Filming in New Zealand

New Zealand has a world-class reputation as a filming location. It offers spectacular scenery, highly skilled crews and an established support network for New Zealand and non-New Zealand screen production companies. This section contains information that supports local and international productions to succeed.

- Letters of Non-Objection
- New Zealand Screen Production Grant
- Filming on Department of Conservation land
- Ngai Tahu Film Guide


Letters of Non-Objection

For further information on letters of non-objection and application forms please contact the SPADA Office on (04) 939 6934. If you would like to download the application form for a letter of non-objection please click here.

New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG)

The New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) came into effect on 1 April 2014 (replacing the Screen Production Incentive Fund) and updated as of 1 August, 2015.  For New Zealand productions and official co-productions, the NZSPG offers a cash grant equivalent to 40% of Qualifying New Zealand Production Expenditure (QNZPE). This grant is capped at NZ$6 million per production unless the production qualifies for an additional grant.  

The New Zealand Film Commission administers the NZSPG and would welcome a conversation with you if you think your production may qualify as a New Zealand production or an official co-production.


Commercial Filming on Department of Conservation Land (DOC)

New Zealand has thirteen national parks and more than five million hectares (approximately a third of New Zealand's landmass) protected as parks and reserves. This land, with its unique vegetation and stunning vistas, is recognised worldwide.  DOC is the guardian of New Zealand's conservation estate and administers its national parks. If you want to film in an area managed by DOC you need to apply for a concession - more information can be found here

Code of Practice for Filming on Public Conservation Lands
This code was developed by Film New Zealand and DOC for the benefit of the screen production sector. Download here.

Ngai Tahu Film Guide

Guidelines for screen production companies seeking to film on lands of importance to Ngai Tahu, which includes land administered by the Department Of Conservation, have been drawn up by Ngai Tahu and SPADA.  The guidelines point out intellectual property and location issues that may be of concern to the Iwi so that production companies can either avoid problems or plan a mitigation strategy.  The guidelines include advice and assistance which will help with the necessary consultation process with local tribal councils.  Guidelines available here.