvy investors seeking to maximize the incentive on their next project.

Consider the production value of filming amid the daunting heights of the Southern Alps, or along the stunning shores of Lake Gunn. There’s also Auckland, with its magnificent Sky Tower and the beautiful Mission Bay Beach. For adventure sports lovers, skiing and bungee jumping in Queenstown beckon, while Christchurch features quaint parks. If mud pools and Maori culture are what your project needs, consider Rotorua. And of course there’s Wellington, the nation’s bustling capital city.

Well-trained and veteran film crews aren’t hard to find, and post-production facilities include state-of-the-art Weta Digital, co-founded by Peter Jackson and based in Wellington. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” trilogy both filmed in New Zealand; productions that have used New Zealand locations in 2018 alone include “Mortal Engines,” “The Meg,” “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Besides coming to the nation for its spectacular locations, many filmmakers enjoy New Zealand’s baseline cash grant of 20% on qualified expenses. There’s the potential to bring that up to 25% on projects that are deemed to provide the country significant additional economic benefit.

Incentives
20% Cash grant on qualified spending
5% Uplift for projects that provide significant additional economic benefit to New Zealand

Information courtesy of the Production Incentives team at Entertainment Partners.

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