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hongi is a traditional Maori greeting. Noses are pressed together and
the ha, or breath of life, is exchanged and intermingled. The hongi is
an integral part of the powhiri (welcoming ceremony).
image credit: James
Andrew Adamson first read the Chronicles as a child and was captured by
the excitement and adventure of the new world Lewis portrayed.
Now 30 years later he has brought this enchanting world to life on the
big screen, a world almost entirely filmed in his native country of New
is easy to see that this is a magical land, filled with magical people,
This magical land as Adamson calls it, was also the backdrop
for The Lord of The Rings trilogy and now New Zealand, the
home of Middle-earth, is set to become Narnia.
of Narnia in New Zealand
us design your wheelchair accessible vacation to visit one of
New Zealand's many heart-stopping cinema landscapes.
number of locations in New Zealand have now become part of The
Chronicles of Narnia, (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe).
was used to show the arrival of spring in Narnia. As the White
Witchs power began to recede, the landscape transformed
from eternal winter into a world of verdant green. Paradise
is close to Glenorchy, which is at the northern end of Lake
Wakatipu in the Queenstown region. See NZ
Chronicles of Narnia, New Zealand Film Locations
An hour north-west of Auckland, the dark trees of Woodhill
Forest were transformed into the dreaded camp of the White Witch
of Narnia. The general area can be found by turning left onto Rimmer
Road (signposted off State Highway 16 before Helensville). The forest
also has a network of mountain bike trails for riders of all levels.
For a delightful 30 minute diversion visit Muriwai Beach where the
black sand and waves from the Tasman Sea are a favourite with surfers
and vacationers. Otakamiro Point, at the southern end of the beach,
is home to one of New Zealand's few mainland gannet breeding colonies.
Great Battle - Flock Hill
Flock Hill is high in the Southern Alps of the South Island is an
area of tortured rocks and dramatic valleys. This is where the scenes
of the great battle for Narnia were filmed. Flock Hill is about
90 minutes from Christchurch on the Arthur's Pass Highway to Greymouth.
Take your time and stop at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve by Broken
River. The karst topography of limestone rocks seen from here and
across Cave Stream is typical of the landscape that portrays Narnia.
of: Ian Brodie
Camp - Elephant Rocks
The ancient Elephant Rocks that sprout from the rolling hills near
Duntroon in the Waitaki district of the South Island are Aslan's
Camp. The historic town of Oamaru with its white limestone buildings
is the ideal base for exploring the area. Close by is the Oamaru
blue penguin colony (these are the smallest penguins in the world
and can be viewed in their natural habitat). Oamaru is also home
to the award winning Whitestone Cheese, the factory has an onsite
café and shop allowing visitors to sample local produce and
great castle of Cair Paravel on the Eastern Sea of Narnia was created
by computer-generated imagery superimposed on the cliff tops of
Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins, an area of spectacular coastal scenery.
South of Dunedin, the Catlins coast road from Balclutha towards
Invercargill is a journey through dense rain forest and dramatic
seascapes. Although the entire trip only takes a few hours, spreading
the journey over a few days allows for a leisurely exploration of
an area abundant in native flora and fauna.